Montessori Teacher, Burlington Area School District
Anneke Thompson is a Montessori teacher in the Burlington Area School District. She has taught fourth, fifth, and sixth graders for the past 17 years. Prior to becoming a Montessori teacher, she was a special education teacher in Illinois. During the past three years, she has been an advisor for the Techno Dragons club. Students in the club learn to code, build robots, and design creations through 3D printing. The club also promotes leadership skills by involving middle school and high school mentors.
Anneke was the recipient of the WEA Forward Together Award in 2016, which helped her school to purchase a 3D printer. This purchase has helped her start a student-led 3D design business. She was also honored as a Kohl Fellowship Award winner in 2015. In addition to these awards, Anneke has received additional grants and donations from various local businesses and community members to help the technology club offer a wide variety of options for students to gain 21st century skills.