The teachers and staff members at St. Paul Preparatory share a love of cultures and education. We come from diverse backgrounds and share our unique talents and experiences with our school community. We truly care about our students and take joy in helping them reach their full potential.
Meet Anni Bowers from our Hosting Department.
Staff Profile, Annika Bowers
- What’s your favorite movie: The Motorcycle Diaries, The Princess Bride, Across the Universe
- Favorite book: Let the Great World Spin by Collum McCann
- Favorite color: Red
- Favorite food: Chocolate
What’s something cool about your subject? Why does it matter?
The host family program provides additional opportunity for students to practice English and for intercultural learning and development.
What do you do when you’re not working at SPP?
Read blogs and listen to podcasts or music while riding the bus to Minneapolis. I play volleyball and sing in a choir.
How did you spend your summer?
I went to a few weddings for friends, volunteered with Minnesotans United for all Families, and worked with international students at the U of M.
Where is the best place you’ve ever lived or visited and why?
Women’s Studies J-Term in South Africa because of the view from Table Mountain in Cape Town, visiting Nelson Mandela’s cell at Robbin Island, and meeting many wonderful female activists, artists, and entrepreneurs.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done?
When I studied abroad in Argentina, I played for the volleyball team at Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza. After one of the games I played I was in the local paper because of it!
If you could give one piece of advice about life, what would it be?
High Hopes, Low Expectations – Advice given to me by a modern-day Zapatista in Mexico. It serves me well on most occasions, especially those that you can’t control.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do there?
I would love to go to Puerto Rico and go to the beach, go hiking, drive around and find good places to catch a bite of local fare.
What’s your favorite holiday?
Memorial Day, because in Minnesota it is the beginning of months of good weather and many awesome grill-out/barbecue opportunities.
If you weren’t teaching, what job would you want?
Graphic Designer? Portrait Artist? Something visual in nature.
Have you ever experienced culture shock? When and how did you deal with it?
Yes, many times. I would say I experienced it most acutely in China and in Mexico. My advice is to take one day at a time and find a support network.
Tell me something interesting or unique about yourself.
I am left-handed at all activities except racquet sports and using scissors.