BA, Clark University (International Develo)
Simmons College (Boston) (Master's)
I have a Master's Degree in Library Science and more than ten years in academic and public library research/reference work, am a published poet (and am minorly (that's not really a word!), obsessed with poetry), and am a former grant writer. I took four years of Latin in high school, four years of French in college (as well as study abroad in francophone (French-speaking) Cameroon, West Africa).
Over the course of my education and career I have worked with people from all over the world and of many different cultures and English-language abilities. I have been a committed Christian (with lapses!) since the early 2000s and am adept and passionate about the Bible and Bible Studies/research. Literature has been a lifesaver for me - analyzing and appreciating (and trying to get people to appreciate) literature has been the root of my career. Although it is technically out of the scope of librarian duties...proofreading (research papers, letters, resumes, and much more) is a daily, real, in-demand task of contemporary librarians and I have done much of it.
While I am not fluent in French, I took four years of it in college and studied and lived in a French-speaking country (Cameroon) for nearly four months. I was part of an informal French-speaking social group at the college where I previously worked and recently practiced my French frequently in e-conversations with a friend from Cameroon with whom I had reconnected.
I am, by nature, an encourager. Making literature clear and "plain"/uncomplicated (and enjoyable) is a talent of mine. I am an amazing writer and reviewer/proofreader. I have an amazing vocabulary and am in love with words and their history (word history - etymology - helps with remembering meanings of words). Coaching someone in learning English and improving their literacy is a dream of mine. The Bible is how God shows us his nature - helping someone to study it would be a privilege. I have a Master's Degree in Library Science and more than ten years in academic and public library research/reference work, am a published poet (and am minorly (that's not really a word!), obsessed with poetry), and am a former grant writer. I took four years of Latin in high school, four years of French in college (as well as study abroad in
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In the 9th grade, at the age of 14 or 15 - I wrote an exegesis on the 'Shema', in my college-level honors religion class - in which we also learned about the different 'schools' thought to be the inspired writers of the early books of the Old Testament (Yawhists/Eloists). I went to Catholic school for 13 years, which gave me immense intellectual knowledge of God. I have been a born again Christian since the early 2000s and since then have had a richer understanding of the significance of the Bible to an individual's daily walk with the Lord. Research has always been my 'thing' - including Bible research and study.