Despite her failure as a first-year teacher, Anne Wescott Dodd had a very long and rewarding career as a teacher in public secondary schools in Maine and California. Later, after a 6-year detour into administration, she taught writing courses at the University of Maine at Augusta and education courses at Colby College and Bates College. She retired after 25 years in the Education Department at Bates as Senior Lecturer Emerita. She continues to teach online today in a global master's program in education for The College of New Jersey.
As a writer, she has published over 200 articles and reviews in general-interest publications as well as in scholarly journals and ten books. The Story of the Sea Glass (a children's book illustrated by Mary Beth Owens) won the Golden Trap Award from the Maine Island Institute. A Parent’s Guide to Education was named one of the 10 Best Books for Parents by Child Magazine the year it was published. Other book titles include How Communities Build Stronger Schools: Stories, Strategies and Promising Practices for Educating Every Child. [with Jean L. Konzal] (2002); Making Our High Schools Better: How Parents and Teachers Can Work Together. [with Jean L.Konzal] (1999), Complex Chinese edition (2000); Footprints and Shadows. [illustrations by Henri Sorensen] (1992) Beachcombing and Beachcrafting. (1989); A Handbook for Substitute Teachers. (1989); Practical Strategies for Taming the Paper and People Problems in Teaching. (1987): From Images to Words: A Visual Approach to Writing. (1986); and Write Now: Insights into Creative Writing (1973).
Current projects are all in the area of memoir. An essay about her mother, “I’m Giving Up My Catholic Religion!” earned Honorable Mention for Nonfiction in the Joy of the Pen competition sponsored by the Topsham Public Library. A book-length manuscript, "High School Is Not Forever: Growing Up in Maine in the 1950s," is not quite ready for Primetime.