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Director of Professional Development
Anna Brandes is currently the Director of Professional Development on the School Programs team at Academic Approach. She has worked at Academic Approach since 2013 when she moved from her home state of Michigan to be a part of the city of Chicago and to make a broader impact in education. Prior to joining Academic Approach, Anna was a middle school math teacher for at-risk students in Michigan while earning her Masters of Education.
Anna attended Hope College, a small, liberal arts school in West Michigan. She played volleyball and ran track for four years while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Education. Outside of work, Anna loves to hang out with her husband and dog, watch a balanced mix of reality TV and sports, and try as many restaurants Chicago has to offer (leading favorites are Parachute and Ema).