Writer – Teacher – Artist

About Anastasia

No politics. No antics. Just stories.

I have always been an artist.

I started drawing the day I could hold a pencil and haven’t stopped since. As an artist and as a teacher, I hope to share my stories and invite others into the wonderful world of learning. My work has been published in a documentary on both Amazon and Itunes titled “1/10th of a Second” and featured by the famous YouTuber, Ordinary Sausage. I hope to publish my comic “Apricity” in the near future.

I’m equally passionate about teaching and learning. At Illinois State University, I studied to become a Secondary English Language Arts Teacher and earned additional endorsements in K-12 Art Education and Middle-Level English Language Arts Education. At ISU, I also worked as a reporter for the Vidette.

Now, I am an English teacher and Girls’ Freshmen Basketball coach at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, Illinois. I am proud to work at a National Blue Ribbon School.

Anastasia Gustafson pictured next to Andrew Rea from Binging With Babish / Babish’s Culinary Universe.
Anastasia Gustafson’s artwork featured by Ordinary Sausage, a famous food YouTuber, in his video Gyro Sausage.

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.