Born and raised in New Orleans, I grew up surrounded by family, friends, food, music and the rich local culture of America’s most European city. After graduating from the Isidore Newman School, I left New Orleans for Memphis, where I attended Rhodes College. I spent my first two years at Rhodes following a Great Books curriculum (everyone did) and then settled in to studying French and Spanish in earnest, eventually receiving a BA in Foreign Languages. I spent a year after college working at office jobs and diligently avoiding being a high school Spanish teacher before discovering library science while visiting a friend at LSU. I fell completely in love with librarianship while finishing my MLIS and have been happily pursuing that career path ever since.
I’ve held jobs in both academic and medical libraries over the course of more than 20 years in the profession. No matter what the setting, my focus has always been on public services, instruction, technology and administration. In particular I love working with first year college students, designing and delivering creative and interesting programs to welcome them to the academic library research experience both within the context of the UTC community as well as in preparation for a lifelong career as perpetually curious learners. I am a firm believer in the librarian as integral partner in the educational process with critical thinking and evaluation being the cornerstone skills we as professionals are ideally positioned to teach.
I absolutely adore food, cars, music, movies, tv and reading. When I’m not working I spend most of my free time being a mom to my two very bright and creative teenage daughters. My favorite place to vacation is the beach and my all time favorite food is the one and only American classic, the cheeseburger. I also probably drink too much coffee but I blame that on growing up in New Orleans.