Loyola University Chicago

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership


Anna Monarski

Anna Monarski
English, Secondary Education
Victoria, MN

What are some of your interests and involvement outside the Gannon Scholars program?

Outside of the Gannon Scholars program, I sing in the Loyola Women's Chorus, volunteer through Loyola4Chicago and at Open Books Ltd., and am a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. I also work as a Peer Advisor to support first-year students' transitions.

Why is the mission of women's leadership important to you?

As a future educator, my goal is to be a strong female leader who empowers my students and revolutionizes our wider educational pedagogy. The Gannon Scholars program is equipping me with the resources, connections, academic opportunities, and personal development I need to be an effective advocate and social justice warrior.

What are you interested in researching? Why?

I am interested in researching the impact of representative literature in the lives of academically at-risk secondary English Language Arts students in Chicago public schools. As a white student, the majority of the required books taught in English classrooms feature characters that match my pale complexion and blue eyes. Culture often gets reduced to the visible, but what about students who are homeless, immigrants, or part of the LGBTQIA+ community? I want to examine if our “classic” English curriculum is reaching all learners and advocate for a better curriculum moving forward.