What Anna Magle-Haberek does here at Eagle Rock — and does quite well, we might add — is teach a bunch of classes that all seem to have energetic titles. These include “Lifelong Fitness,” “Run for Your Life” and “Learn to Swim.”
She’s also responsible for organizing intramurals and morning exercise each Wednesday, and she’s manager of the student lifeguarding and aquatics program. Add to those tasks the responsibilities of houseparent at Lodgepole House, and you can see Anna’s got a full load going on here.
We asked this energetic instructional specialist to give us some details of her life so we can get to know her better. Here’s what she had to say:
Eagle Rock: What did you do prior to coming to work for Eagle Rock?
Anna: I’ve moved around a bit. I worked for the National Park Service for seven seasons, I’ve been a college track coach, a personal trainer, I’ve taught at the University of New Hampshire and University of Minnesota, and have worked with youth at a wilderness therapy program in Canada.
ER: What first attracted you to Eagle Rock?
Anna: My husband was a wilderness instructor at Eagle Rock in trimesters 48 and 51 (actually he was leading a wilderness trip with the School up until two days before our wedding.). He fell in love with it and we had both talked about wanting to work at Eagle Rock ever since.
ER: When you’re not working, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Anna: I love to be active and outdoors with my family. My husband Nick and our son Birch — who is 2 years old — and I go running, hiking, climbing, skiing and paddling. I also love to cook and, when I have the time, to read.
ER: What reality TV should you be on and why would you win or be kicked off?
Anna: The Amazing Race — I am not sure why I would get kicked off but would probably be for trying to read a map upside down.
ER: What’s your all-time favorite Eagle Rock success story?
Anna: I have only been at Eagle Rock for three trimesters so I haven’t seen a student “start to finish” yet. Ask me again in a year or two and I think I will have some amazing success stories to share!
ER: What’s one thing not many people know about you?
Anna: I spent two winters as a ski bum, waiting tables and skiing in Alta, Utah. In fact, that’s how I met my husband!