Job Title/Company: Student Success Program Manager, Seattle Public Library

Team Read Experience: Reading Coach, 2001-2004

As a teen, Team Read provided me with a meaningful job opportunity that allowed me cultivate my leadership skills, earn money, and give back to my community. This experience helped build my confidence as an insecure teen and gain a clearer understanding of what of brought me joy- helping others.

Soon after completing the Team Read program, I started working at The Seattle Public Library as a Student Assistant while also pursing my Bachelor’s in Social Work and Master’s in Information Library Science from the University of Washington. Since then, I’ve worked as a youth librarian delivering a range of services in the community and I’m currently managing system-wide formal learning programming at the library. The best part is that I also get to manage and cultivate a beautiful program partnership between SPL and Team Read, supporting readers and teen coaches throughout the city. Talk about full circle!