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Anne Roth

Anne Roth

Anne Roth, a member of the Honors College from Annandale, Virginia, will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies, a master’s degree in elementary education and a minor in Spanish. She has served as an ambassador for the Honors College and a four-year member of the Mountaineer Marching Band where she served as the saxophone section leader and woodwind rank leader.

She has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average in her master’s program while serving as a founding member of the WVU Figure Skating Club, a substitute teacher for Monongalia and Preston County Schools and a tutor for children of West Virginia University faculty and staff.

Roth volunteers her time to community service through Sigma Alpha Iota and as a certified coach with the Professional Skaters Association and Learn to Skate USA. She also worked as an intern for the WVU Medicine Child Development Center teaching socio-emotional lessons through music.

An opportunity to travel abroad to Honduras with the WVU Global Medical and Dental Brigades as a student translator propelled her to pursue a career in multilingual and cultural education. This immersive experience helped develop her Spanish proficiency and to discover that despite language barriers and cultural differences, learning and communication is still possible among children.

Roth introduced and researched the outcomes of integrating multilingual-multicultural education in the general curriculum of her rural kindergarten classroom through music and movement during her student teaching internship. The kindergarten class built a Spanish vocabulary and explored how to introduce a new language and culture through interactive lessons.

Her goal is to teach children to appreciate and acknowledge similarities between languages and cultures without devaluing the differences that make them unique.

Ultimately, she hopes to work as a K-6 educator and advocate the importance of bilingualism for students’ socio-emotional and academic development.

Additionally, she is exploring Ph.D. programs that center on culturally responsive pedagogy in pre-service teachers.