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Ms. Anez Comes "Home" to LuHi!

We are so excited to share LuHi alum Liz Anez has returned to LuHi as a member of our teaching faculty! Liz graduated from LuHi in 2015, and currently teaches 7th and 8th grade Social Studies. Read on to get to know Ms. Anez a little better.

Where did you attend college, and what did you study there?
I went to Gordon College in Massachusetts, and I studied Education and History.

What do you love about history?
History fascinates me because it is a collection of stories (of individuals, or cultures, or nations) that all fit together to tell a bigger story of humanity. By studying history through different lenses, we can learn to manage other perspectives in our own contexts.

What are you most looking forward to as you step into the role of teacher at LuHi?
I loved my time here at LuHi and I’m so excited to be a part of my students’ experience at this school! I’m excited to give my students the tools they need to become the people that they are meant to be.  

What are your interests outside of teaching?
I love reading, spending time with my family, movies, music and traveling.

What is a little known fact about you?
In an effort to save the dying population of honeybees, I became president of the Gordon College Beekeeping Association despite my fear of insects.

Which of LuHi's core values (Christian love, excellence, community, family) most resonates for you and why?
I would say family and community. I have a family here at LuHi and it inspired me to take the love and support I found here and share it with the other communities I am a part of and even those that I am not yet a part of. 

What is your favorite book? Why?
Honestly my answer to this question is more of a long, continuous list but currently it’s Omeros by Derek Walcott. Its beautifully written and filled with amazing figurative language. Walcott subtly creates a resilient female character in the midst of stereotypical gender roles and overshadowing plot lines. 

What is your favorite holiday and why? 
I love Thanksgiving - it’s a celebration about my two favorite things: family and food! My family cooks a delicious meal that includes both traditional Thanksgiving food and Hispanic food!

We like to refer to our caring school community as our "LuHi family". What is one characteristic or memory of your own family that you would like to share?
My family is very fun and extremely loving. They are the kind of people that instantly make you feel like you are a part of the family, and I promise you’ll never stop laughing when you’re with my family!

You graduated from LuHi in 2015 - what is your favorite LuHi memory?
My entire time at LuHi was amazing, but one of favorite memories was chaperoning the Freshman retreat as a senior with a group of my friends (having my little brother there was a bonus!).

What was your favorite class/subject at LuHi - and why?
AP Literature and AP Language with Ms. Grene - she’s a genius!

You participated in LuHi’s mission trips to Nicaragua - share what that experience was like!
Nicaragua was also one of my favorite LuHi memories! Getting to serve alongside my classmates and teachers was a unique opportunity that not only helped us to bond together but also to shine God’s light to the people we were serving. LuHi constantly taught me the importance of love and service and going on this trip as a senior felt like a culmination of everything I had learned at LuHi - showing love, compassion, and Christ’s hope to everyone I met!
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