"Sports force you to deal with the highs and the lows, success and failure. I can help athletes walk through those and grow from them and hopefully do it in a way that honors the Lord. This is a super valuable skill for the rest of life."
For this week's feature, we are recognizing Coach Anne McKeown! You may already know her as our Upper School Spanish Teacher. Read more about her passion for coaching and pointing students to Christ both in and out of the classroom.
All Colleges/Universities Attended and Degrees Obtained (If Applicable)
Grace College - Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Education
What sport(s) do you coach?
Varsity Girls Soccer & Assistant Swim Coach
Tell Us a Little About Your Own Athletic Experience (high school, college, etc)
In high school I played soccer and swam. I played center back in soccer and swam the butterfly for all 4 years. I continued my soccer career in college where I played outside back.
Share with us about your family, any hobbies you enjoy, and what brought you to WCCS.
Actually a soccer connection is what brought me to WCCS. I played in college with the former head of school's daughter who shared with me that the school was looking for a Spanish teacher. I have now been here for 10 years! I have been married to Ian McKeown for 2 years now who also joined the WCCS family, and we are expecting our first child at the end of April.
What do you love most about coaching at WCCS?
I love the relationship that I get to build with the students outside of the classroom. There is something special about seeing them on a personal level in a different environment. I also love that nobody really gets lost in the shuffle. The small atmosphere allows teachers and coaches to be alert to needs that a student has and for others to be able to help them along the way.
How do you encourage our WCCS student athletes to bring their Christian faith onto the athletic field?
A team atmosphere is perfect for encouraging service and leadership together. These are perfect opportunities for me to model service leadership then have these ladies take ownership of it themselves.
How do you believe WCCS athletics helps prepare student athletes for life?
Sports force you to deal with the highs and the lows, success and failure. I can help them walk through those and grow from them and hopefully do it in a way that honors the Lord. This is a super valuable skill for the rest of life.
Share a moment from your coaching here at WCCS that stands out as something you never want to forget.
For several years, the team has been able to serve by volunteering at the Special Olympic Spring Games which has been something really special. Every year there are so many little things that, when reminiscing, make you belly laugh and those are the good times.
You have also been a teacher at WCCS for 10 years! What classes do you teach?
High School Spanish
How do you believe WCCS prepares students for success in college and beyond?
I think that whatever a student puts into their education here that is what they will reap in the future. I feel that in each area of life, academic, spiritual, sevice, emotional, familial, etc. there is an opportunity to grow in that and experience that if they want it.
How is faith and learning integrated at WCCS?
I think that as Christians we naturally have a way about how we do life that exudes from each classroom. Even on bad days we have a chance to go and extend and experience forgiveness. There is also the openness that we are able to have to answer students questions. We can lead them to answers and share truthfully about our studies and experiences while ultimately letting them decide for themselves.
As a teacher, what is a unique experience, talent, or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
Obviously my time studying abroad in Argentina is a huge influence on how I am able to teach my class and the perspective it gives me about the rest of the world. My other travels, including 8 trips to the Dominican Republic with our school, has helped shape that as well as given me a unique relationship with many of our current and graduated students. Living in close quarters in a tropical environment will do that! Finally, I think my ability to integrate technology use has been an asset that enourages students and helps prepare them for the future.