My goal as a Literary Masters tutor/facilitator is to spark children’s curiosity for story because today’s readers are tomorrow’s leaders. I remember it was Annie Longley who painted those words in white on black canvas for our school library. She made at least a dozen, but this was my favorite, even though my 10-year-old daughter said “it’s cheesy”. For over a decade, I worked amongst those words at Ross School, a K-8 public school in Marin County, California as the reading specialist working with learners of all ages to further elevate literacy and the joy of reading. I’m proud that in 2015 our reading program earned the International Literacy Association’s exemplary program award for California. During my tenure, I served as a learning specialist, instructional coach, library teacher, 4th-grade teacher, middle school humanities teacher, enrichment project developer, and director of educational technology.
Many of my Ross School students absolutely loved the Literary Masters book clubs and I’d always admired how well it prepared the children for robust and respectful conversations. I’m proud to have been chosen by Liz and Alison to further Literary Masters’ mission of inspiring lifelong readers. In summer 2021, our family returned to the Bay Area after a three year adventure in Nashville, TN. Now that I’m back on the west coast I’m looking forward to leading more writing groups and book clubs in the 21-22 school year.