Anna Cosby graduated from the McKay School in 2003 with a degree in audiology and speech-language pathology, followed by a year of teaching remedial and accelerated math to elementary students in Newburg, New York. Later she shifted to teach dance to children this age. Now she is applying her teaching skills in her home to help her son overcome his learning challenges.
Cosby’s oldest son, Isaac, who is 11, has some learning delays, which Cosby recognized would need special attention. Currently Isaac takes two classes in public school, art and PE, and receives the rest of the curriculum at home. Cosby explained how her education experience has helped her give her son the best education for his needs.
“My education helped me discover learning delays in my son at a very early age, and as a result he received early intervention that I believe helped him immensely,” Cosby said. “I also learned the importance of teaching children in the manner they [best] absorb information. Each child is different, and what works for some children does not work for others.”
In addition to her work with Isaac, Cosby has spent many hours serving in her church responsibilities, three times as a member of a primary presidency as well as other teaching responsibilities with youth and children. Currently, she lives in Lincoln, Nebraska. Isaac has three younger brothers who contribute to keeping her busy.
Reflecting on all of her teaching opportunities, Cosby considers her teaching efforts in her home as the most significant. “Teaching my son is the most meaningful teaching opportunity I've had,” Cosby said. “We are able to start each school day with a prayer and scripture study. I'm more invested in his progress than any other teacher could possibly be. We've grown closer together, and I'm learning a lot about patience.”
Patience is required, as it takes time for any child to learn and grow, particularly one with special needs. Cosby has taught this principle of learning to her family over time.
“I believe that learning is a lifelong process,” Cosby said. “There is a wealth of knowledge at our fingertips if we just take the time to look for it. Currently, I'm trying to relay that message to my children.”