I grew up in a stone house in Philadelphia with no rooms, built in 1891 as headquarters for a Men's Singing Club. My parents were artists and I spent my childhood tagging along at their performance art shows and attending my own, Saturday art classes. Summers, I went to the Catskill Mountains, bushwhacking, exploring creek beds, and observing the night sky with my dad. It wasn't until college that I realized when most people said, "hiking," they meant on trails.
I studied Music and Biology in undergrad, thinking one day I would narrow down my interests. After two summers teaching at the Maria Mitchell Association, two seasons teaching at Nature's Classroom, and two years teaching wilderness survival skills in Maine, I came to love the field of education. I studied Ecology and Environmental Science at the University of Maine, where I developed hankerings for snow pants and bluegrass. In Maine, my friends and I formed a band called "The Park St. Pickers," and played every Wednesday night at the local bar. Meanwhile, I took weekly jazz piano lessons and worked making science videos for the University's PR department.
I moved to Boston to work for a company that made educational media for museums, but realized I missed the field of science, and working with children. I spent summers teaching at Upward Bound and i2 Camps, and went to Tufts for a Masters in STEM Education. I recorded my first album and delved more deeply into songwriting.
I moved back to Philadelphia in 2014 for a job as an elementary science teacher, teaching all boys. In 2023, I am starting the next chapter of life. I founded the bands, Ants on a Log in 2015 and Open Hand in 2017, and joined the cover band, Nothing Wrong, and began samba drum classes with Unidos da Filadelfia in 2015. I continue to study science, teaching, and music, and to harbor a love of learning and an interest in most things.
- "Meet Anya Rose of Ants on a Log" Canvas Rebel, Dec 2023
- "SCH teacher and fellow 'Ants' delight kids with music" June 2023
- “Summer Sizzles: SCH Science Teacher Selected for Fulbright Iceland Seminar.” JUNE 15, 2021
- “SCH Teacher Takes Her Passion on the Road” Oct 22, 2021
- FY 2022 Fulbright Hays Seminars Abroad Promotional Video. Oct 28, 2021
- Leeway Award for Art and Social Change, 2016 and 2017
- Please see more complete list here for Ants on a Log.
- The Science Behind Syrup Making, 2019.