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 PhD in Library and Information Studies in 2011. Unfortunately the program is being phased out, and I will not be 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. I have started looking into other programs and hope to return to doctoral studies in upcoming years.
I am passionate about connecting students with books and information. My interests include children's and young adult literature, motivating readers, the reading preferences and practices of tweens and teens, picture books, new technologies, and building reading and learning communities. I am a lifelong learner.
For the last several years, I served on the Texas Lone Star Reading List Committee,a recommended reading list for middle school students sponsored by the Young Adult Round Table (YART) of the Texas Library Association (TLA). I am also a member of the Librarians' Choices selection project.
This year I am honored to be on the ballot for the Caldecott Selection Committee. It has been a longtime dream to serve on this committee. Two things I truly love come together in picture books - art and words. I treasure all illustrated literature offers to readers of all ages. I hope I will be selected to serve, if not now, sometime in the future.
When I'm not reading, I enjoy spending time with my husband and dogs. We enjoy art, traveling, listening to live music, trying new restaurants, and watching sports.