In 2015, I began a new position as the Library Director at U-32 Middle and High School in Montpelier, Vermont. As a member of a dynamic team, the Learning Commons is a busy, glass-enclosed, vibrant library with an astounding print and digital collection. It is the heart of one of the highest-ranked schools in the state of Vermont. Teachers go by our first names, and our Teacher-Advisory system is highly regarded and treasured. It is an honor to be a member of the faculty.
Previously, I had been the teacher librarian at The Moretown School for eight years, where it was much more than a job, but was a family for me. As a member of the Moretown community, my children went to school here, and I made many lifelong friendships with faculty, staff, students, and families during my sweet and priceless time here. Before embarking on a career in public education, I served as a public children's librarian at the Joslin Memorial Library in Waitsfield and later at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. A Master's in Curriculum and Instruction came in 2010, from the University of Vermont. Additionally, I serve as an adjunct instructor at the University of Vermont in the Library Media Studies sequence, co-teaching courses on Managing School Library Programs and Designing Curriculum. I am currently serving a three-year term on the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Selection Committee, reading middle grade and young adult fiction all day, every day.
In 2013, I was awarded a Rural Trust's Global Teacher Fellowship and traveled to France and Italy to immerse myself in the medieval and Renaissance lands of fairy tales. That same year, I was also recognized as one of Vermont's Outstanding Educators by the School of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont. It was a banner year, in many ways.
Books, wonder, learning, travel, and curiosity have always been my passions. How lucky am I to do the work that I do, every day, passing along my love of learning with new generations of Vermont children. And, perhaps if the moon is shining just right, you just might get your fortune told.