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Faculty Profile
Danielle Ansley ('08)
Teacher Assistant First Grade
Danielle Ansley is a teacher's assistant at Whitefield. She is also a Whitefield alumna, graduating with honors in 2008. A member of the National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society while at Whitefield, she received a Presidential Scholarship to Mercer University in Macon. Ansley studied studio art and English, earning a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and graduating cum laude from Mercer in 2012. Before becoming a teacher's assistant, Ansley taught art to PreK4 and kindergarten students at Whitefield.

On a Professional Note

Why Whitefield?
Whitefield Academy has been a part of my life since I was very young. I spent seven years learning and growing as a student here, and I am still so grateful for the education that I received and for the wonderful people that I met along the way.

After graduating from Mercer, I worked as an instructor and head of the before and after school care program at Camp Whitefield during the summers of 2012 and 2013. I have been a nanny for a Whitefield family, worked at Club Cub, worked as a substitute teacher, and taught Art Club after school. When I graduated from college, I never expected that a summer job working at Camp Whitefield would blossom into so many more opportunities, but I am thrilled to be working at the school that I know and love so well.

What I enjoy about teaching:
Teaching has always been an enjoyable experience for me and is something that I've wanted to do from a very young age. I remember dressing up as an art teacher for Career Day when I was in elementary school. Wanting something from such a young age and actually accomplishing that goal has left me in complete disbelief and full of such gratitude and joy. I love helping children discover their own passions and their own creative minds. I love watching the kids take an idea and make it their own. Seeing the excitement they have for art when they walk through the door and seeing their faces light up when they talk about their artwork is something I cherish and is, by far, the best part about being an art teacher.

On a Personal Note

What I do in my free time:
My favorite free-time activity is and always will be painting. I love the artistic process, from start to finish. I have always been amused at how an idea can come to fruition through hard work and creativity. I love watching and recording how things change along the way because art never turns out exactly how you planned. It is a great lesson in patience and acceptance. The best part of making art is that, in the end, there's still something wonderful that you created with your own two hands sitting right in front of you. On top of all of these wonderful things, painting has always been an extremely soothing and delightful experience for me. It is something that I hope to continue to learn and love for the rest of my days.

About my family:
My mother, Tina Ansley, is a PreK4 teacher’s assistant at Whitefield and a hairdresser on the side. My father, Jeff Ansley, graduated from Emory University with dual degrees in chemistry and psychology and now works at a Kraft-Nabisco bakery in downtown Atlanta. I have one older sister, Rikki, who graduated from Kennesaw State University with a degree in psychology and is currently working in building restorations in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Hometown: I was born in Mableton, Georgia, and grew up in Smyrna, Georgia.