Librarian, Grades PreK - 5
Education: B.A. in English, Fairfield University; Masters of Education,K-6 Fairfield University. Certified in CT.
How long have you been at GCS?
After teaching 2nd Grade at Our Lady Star of the Sea, I came to Greenwich Catholic this year as a permanent substitute, and when an opening became available as the Librarian, I was excited to take on a new opportunity. The GCS community is very supportive of the Library - I love having volunteer parents come in to help with the younger classes, and we recently received 240 books from the Book Fair, thanks to the generosity of our families!
How do you engage students at different grade levels?
In the younger grades, the focus is on listening and reading comprehension, and we talk about fiction vs. non-fiction. Even at the PreK level, students are able to follow along, and they enjoy using the Smart Board as an interactive way to recognize sight words. My older students learn about the Dewey Decimal System and how to utilize other Library resources, which are important skills in the Upper School when they need to use the Library independently for research projects.
What is the best way to help a reluctant reader find a book they love?
I always ask the student about the last book they read, and what they’re interested in. There’s no such thing as “I don’t like to read” - they just haven’t found the right book!
Are there any interactive projects in Library?
Yes - In fact, we just finished an Arbor Day project with grades 3 through 5. On my bulletin board, you’ll see their findings about the holiday, ‘smoke jumpers’ (firefighters who parachute into the site of a forest fire), and why trees are important. Next week all of my classes will learn about Poetry, and the 3rd-5th Graders are excited to work on “black out” poetry.
What’s the last book you read?
I just finished This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today, by Chrissy Metz, and I listen to a lot of audiobooks and podcasts like “This American Life” and “Snap Judgement” while I’m running.
When you’re not at GCS, where can we find you?
I have been working at the Darien Library for 11 years - it was my first job as a teenager. I’m also an avid long-distance runner and enjoy running the Fairfield Half Marathon - I placed 2nd in my division in 2016. In addition, I have started a Catholic young adult group called Catholic Adventures. Please like us on Facebook!