I am a librarian at Highland Park Middle School in Dallas, Texas. I love working with middle school students each day! They are curious, funny, and eager to learn. My favorite part of the job is sharing books with these learners (and their teachers!) that will start them or keep them on a path of lifelong reading.
After many years as a classroom teacher, I earned my Master's in Library Science and became a school librarian. I began working toward a Ph.D. in Library and Information Studies in 2011. Unfortunately, the program was phased out, and I was not able to finish the degree in the time allotted due to the demands of full-time work. So for now, I am focusing on other projects. Maybe I will return to doctoral studies in the upcoming years, or maybe life will take me in another direction.
I am passionate about connecting students with books. My interests include children's and young adult literature, motivating readers, the reading preferences and practices of tweens and teens, picture books, and building reading and learning communities. I am a lifelong learner.
One of my greatest professional experiences was serving on the 2016 Caldecott Selection Committee. It was a longtime dream to serve on this committee. Two things I truly love come together in picture books - art and words. I treasure what illustrated literature offers to readers of all ages. It was an honor to serve, and I am forever grateful for the experience, learning, and new friendships that came from this opportunity.
When I'm not reading, I enjoy spending time with my husband. We enjoy watching college sports, listening to live music, trying new restaurants, spending time with our pets, and traveling.