I have a very large family. I have three siblings, and two half-brothers.
My siblings are Anahy Anaya, 28; Anthony Anaya, 17; Ashley Anaya, 13; Eric Anaya, 9; and Alan, 2.
My older sister Anahy is currently finishing up her degree at SCCC. She is majoring in psychology and hopes to work in the law field.
My brother Anthony is a senior at LHS this year. He's an AVID student, a math whiz, and a basketball fan. Anthony is taking several concurrent college courses and plans to transfer to college after he graduates this year.
Ashley is my little sister. I helped raise her when I was in middle school after my mom passed away. Ashley is currently attending SMS and loves running. She's in cross country and track, and I am definitely cheering for her when I have the chance.
Eric is my half-brother, so I don't see him often. He enjoys videogames, technology, and reading. He likes to play around and joke with others.
Alan is my youngest half-brother. He's learning to talk. He likes chasing after toys and biting people. He's one of the happiest toddlers I know.
I have two pets: Pilly and Lola.
Pilly is 12-years-old. She's a grandma dog. She's a yorkie mix and lives for food. Lola is our newest puppy. She's a poodle mix and loves to have her belly rubbed.
Hello. My name is Jose Alfredo Anaya. This is my first full year at West Middle School. I previously student taught 8th grade Language Arts here at West last semester. I am very excited to be able to return to USD 480, where I went through the school systems growing up.
My hometown is Liberal. I attended McDermott, Sunflower, South Middle School, Liberal High School, and Seward County Community College over the years. I strongly believe that Liberal is a great community that excels in education standards.
At SCCC I was involved with The Crusader, student newspaper, and I was the newspaper editor from 2010-2011. As an editor, I led a staff of 18 student journalists, and we won a total of about 22 state awards that year. I also received the two-year-college journalist of the year award. In total, I have earned more than 20 national and state awards for my work in journalism. I've interviewed several notable people including Governor Sam Brownback, Secretary of State Kris Kobach, and Arun Gandhi, fifth grandson of Mohandas Gandhi.
Though this is my first year teaching, I have experience teaching at the adult level. I taught ESL at The Learning Center of Ellis County, while attending Fort Hays State University. I graduated from FHSU in 2015 with two majors--one in English and one in Secondary Education. I also have a minor in Journalism.
At FHSU I also worked in the English department Writing Center assisting students in brainstorming, outlining, and identifying errors in their writing. Through this experience I was able to meet a variety of students from many diverse backgrounds.
Another campus organization I was involved with while at FHSU was Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society. Being in Sigma Tau Delta allowed me to expand my horizons in literature, grammar, and pedagogy. It also allowed our campus organization to host several events on campus including poetry readings and open mic nights.
Finally, this year I am teaching 7th grade ELA and Journalism. I am beyond excited that I have the opportunity to do what I love and get to share my passion for English and Journalism with my students. We're going to have a great year.