To say Anne Mathis is a veteran teacher is an understatement by far. Mathis goes above and beyond 180 days a year to provide the best learning environment for her students year after year. Mathis is a 30-year seasoned teacher, having taught 12 years in South Carolina before coming home to Marianna. Mathis lived in Marianna prior to moving to Tallahassee with her family in 1971.
Mathis began teaching in Jackson County at Cottondale Elementary in 2000 before moving to Golson Elementary in 2001. She has moved rooms but has been loyal to second grade. Students leaving her class in May are well prepared for third grade.
Mathis has made teaching a full-time profession, not covered in the 8-3 daily classroom schedule. She can be seen at sporting events, recitals, pageants and senior signings for athletes who are pursing their dream. Most recently she attended the signing of senior Werlean Pollock who met her with a broad smile, knowing she had taken time away from her class to be present to see him sign to pursue his dream. Pollock was all smiles when he was asked if he was surprised to see her there, “Yea kinda but not really, she was a great teacher and she always tells me when she sees me to not give up, keep working hard and everything will work out for me. And she has sure been right.”
Janie Nolen considers herself very fortunate to work with Anne Mathis, “Where am I to begin? Anne Mathis is one of a kind. Even though I am almost twice her age, I turn to her for wisdom and answers to things I’m having problems with. She is such a creative teacher and always has her children at heart. She is always researching ways to improve our teaching. Not only is she my teaching next door neighbor, but my friend. She has taught all three of my grandchildren and I am so thankful for that. Anne Mathis knows her ‘stuff’ and she loves what she does.”
Susan Blanton reiterates more of the same about Mathis, “Anne Mathis is a veteran teacher that has been a mentor for many of the new teachers that come to Golson. She sets an example for our new generation educators with her God given talent to work a classroom. She teaches with such a passion and creativity that makes her students eager to learn. I hold a great deal of respect for Anne and love her dearly as a coworker as well as a friend.”
Students fondly remember Mathis and the desire to learn that she instilled in every student who passed through her room. It’s often said teachers who teach know who the best teachers are, those who give 199% every day and one just has to look at the long list of educators’ children who have passed through her room.
Elisabeth Flowers not only is a colleague of Mathis but her son is in her class this year, “Anne goes above and beyond to not only teach 2nd grade skills, but also teach life skills. She takes opportunities every day to instill morals in children and takes notice of character traits they already display. She pushes them to do not only better, but their absolute best on every task given. She wants them to be great students but also great people in general. She has really pushed our son this year, and it shows in all his academic areas, as well as responsibility, honestly, and being held accountable.”
Seven year-old Blake Flowers has his own version of what a great teacher Mathis is, “She makes learning fun. She gives us things like cubes to help us understand lessons better. She also let us bake cookies at Christmas. We got to use flour and make a mess. It was really fun!”
Golson principal Amy Allen sums up Mathis, “Mrs. Mathis is a creative teacher who is always looking for ways to engage her students. She truly cares about her students and wants to make sure they ‘get it’.
Anne is married to Eddie B. Mathis and they have three daughters. Millie, and twins Elizabeth, “Lizzie” and Emilyanne. Anne Mathis is definitely a teacher with a heart of gold!