Anne Nicole Dendurent Autobiography

Anne Nicole Dendurent, born January 25, 1974

Anne married Spencer Karl Wright on December 8, 2001.

I was born just 15 months after my esteemed older brother, David, at Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, VA. I am a native Virginian and proud to be an East Coast girl. I started dancing at the age of three. Previously, I was a shy little girl; but when I got on the stage, I was full of life. I spent my childhood filled with many friends and even more activities -- dancing, piano lessons, voice lessons, cheerleading, softball, [and] girl scouts. My Mom was the epitome of a taxi cab mom! Throughout junior high and high school, I was very involved: i.e., show choirs, dance companies, drill team, national honor society. I had a wonderful time and enjoyed the thrills of performing.

In June 1992, I made my first trip out of the United States. I went to the beautiful, tropical county of Costa Rica! I saw beautiful beaches, rain forest, bugs in my food! It was great! I learned to dance el merengue and realized that I absolutely LOVE speaking Spanish. I graduated [from] high school on June 16, 1992, left my dear home on the East Coast, and headed West. I attended college at Brigham Young University (BYU). While I was there, I gained a lot of knowledge and experience and felt the full effects of being a poor college student with no food! On February 8, 1995, I left to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Maracaibo, Venezuela. My purpose in going was to help others feel the peace and happiness I feel in my life. I had lived a wonderful life of privilege and hope; now was my chance to give back. However, I benefited and learned more from the people than I ever gave them. I love Venezuela -- the people, the language, the food! It was truly a wonderful growing experience for me. I was blessed and protected by the hand of the Lord.

After my mission, I returned to finish college and I realized one of my deepest dreams. I student taught 1st grade in the inner city Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School on 6th and Alabama St. in Southeast, Anacostia, Washington, D.C. What a rewarding experience and an eye opener to further my opinions on social issues, equality, and helping those in need. I will forever love Mary Evono, my mentor teacher, and my 24 dear 1st graders. It continues to be a dream of mine to go back and teach in the inner city.

I graduated from BYU on April 22, 1999 in Elementary Education, prepared to head East and never look back. Oh, but wait -- how did I end up further West???? Must have been my sense of adventure and spontaneity. I am currently residing in Ontario, CA in San Bernadino County. I love California. I love the beach, warm weather, big city, and diverse population. I teach 1st grade at Glenmeade Elementary School in Chino Hills, CA. I love the experience I am having. I don't even feel like it's a real job because I enjoy it so much. So, there's a plug for doing something you love.

At 25 1/2 years, I was told I had probably lost all opportunity for marriage and a family. I beg to differ! My failure to marry is simply due to the philosophy of my father: "It takes a mighty good man to be better than no man at all!" or "No man is better than a no good man!" I have great expectations for the man I will someday marry. My Dad is my greatest hero, so this mystery man will have to be better than "dear Daddy!" Plus, I have always been my "Daddy's little girl" and although he says he wants grandchildren, deep down I know he is not ready for me to leave yet!

I am quite a perfectionist. However, probably as a result of my very active childhood, I have a change of philosophy. I want to enjoy life and do exciting and adventuresome things that will give me great experiences to share. I was to travel the world and help people in need. I want to make a difference. I want to live so that when I die, people will say I was kind. I want them to say that I lived life to its fullest, and I accomplished all I wanted and needed to in life! As my Mom always taught me, "Take time to smell the roses." Life is a journey! -- Anne Dendurent, August 1999.