Anne Schober
Most Recent Book Title
Heart Prints
Book Description
Each of us has a story. Each of us is unique. Heart Prints encourages teachers to open their hearts and eyes to each of the students in their classrooms. It reveals the realities of the classroom when a teacher realizes that each person has a story to tell and each person has a voice to be heard. This work is a story of connections, success, heartbreak and love. It is an impassioned call to learn to teach, love and speak with your heart to change your life. This book is filled with honesty, despair, victories and tears. Through my voice as a teacher and my students’ voices, we reflect on our time together and the way our connections are illuminated through Heart Prints; a story filled with hope. My story was difficult to write because it was not just my story. My family, my students, and my fellow teachers became an integral part of my daily life. Our lives were so intertwined, it was impossible to separate them. Heart Prints is that story—our story. After I became a Freedom Writer teacher in July of 2007, my life as a teacher changed more than words can describe. Erin Gruwell showed me how to teach with my heart so that the rest will follow. I learned how to 'put myself out there' so that my students would learn to trust me. I learned that sometimes the hardest stories—the ones that tear us up and spit us out—were the ones that made us stronger.
Location (city/state/country)
Lancaster, PA United States
Author bio
Born in Birmingham, Alabama and having moved around the south and Midwest for most of my elementary years, I moved to Lancaster, PA when I was thirteen years old. I graduated from Gannon University in 1983 with an Associate's degree in Medical Assisting and from Millersville University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in English Education.

I worked for three years in public education and for the past twelve years in private education at Lancaster Catholic High School where I also served as the English Department Chairperson. In July of 2007, I was picked from over 10,000 applicants to work with Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers Foundation and am currently one of 300 educators worldwide certified as a Freedom Writer teacher. For the past eight years, I have also worked as an adjunct for the Pennsylvania Writing Institute, held at Millersville University. In August, 2010, I became a published author with the release of Teaching Hope, a compilation of stories from the classroom written by the Freedom Writer teachers along with Erin Gruwell. I was the chairperson for the 2014 PCTELA conference held October 24 and 25 in Pittsburgh, PA, with the theme "Energized Teachers + Engaged Students = Success!"

I am currently working with Thom Stecher and Associates teaching several classes while also running my speaking business called Connections Count. I have been married to my husband, Mike, for 30 years and we have three children: Michelle, 28; JoAnne, 26; and Stephen, 21. For more information, please visit
Professional Speaker Topics
Reigniting the Passion for Teaching
Writing to Heal, Empower and Enlighten
Sexual Assault - Survivor
The Power of Making Connections
Every Person Has A Story
Freedom Writers
Favorite Quote or Personal Motto

Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.
Brene Brown

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