I have a Master’s degree in School Media Librarianship from Spalding University. I also have a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy from the University of Louisville and spent 12 years in the mental health field working with children and families in inpatient and outpatient settings. I made the decision to become a school librarian while working as a school based therapist. I loved being in the school setting and was ready for a new way to interact with children and families when I decided to change careers.
I grew up in Louisville. After getting my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Boston College I returned to Louisville and began working at Hawley-Cooke Booksellers. At Hawley-Cooke I met the man I eventually married. We raised two daughters who are readers and lovers of art and music. My family loves to travel and I often plan stops along the way to see places I have read about in children’s books. We love to visit museums and hike. I practice yoga for strength, relaxation, and stress management.
The progessive ideals of a Chance education fit my values and passions. I believe in thinking about the whole child, stewardship of the environment, supporting student choice in learning and in the “Developing Capable Young People” approach to social and emotional growth.
I am collaborator and a life-long learner at heart, and am passionate about the power children’s literature has to transform lives. I believe that all children should see themselves and those who are different, represented in books. In the children’s literature world we talk about books as windows and mirrors, and I work hard to teach students to make connections between what they read, learn in the classroom, and observe in the world.