Describe your educational background?
I have a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Minnesota and a M.A. in English Literature from the University of Amsterdam.
What inspired you to pursue a career in the library?
After my B.A., I spent seven years teaching English abroad in South Korea, the Netherlands, and Palestine. While I taught all types of students, my favorites were always the kindergartners and preschoolers that I worked with. Once I moved back to the States and found myself looking for a job, I wanted to find something that allowed me to continue working with children. The library offered me the best off all possible scenarios. Now I get to do fun programs and work with kids, but I never have to worry about things like disciplining that makes being a teacher so difficult. I couldn’t ask for anything better.
How would you describe your position to others?
No two days are ever the same. Some days I’m doing storytimes, others I’m out in the community working to raise awareness of library resources and create relationships with like-minded people and groups. Though I have many hats, at the end of the day my job is to promote literacy.
What do you enjoy most about your job at GCPL?
There a lot of things I love about working at GCPL, but my favorite has always been the relationships I’ve built with library patrons. I get to feel connected with my community because of the position I’m in and that’s really important to me.
What is your all time favorite book?
Too difficult to pick one. Three come to mind: “From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” by E.L. Konigsburg, “Cat’s Cradle” by Kurt Vonnegut, and “The World According to Garp” by John Irving.
What are 3 things you enjoy doing outside of work?
My wife and I are big hikers and are toying with the idea of doing the entire Appalachian Trail one day with our dogs. I study and teach Spanish regularly (not fluent but getting there). And I read, a lot.
What is something exciting about you that most people don’t know?
I climbed Mt. Fuji.