Sra. Colbert, Member of Language Department, Retires
This coming year, Milton Academy will be without veteran Ana Colbert, as she retires after a 27 year tenure at Milton. The sole teacher of the Spanish 2/3 and Spanish 5AP courses, she will undoubtedly be missed within the Language Department. As a mentor, she leaves an even more profound mark on the student body. She has transcended her role as a teacher and shaped her students’ outlooks on life, instilling enthusiasm for the Spanish language and endowing her students with an understanding of the world around them.
“I have never had a teacher like Sra. Colbert.” Louis McWilliams (II) testifies, “Every reading was her favorite.” Her love of Spanish literature was infectious, and readings from “1500 to 1950″ would all become “appreciated” texts in her classes. For most students, the hallmark of an excellent teacher is the ability to fully captivate an audience that would otherwise be relatively uninterested in the material at hand; Sra. Colbert mastered this art effortlessly.
When asked for a simple description of her current AP Literature teacher, Nicole Baker-Greene (II) said, Sra. Colbert is “kind, excited, and spirited”. The atmosphere she creates for her classes is an enjoyable one, albeit productive and serious.
“Her class is the hardest I’ve ever taken,” said Chloe Gianatasio (II), “yet I can never manage to get mad at her; I’m always finding that her class helps me in my other academic disciplines. And, of course, she is so nice.” While the classes she teaches can be challenging, the immersive method with which Mrs. Colbert has taught has been uniquely rewarding for many of her students.
Ultimately, all the characteristics of Sra. Colbert’s classes—their worldliness, vigor, and light-heartedness—arise from the passion and openness with which she runs her classes. “She encourages us to express our viewpoints,” Nicole said, “and challenges us to explore others.” Regardless of the topic in discussion, Sra. Colbert always excites inquisitiveness in her students. “She will be missed” Nicole adds. The entire Milton community and the Milton Measure echo this sentiment.
Sra. Colbert engages her class
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