Anne Vang-Lo, Executive Director

Responsibilities with CRC

  • Board & Authorizer Relations
  • Family & Community Engagement
  • School Finances
  • State Programs
  • Contracted Services

Professional Background

Anne Vang-Lo has over 20  years of experience as an educator for both K-12 students and adult learners. She began her hands-on teaching experience as a paraprofessional which led her to further her education. Thereafter, she became a full-time teacher instructing English as a Second Language to a diverse population including first generation Hmong, Lao, and Latino students for many years before becoming an integral part of the school leadership team. 

As a founder of the Cross River Charter School, Anne Vang-Lo possesses a true conviction and a plethora of credible experience that affirms how crucial education is in overcoming barriers, shattering glass ceilings, and opening new doors of opportunities.

Educational Experience

B.A. Teacher Education, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
M.S. Educational Leadership, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
M.S. Educational Leadership, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Personal Background

Anne’s passion for education was developed as a result of her life experiences.  She was born in war-torn Laos and became a refugee who fled Thailand at the age of nine with her mother and father.  Her transition to the United States was laden with challenges to assimilate, face anti-immigrant sentiments, and as a young mother, still make a better life for herself and her family.  With the help of caring & persistent teachers & mentors, she developed her passion for teaching and envisioned how she, as a teacher, would have a life-changing impact on future generations.  

Anne’s experience of having teachers who showed patience and a vested interest in her learning shaped her philosophy in education.  She believes that when given an environment of support for children to thrive and a place for educators & families can work together, then students can build their resiliency in learning & in life.  This unyielding belief has made her a cornerstone in the lives of the students she has served, the parents she has supported, and the Hmong & K-12 educational communities.