Just two short school years ago I began serving as Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. I came not knowing what to expect, but anticipating a life-changing experience. I am glad to say I was not disappointed.
I have changed both professionally and personally while here.
- I have learned about delivering professional development to adults, discovering that just as when working with students, the key to learning is engagement.
- I have experienced the richest collaborative relationships of my career with some of the most knowledgeable experts in the world. They work here in divisions across the Library, sharing the vast collections with the world.
- I have discovered the frustrations and joys of searching the digitized collections, cringing upon seeing the phrase “Access to this resource is only available at the Library of Congress,” but often finding something just as fabulous with “no known restrictions.”
- I have come to appreciate the power of primary sources to engage our students, inspiring them to ask questions and seek answers.
Personally, I fell in love with the great city of Washington, DC and have decided to stay. I will be working as a high school librarian in northern Virginia. I am excited to share what I have learned at the Library of Congress with my new colleagues and students.
Thank you to everyone who supported me in this journey both inside and outside the Library of Congress.