About Me

About MeEducation

B.A. English CSU, Stanislaus

M.A. Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama, University College Dublin

M.L.S. Library Science, San Jose State University

Professional Background

My dedication to libraries began in 1995 when I went to work for the Stanislaus County Free Library system as a library assistant. Starting out as the Riverbank branch librarian, I eventually moved to the reference department at the downtown Modesto branch.  I started library school in 1997, and earned my MLS in spring of 1999. A few months later I became part of the MJC faculty. I am currently the Coordinator of Library Instruction.

Personal Background

I was born and reared in Modesto, though I've also done year-long stints in Seattle, Washington and Dublin, Ireland.  A high-school drop-out, I reluctantly began taking classes at MJC in 1987 to get my parents off my back. To my surprise -- and with the help of fabulous professors like Jim Johnson, Allan McKissick, and Stan Spector -- I discovered that I had a brain that functioned perfectly well outside the social disaster that was high school.  I transferred to CSU, Stanislaus in 1990, then went on to complete two different graduate programs. 

The Universe works in mysterious ways and I eventually found myself right back where I started: at Modesto Junior College. This is my dream job. Every day I come to campus thrilled to be working with students in my research classes, at the research help desk, and in the variety of classrooms I visit every semester. My hope is to be able to inspire MJC students like I myself was inspired when I started taking classes here.

I'm also one of the founders of Modesto's Prospect Theater Project. PTP is a small non-profit theater company producing intimate, edgy, and unconventional theater.  I perform in 1-2 plays a year and serve as the company's managing director. Sometimes I sling Skittles at the box office.

When I'm not teaching or hanging out at the theater, I can be found traveling EVERYWHERE, geeking out with a handful of 20-sided dice, scouring thrift stores, doing yoga, puttering out in my garden, and seeing as many films and bands as I possibly fit into one lifetime.