Anthony's family moved to Austin, Minnesota from California when he was 10 years old. His first political experiences came in southern Minnesota: door knocking for his state representative and Tim Walz, being engaged with student government, and making short documentaries about political topics.
Anthony's interest in education began as an undergraduate at Harvard College. Coursework, service trips, and summer internships allowed him to visit schools in Boston, Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, and the Mississippi Delta. In 2011 he earned the prestigious Truman Scholarship, awarded to college juniors pursuing careers in public service, by which time he knew he wanted to become an elementary school teacher.
After graduating in 2012, Anthony spent two years teaching first and then second grade in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C. receiving his training through the Capital Teaching Residency, a teacher preparation program that pairs new teachers with a mentor teacher through a year-long mentorship and training experience.
In 2014 he moved home to Minnesota and was fortunate to land a teaching position at Global Academy, a public charter school in Columbia Heights and one of the best beating-the-odds schools in the Twin Cities. From 2014 to 2016 he taught third grade and since the fall of 2016 has been teaching second grade. Beginning in 2015 he has served as an elected teacher representative on Global's school board and since 2016 serves as board treasurer.
Anthony almost wasn't able to teach in Minnesota because of a deeply flawed system for out-of-state teachers. Even with a full District of Columbia license, the process for an out-of-state teachers was confusing and opaque. It would become his first exposure to Minnesota education policy. Despite years of pressure from Governor Dayton and bipartisan groups of legislators, the Board of Teaching at the time wasn't implementing the correct policies. He joined together with dozens of teachers, racially and geographically diverse, to ensure a teacher licensure system that was fair, sensible, and long lasting.
Three more education policy experiences followed: on a teacher policy team creating suggestions to diversify Minnesota's teacher workforce, as a teacher representative on the Minnesota Department of Education's task force for teacher equity, and as a teacher representative for Minnesota's federal accountability plan.
Those experiences taught him two things:
If elected, Anthony would be one of three current state representatives with elementary school experience. METRO/DIVERSE CLASSROOMS.