This picture pretty much sums up my maker childhood…building stuff with my dad, and wearing a shirt sewn by my mom while I must have been underfoot in her sewing room! He is a mechanical engineer and woodworker, she is a sewist and stained glass artist…so making was a way of life growing up!
As a result, I love anything related to making and technology and have both a workshop and a sewing room in my basement. Laser cutting, CNC, 3D printing…you name it, I probably dabble in it. I also enjoy sewing and have research interests in costume history and fashion design. My students are no longer surprised when they see their eccentric librarian proclaiming her own library holidays, complete with special events and accompanying costumes!
I have my master’s degree in English with a creative writing emphasis, and have served on the BYU Books for Young Readers Conference committee and the UELMA (Utah Educational Library Media Association) board. I hold teacher endorsements in English, history, library media, and recently completed one in educational technology. (What can I say…I love learning new things!)
Currently, I’m a secondary library coach in my district, which has been a great opportunity to learn more about how to best help others reach their potential. I was the recipient of an Accent on Excellence award from Alpine School District in 2016, and I taught an online course in children’s literature for a local university for over a decade. I am also a Central Utah Writing Project Fellow.
Have a making challenge in your workshop? Need advice on a project you’re trying to design for students? Is there a new piece of tech you’d like me to test out? Please reach out!