Annie Spader Byerly ‘73
Since graduating from Wellesley College in 1977, Annie has devoted her life to elementary education. She has spent some time teaching nursery, first grade, second grade, and third grade, but a clear majority of her years (27) have been spent as a kindergarten teacher. She has been a math specialist and an art specialist, and was briefly an administrator. After teaching at Pike in Andover and Buckley in NYC, she has just finished her 20th year at The Brearley School, an all-girls independent school in Manhattan. During her time as the Director of Kindergarten and Class I at Brearley, she developed and instituted a curriculum called Respect and Responsibility, which has now expanded to a K-IV class at Brearley, and has been imitated at other schools. This year Annie will be on sabbatical, enjoying some travel, lots of reading and organizing, and visits to Kindergartens locally, domestically, and maybe in other countries.
Each year Annie serves on the staff of the NYSAIS Experienced Teachers Institute. She recently became a fellow of The Academy for Teachers in New York City. Annie has enjoyed the occasional opportunity to work more closely with the high school girls at Brearley, three times chaperoning a two-week trip to Vermont and once the Student Diversity Leadership Conference.
Annie lives in Englewood, NJ, with her husband Paul. She spends a good deal of time as a Warden of the Vestry at her church and looking forward to visits from her daughters, Lily, who teaches in Manhattan, while getting her Masters at Bank Street College, and lives in Brooklyn, and Maisy, who, after two years teaching in China, is about to start her Masters at University of Chicago.
Since graduating from Abbot Academy, Class of ’73, Annie has maintained her ties to Abbot and Andover by attending reunion every five years and sometimes attending mini-reunions in New York City. She keeps up in the interim on Facebook with her class and other Abbot Rabbits!