In Memory of Anna Carrier
Anna Carrier, a beloved member of the Montverde Academy community has recently passed after a battle with Leukemia. Anna is survived by her mother Tatiana, father Arthur, and two brothers Christopher ’19 and Christian. Anna started her MVA journey in Kindergarten in 2013.
“Anna was at the Lower School for Kindergarten through most of the third grade when she was diagnosed with Leukemia,” said Ms. Meristell Shackelford, Dean of the Lower School. “Due to treatment she was at home for the fourth grade but was able to return for her fifth-grade year to finish at the Lower School in 2019. Anna had such a positive, kind spirit. Through all of her health challenges, she handled herself with amazing grace and perseverance for one so young. Her fighting spirit and kind heart will always be remembered. Her love of her dogs, horses, and her family was evident. She had an extraordinary artistic ability that expressed her love of animals often. In her fifth-grade picture for the 2018-19 yearbook, she shared that her favorite color was pink. When asked what the color pink meant to her, she responded ‘lively, graceful, and kind.’ Those are the perfect words to describe Anna. She is missed every day but her spirit that graced the Lower School classrooms and hallways will live on!”
Mrs. Emilie Fracker, current Associate Dean of the Middle School, was a Lower School teacher during Anna’s time in the department and remembers her well.
“Anna had a sweet and gentle nature,” said Mrs. Fracker. “She was a very quiet girl, but you just knew that she was taking everything in. She loved her brothers, her parents, horses, and puppies. She really enjoyed doing kind, sweet things for her friends, such as surprising them with gifts for no reason or special occasion, and she loved all things girly! Anna was my first online student when she broke her hip in the second grade. I would use FaceTime to call her up during class, so she could join in whatever we were doing. Her classmates loved to say hello to her, and she enjoyed showing us things in her house, including her stuffed animals and dogs. Everyone wanted to help Anna when she came back to school and was in a wheelchair. She was loved by all of us.”
A fund has been established in her memory to fund a bench on MVA’s campus where she can forever be remembered. Anna was a well-loved member of the MVA community and will truly be missed. For those that wish to contribute to Anna’s Memorial bench and plaque, you can do so here. Our hearts are with her family and friends through this difficult time.