Like Batgirl, I’m a librarian. But how did I get here? Here’s the quick and dirty version:
- I got my Bachelor’s in English education and was teaching middle school ELA when I needed to decide what Master’s track I would take.
- Being in New York State, it is a requirement that educators have a Master’s.
- I knew I didn’t want to go into Special Education or specialize in reading or literacy, I also really didn’t think I wanted to work toward an administrative position.
- But I remembered a conversation with the librarian at the school I did my student teaching at who encouraged exploring a library program.
- So after one year teaching and a few courses into my library science program, I knew that the library was likely where I would be spending the rest of my days. Why?
I wanted to know and interact with more than just the students on my roster. When I was teaching, it was only about the kids who were with me each day and I yearned for an eagle-eye view of the school. Being in the library, I can be that eagle. I also wanted a greater impact and the reader’s advisory and programming that we do at our high school library is exactly the kind of work that keeps me getting up for work each day.
And as I’ve mentioned time and time again and the reason for this blog, reading is my expertise. Over the last few years, I have begun presenting at regional and state conferences around books and am on a national committee to decide the best graphic novels for teens. And I couldn’t be happier. This is my calling.