I am delighted to return for our second year at J. Michael Lunsford Middle School as the librarian. Prior to coming to Lunsford, I spent three years as the librarian at Eagle Ridge Middle School in Ashburn. I joined Loudoun County when I retired from Fairfax County Public Schools after twenty-five years. I worked for the last 15 years in FCPS as a high school librarian and the last 8 as the head librarian of Centreville High School in Clifton, VA. I received a Masters of Library Science from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH and a B.A. in History and Sociology from Baldwin-Wallace University, Berea, OH.
When I am not at school I like to travel and enjoy time with my husband, Don and twentysomething children, Dan and Susan. I also have an identical twin sister living in Alexandria, VA which has caused many humorous situations throughout my life with someone who looks just like me!
I love middle school and enjoy sharing my love of research , reading, and technology with the students and teachers. I welcome all your suggestions to make our library the very best. Please stop by the library to visit and don't forget to take advantage of our wonderful resources on the library website.
I have recently moved to the area from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and am excited to get to know all of the students here at Lunsford!
I have a Masters from the the University of Pittsburgh in Library and Information Science, where I graduated with honors. I also hold a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Allegheny College. While living in Pittsburgh, I worked as a an archivist for the Nationality Rooms in the Cathedral of Learning and as a librarian at a medical technical school . My philosophy as librarian is to encourage curiosity in our students and to instill them with the skills to become critical thinkers and lifelong learners, through the use of technology and of course, good books.
As to my personal interests, I am a certified Pilates and Yoga Instructor and practice several times a week. I am an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction books, both for kids and adults, with widely varying interests; I read everything, from gardening and craft books to horror and apocalypse fiction. Come visit the library and ask me about my favorites!
I consider myself very lucky to be a part of the J. Michael Lunsford Middle School library, since I get to know and work with all of our wonderful students and staff.
I was born in Germany, grew up in Belgium, moved back to Germany to complete a 3 year apprenticeship program as a seamstress, to move yet again to earn my Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and Management at FIT in Manhattan. After six years in the fashion and home furnishings industry and living in San Francisco, my husband and I decided it was time for me to devote fulltime to our two beautiful daughters. Now our daughters are in 5th and 6th grade in South Riding, and I decided it was time for me to turn my hours of volunteering for the past seven years in our South Riding schools into a career.
In my free time my husband and I love to cheer on our girls playing soccer. Every weekend in the winter months you will find all four of us skiing down the slopes in WV, and during the summer months you will find us with our dog hiking and camping in our beautiful states that are around us. My little “me-time” is spent with playing volleyball, reading, landscaping, and of course I still like to sew and re-upholster furniture.
“The best thing that you can do in life is follow your heart. Take risks. Don't just take the safe and easy choices because you’re afraid of what might happen. Don't have any regrets and know that everything happens for a reason” Author Unknown