Hump Day Hot Seat: Annie Lee


Photo courtesy of Annie Lee

1. Who Are You? 

I’m Annie better known as Ms. Lee

2. What do you do?

I am a high school art teacher.

3. When/Where/How did you get your start? 

I started in the fashion industry working in visual merchandising and made a career change a few years ago upon rediscovering my passions and values. I began to refine what I wanted in life, who I wanted to be, and where I chose to invest my life into. When I decided to switch and apply to graduate school for education, doors began flinging wide open left and right. I completed my masters program in Art & Art Education at Teachers College Columbia University. It is through my experiences in this program that I realized teaching is not only a career but a calling. Many people in this world fail to see that, but those who know it, live it out and change lives.

4. How long have you been at it? 

I’ve been teaching since high school but professionally this will be my first year as a New York State certified teacher.

5. What is the most important thing we should know about you? 

I never want to settle for anything less.

6. Is there anyone else in your field that you particularly admire?

I admire everyone in this field who understands and lives each day knowing teaching is a calling. Teachers stand in the shadows within the world we live in and remain unappreciated by the majority. It’s truly humbling. If you’re not in it for the kids, it’s not worth it.

7. What other types of art are you in to?

Besides traditional and multimedia art, another passion of mine is interior decorating. People go to places to eat for the food. I go for the interior spaces. I like analyzing the ambiance and atmospheres set by the arrangement of spaces.

8. You got any crazy hobbies or unique talents?

Mm I kind of have a lot of those. I like to dance. I’ve taught hip-hop and been part of several dance groups since my college days. I also love music. One of my secret fantasy professions is to be a DJ…. and a Knicks Dancer lol. Don’t judge.

Another one is missions. Most summers since I was in high school I’ve spent in Central America on missions doing work in churches and schools. Three years ago I had the opportunity to go to Zambia to work at an orphanage called Lazarus Project. One of my life goals I wish to pursue is serving third-world countries by helping restructure and rebuild their education systems.

9. What’s your favorite vice?

Being in solitude.

10. How do you make it over the creative hump?

I don’t know. I’m still in it. Story of my life.

11. You eat food? What kind? Like to cook? 

I eat lots of food. Homemade fried chicken and steak. I like to cook. I’d probably like it more if I had time to.

12. Truth or Dare? Elaborate. 

Truth. I love my brother more than my parents.

13. What is your most prized possession?

My bible.