About Me

Summary of Qualifications

Received Washington State K-8 teaching certificate with successful completion of the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA). • Master’s in library and information science with a Washington State library media endorsement. • Work experience in nonprofits focusing on literacy, academic community engagement, and community-driven Central American library start-ups. • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with concentration in Educational Studies from one of the nation’s top 10 liberal arts colleges. • Advanced ability to read, write, and converse in Spanish. • Expertise in Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Expression Web, HTML, and XML.

Who am I?

When I started as a student of library science at the University of Washington’s Information School, I did not know much about the world of librarianship, but I did know that I was dedicated to working with children and youth of diverse populations in the United States or abroad.  Two years and a wealth of knowledge later, I realized that my dream job is to be a youth services librarian, in a public or school library. In order to be a school librarian, I needed a teaching certificate. The fall after finishing with a master’s in library and information science from University of Washington, I started a graduate teaching certificate program at Antioch University. At the beginning of April 2012, I received my teaching certificate. School library and teaching jobs, here I come!

In this ever-changing climate of new technology, changing book formats, and developments in brain and early literacy research, libraries can and must play an active role to stay relevant.  I see myself being part of that role by bringing a passion for literacy, youth, and innovative learning. In the short-term, I want to get into the field and understand the practice of the profession (now that I am equipped with the theory). In the long-term, I want to be involved in continuing discussions about the future of libraries and advocate for youth involvement and programming.

How did I get here? Well, ever since I first learned to read, I was an avid reader.  I was lucky enough to live in a home surrounded by books with a family who, for a Friday night activity, would go to the Barnes and Noble for 2-3 hours (the library was not open on weekend nights after 6pm). I always wanted to work with youth in some public capacity, but ironically, librarian was not a profession that occurred to me.

Then, when I was 22, I went to Nicaragua for a year to work with a non-profit focused on expanding educational opportunities. I did not bring many books to avoid weighing down my bags, expecting to borrow or purchase books from bookstores or libraries or lending libraries. What I never anticipated was a culture of non-readers. In the town of Granada where I lived, there was not one bookstore that sold more than a handful of books and the only Nicaraguan public library was a closed-stacks library that seemed to only have academic or vocational reading. When by pure happenstance of being in the right place at the right time, I had the opportunity to work as an intern for a rural community who had applied for a loan to start a school library from a micro-finance non-profit, I did not realize that I was on the course toward a career I have now fallen in love with completely. In the picture below, you see me with the amazing volunteer Board of Directors I helped train to start the library in the library building.

I personally saw the power of libraries with that tiny Nicaraguan school library. Most community members had never been in a library and none of the children had ever had a book to read for fun and very few had used a book for schoolwork. In the months I worked there, I saw the Harry Potter series getting worn out with use and kids poring over picture books with awe.

When I returned to the United States in the spring of 2007, I applied to the University of Washington Master’s in Library Science program and in the meantime, taught Spanish for a year at a Montessori school. After completing my master’s and realizing that I would like to work in a K-12 school, I attended Antioch University to receive my graduate teaching certificate. Every day reaffirms my commitment to the profession–the more I learn, the more I am convinced this is the career for me.