Connie Thompson

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Student at the University of Washington

Location

Seattle, WA
I am currently Masters of Library and Information Science student at the University of Washington in Seattle. Prior to library school I worked as a teacher of students with special needs in Austin, Texas for nine years. I have an undergraduate degree in special education/elementary education from the University of New Mexico where I grew up on the Navajo Reservation. I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer on the island of St. Lucia with a primary project of working collaboratively with the Ministry of Education on incorporating special education programs into schools that were lacking. I recently returned from studying the information gathering process of the French Polynesian culture through oral traditions in Papeete, Tahiti. I feel like I fell into librarianship. I've always had an interest but never thought it would come to fruition. I'm loving the process of getting there though. It took me awhile to decide if I would continue working with the youth population. It was a surprise to me how much I missed it after entering grad school. So, after graduating I look forward to working in a diverse setting with a focus on children and teen librarianship. I adore backpacking and have been fortunate enough to have backpacked on 4 of the 5 major trails in the US. I also have the goal of backpacking in all of the US National Parks. I geek out on teen literature way too much, get the travel bug way too often, just recently learned how to knit and crochet, and my all time favorite museum is the Musee D'Orsay in Paris, France.
Went to library school at University of Washington
What I'm Reading: 
I'm currently working on my Capstone Project in collaboration with Nancy Pearl and a local Seattle Public Library. The Capstone focuses on reader's advisory for teens. All the books I'm reading right now are geared towards young adults. So, I'm reading The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy, Scowler by Daniel Kraus, Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner and Sunshine by Robin McKinley.