This is Ms. Ansley Head’s second year at Daphne High School. Last year she taught a business essentials class, and this year she teaches government classes for seniors.
Ms. Head was born in Atlanta, Georgia and moved to the Eastern Shore of Alabama when she was ten. She later attended Duke University and Southern Methodist University School of Law. She has one brother who is a real estate agent. Ms. Head has two children, a 13-year-old named Julia who attends Fairhope Middle School, and a 9-year-old named Anna Camille who attends Fairhope Intermediate School.
Before Ms. Head started working at Daphne, she worked at the Alabama School of Math and Science as the director of residential life and an instructor of government and economics. She originally started teaching, because her children grew older, and she felt it was “time to get back to work!”
Ms.Head loves working here at Daphne; she said, “Working with the seniors is the best!” When asked about what class she likes teaching better, her business class last year or her government class this year, she indicated that she likes both classes, but her fourth block government class can be a bit tricky. Ms. Head’s goal for teaching at Daphne is to “create classes in which students learn and enjoy the experience. End goals would be for seniors to want to come to government and economics!”
Because there are so many new faces here at Daphne this year, it has been a challenging time. When asked who her teacher gal pal is, Ms. Head replied, “All of the teachers bent over backwards to help the new teachers. In particular Helms and Casolaro are my mentor-teachers. Few is my next door neighbor, Dunn is across the hall. Fawcett pops in often. All of these folks and other teachers have been amazingly supportive.” She said she is gradually getting used to the way things work around DHS.
When it is time to retire, she wants to keep enjoying life. When Ms. Head has free time from her crazy schedule, she likes to spend time with her friends and daughters, visiting the beach, running, reading, and cooking. A fun fact about Ms. Head is, “I keep having a 39th Birthday over and over and over again!”
When asked about what her best advice is for the seniors about to enter the real world, she had a lot of suggestions. She shared the following: “Keep a positive attitude and get into problem-solving mode when facing challenges. Avoid drama. Short term sacrifice brings long term gain. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. Hard work pays off. Keep things in perspective. Figure out what your passions are and pursue them. Don’t make money for your end-all goal in life. Find a balance and cherish all your blessings. Look at the glass half full. Find gratitude not complaints. Love is always better than hate. Forgive because hanging on to anger is toxic. Surround yourself with positive people and let go of the negative ones.”
Welcome to Daphne High School, Ms. Head! We are happy to have you!