For as long as I can remember, I have loved to read. Growing up, reading was modeled for me by my parents. Most nights they would both sit in our living room reading and discussing their books with each other. I loved to join them with my own books and was so proud the day that I was able to read some of “their” books.
In my work as an educator for the past 39 years I realize that I always seemed to find a way to be involved in some sort of book club within my role. As an elementary and middle school teacher, I encouraged students to read the same books as others so they could share and discuss what they were reading. Then, as an elementary school principal in the San Ramon Valley (SRVUSD), I had the opportunity to lead various types of book clubs, ranging from the Breakfast Book Club, held with students who were interested an hour before school started to the “Books of the Month” clubs, where the teachers and I read the same book to students each month. Book lists and questions were provided to parents and guardians to encourage their discussions with the children around these same books at home. Both kinds of clubs became staples in the schools and continue to this day.
For the past six years, I served as Director of Instruction, and then Executive Director of Elementary Education, for SRVUSD. There, I had the opportunity to lead book studies with professionals with whom I worked. So, how fitting that I now have joined the Literary Masters team in this first year of retirement!