Anje grew up in Cedarburg, WI and spent most of her time participating in activities through the recreation department. She eventually took on larger roles and became a lifeguard, swim instructor, and even a baseball coach. One special summer, she was singled out and offered the opportunity to teach a swimming class for the Special Olympics. That summer changed Anje’s life forever and showed her true calling. What stood out to Anje was the joy and fulfillment of teaching an inspiring group of children adaptive swimming. This passion continued with her through college where she taught adaptive swim classes through the YMCA, JCC, Rainbow day camp, and even University of Wisconsin-- Whitewater. At Whitewater Anje even taught the wheelchair basketball team how to swim as they train to compete in a triathlon. Further down the road, Anje became the coordinator of a JR outreach program for children with disabilities. She was in charge of their wheelchair sports camps, basketball camps, and assisted with an Adventure camp including camping, rock-climbing, hang-gliding, and white water rafting.
In 1997, Anje became a Paraprofessional in the Mequon-Thiensville school district. After graduating with a degree in social work and adaptive recreation, she knew that she needed to be where the kids were. Ever since she has both coached and served time as the athletic director is sure to promote inclusion along the way. Anje’s objective is to make a difference. To teach strategies that help advance social acceptance and personal independence to a point in which all members of this community can share the same opportunity and social benefits. It is, for this reason, she is certain to help All Star Health Center Flourish.
Anje feels honored to have been working with the families in the MTSD community and is pleased to continue to do so at All Star Health Center.