Anna Boshka, MS English Literature
Teacher - EnglishAnna Boshka was born and raised in Northwest Montana. She enjoyed a childhood filled with huckleberry-picking, rafting, fly-fishing, and hiking. For much of that childhood she, along with her mother, father, and younger brother, lived in a bucolic mountain cabin without electricity or consistently flowing running water. There she learned the values of hard work and self-sufficiency while hauling water, chopping wood, and helping in her family’s immense garden. Most importantly, she learned to treasure books as companions and to this day is happiest reading a good novel by kerosene lamplight.
Anna earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Montana (Go Griz!) in 2003. Upon graduation she traveled on a tuition scholarship to the Summer Literary Seminars program in St. Petersburg,Russia, where she had the great opportunity to learn from major writers and thinkers. She worked as an elementary school resource paraprofessional before returning to school. While working on her master’s degree in English, she met a tall, handsome man with whom she could talk for hours. Brian Grosenbaugh, fellow Monarch School English teacher, became her lifelong companion in August, 2006.
After a summer of fun fishing for salmon in Copper Center, Alaska, Brian accepted a teaching position at Monarch School. Anna worked at Monarch as the College Planning Instructor and as a tutor while caring for their daughter, Mae. The couple currently lives on campus, and Mae loves coming to the Monarch School for the meals and the endless attention. “Monarch feels like an extension of our family,” Anna notes. “I think our students are successful largely because they feel safe and protected.” She joined the English Department in June, 2010, and loves her job introducing challenging, interesting students the world of literature: “I’m never bored, that’s for sure” she jokes. She also teaches Creative Writing, encouraging students to stretch their creative muscles and exploring Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s theory of “flow”. In July 2011, Brian and Anna welcomed another daughter, Harper Daisy, into their family and are enjoying introducing their daughters to the natural beauty that surrounds them.