Anna Gonzales


Anna Gonzales teaches ninth-grade English along with a year-long American literature course for juniors, focused on texts written by Black American authors. She also teaches a spring elective introducing students to the tools of digital humanities. She serves as the head coach for girls’ JV squash and girls’ JV tennis, and lives on Mac II. She also helps to compile the English department’s annual journal of exceptional student work, the Little Brown House Review. She previously assistant-coached girls’ thirds soccer and girls’ JV basketball, advised the Scroll, and served as an associate in John Louis dormitory. In the summers, Anna works with the KIPP-STEP program on Deerfield’s campus.

In 2018, Anna finished her master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania through the Penn Residency Master’s in Teaching program. She completed a thesis on the benefits of reflection in the classroom.

Anna graduated from Swarthmore College in 2016 with highest honors in English literature and gender & sexuality studies, and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. At Swarthmore, she worked on the college newspaper and long-form magazine, captained the rugby team, facilitated consent and healthy relationship workshops, and interviewed applicants as a member of the Admissions Office. Anna’s academic interests include Victorian literature, Shakespeare’s plays, 20th-century African-American literature, the digital humanities, and the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, class, and power.

Anna is originally from Denver, Colorado and enjoys skiing, cycling, and running. In 2012, she graduated from Deerfield, where she particularly enjoyed English and history classes, working on the Scroll and Albany Road, and competing on the field hockey, ski racing, and cycling teams.



    Frequently Asked Questions

    Deerfield students are encouraged to step outside their comfort zone and try new experiences. If a student wishes to play a new sport, then he/she can participate in tryouts along with the other athletes, and will be placed according to their skill level. Most sports at Deerfield have multiple teams, so those new to a particular sport will usually have the opportunity to play at an appropriate level. Beginners should be sure to notify the coach if they require guidance in navigating a new sport.

    Students are required to participate in a co-corricular each term. “Co-curriculars” do not necessarily have to be an interscholastic sport. Other options include community service, dance, theater, recreational sports, or even managing a sport. Additionally, students with talents in certain areas such as the arts may apply for a co-curricular exemption, in which they pursue their talent under the guidance of a Deerfield faculty member. Freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to participate in at least two terms of interscholastic athletics per year.

    Varsity candidates will typically have preseason tryouts before school begins, and therefore should plan on arriving three or more days early. Coaches notify candidates during the summer if they should arrive early, and arrival dates are posted on the Deerfield Academy calendar.

    Deerfield does provide laundry services for athletic clothing. Students should be aware that due to turnaround time they may want to have multiple sets of clothing to avoid any problems.

    Each sport holds tryouts at the beginning of the season to determine appropriate placement for students trying out. Deerfield does its best to put all of its students in the position to succeed and grow as athletes, and these efforts are reflected in the composition of its teams.

    All students, faculty, and staff can seek help from Deerfield’s skilled athletic training staff regardless of their involvement in Deerfield athletics.

    Certain equipment, including game uniforms and practice clothing, is provided by the Athletic Stockroom. Some non-clothing items are also available for loan upon request, or available to purchase through the Athletic Store. Because each sport has varying equipment needs, students should be in touch with their coach or the stockroom staff when they arrive on campus. If students need to purchase athletic equipment or clothing not found in the Athletic Store or stockroom, they can usually find it at any one of several local retail stores.

    Recreational sports are typically open to juniors and seniors as a co-curricular option, but some may allow underclassmen to participate with the coach’s permission.

    The athletic facilities, including the gym, pool, tennis courts, and squash courts, are open to all students, faculty, and staff during their hours of operation. At the beginning of the year all students participate in an orientation that walks them through proper use of the fitness center, and all new students take a required swim test before they can use the pool. Hours for athletic facilities are posted online.

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    Office West Gym
    Mail PO Box 36
    Deerfield, MA 01342