To remedy this, Annie developed and piloted her own girl-power curriculum. In 2013, she supplemented her original curriculum with yoga because the discipline helped her find a positive inner voice, and she wanted to make this inner cheerleader available to other young women. The same year, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship named Annie the teacher of the year.
Smarty Pants Yoga equips girls to discover who they are, what they believe, and how to advocate for themselves. Annie co-authored 110 original Smarty Pants Yoga original storybooks along with her business partner, Jill Carey.
Beyond the workday, Annie serves on the boards of many women-focused organizations, planning events and fundraisers for the likes of the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, Teach for America, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and Chicago Foundation for Women.