Video from the JPP Forum held on June 3, 2015
Bio from Annissa Essaibi-George’s website:
Annissa Essaibi George, 40, a mom, teacher, business owner, and lifelong Boston resident has submitted her application to run for Boston City Council At-Large. Annissa is a daughter of immigrants and a proud, first generation American. Annissa’s dad, Ezzeddine, immigrated to the United States from Tunisia in 1972. Her mom, Barbara, was born in a Displaced Persons’ camp in Germany of Polish parents and came to the U.S. in the early 1950s. Annissa’s maternal grandparents moved to Boston’s West End and eventually found their home in Dorchester where Annissa’s parents raised her, her brother and two sisters.
Annissa is married to Dorchester native Doug George. They are the proud parents of four boys: Douglas, age 10, and triplets, Charlie, Kayden and Samir, age 8. Douglas attends the Perry in South Boston and the triplets attend Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy, the same school Annissa and Doug attended as children (then known as St. Margaret School). Annissa graduated from Boston Technical High School in 1991. In high school Annissa was elected to the Boston Student Council and the Massachusetts State Student Council getting an early taste of political activism. During her studies at Boston University, Annissa successfully applied to the BU/Washington D.C. Intern Program and worked one semester for U.S. Senator Max Baucus of Montana. While there she was able to get up-close with constituent services, working during a time of closures in the Federal Government. In 1996 Annissa earned her B.A. from Boston University in Political Science with a focus on International Relations. She also has a Masters degree of Education (Secondary focus) from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Since 2001, Annissa has been a teacher at East Boston High School. She is a Massachusetts Certified Teacher in Secondary Education in Political Science/Political Philosophy. She has taught Economics, Business Management (as part of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship) and Health & Human Services to juniors and seniors. During her tenure at East Boston High School she served as the assistant softball coach. Using her previous private sector experiences and applying her daily business skills, Annissa has been able to teach a variety of courses to mostly Juniors and Seniors. Annissa understands that teaching and learning extend beyond the classroom in both academic and athletic experiences. Prior to working at East Boston High School as a teacher, she served as the student services liason for the Boston Private Industry Council, connecting students with workplace learning opportunities. Academics, athletics and real-life experiences are all interconnected to provide our students with the most enriching educational opportunities.
Annissa is the owner of Stitch House in Dorchester. This brick and mortar retail shop sells yarn and fabrics and offers a number of classes in knitting, sewing, quilting and crochet, all hobbies Annissa has enjoyed since childhood. Stitch House is a thriving, small business attracting customers from the greater Boston area and beyond since 2007. Annissa understands the struggle of developing an idea, building a business and sustaining it during difficult economic times. She took a risk and invested time, energy and money into building a creative business in the neighborhood she and her husband live and raise their family. This investment adds value to her immediate community and the larger economic scene.
Annissa is an active member of the community serving on the Dorchester House Health Center Board of Directors, Dorchester Day Parade Committee, Columbia Point Task Force, as a former Board Member of McCormack Civic Association and former President of Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association. She is also involved in many more activities in her role as mom, teacher and business owner. Annissa has incredible investments in the future of this great City of Boston and it’s continued success for her children and family, her work as a classroom teacher and her successful business. The most important issues to Annissa include quality and access to Boston’s schools, public safety and economic development.