Teacher – Artist – Reporter


The teacher is of course an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves.”

-Paulo Freire

Anastasia Gustafson pictured on her last day of student teaching at Round Lake High School.

About Me

Hello! My name is Anastasia Joy Gustafson. I’m working towards my B.A. in Honors English Teacher Education at Illinois State University and my triple endorsements: K-12 Art Education, Secondary English Education, and Middle-Level English Language Arts Education. I am to graduate in the Spring of 2022.

Currently, I write for the ISU Vidette and occasionally work as a private nanny. Before that, I worked as a tutor and babysitter for College Nannies+Sitters+Tutors. In 2019, while I was the editor in chief for the College of Lake County Chronicle, I won the Editorial Writer of the Year Award from the Illinois Community College Journalism Association.

This website has everything you need to know about my work as both a professional artist and an aspiring educator.

A Photo of Anastasia Gustafson Outside of Gene and Judes in River Grove, IL

My Teaching Philosophy

Education, in order to be truly effective, needs to be centered on the whole child. Educators should often pause and ask themselves: who are we teaching, and what do they need? Learning should be question-driven, incite critical thinking, and allow room for failure as students delight in the ongoing experimentation required to explore new, meaningful ideas. Learning, also, is a dynamic, fluid experience—never a static one. If students do not understand something today, they should be able to try again tomorrow. Further, education should be focused on the issues central to a student’s worldview and personal contexts. Intersectional identities, societal realities, and oppression are the topics an educator of merit brings into their classroom for their students to critically question, explore, and attempt to address.