I have been very fortunate to be a part of the Ryan community, serving as the Teacher Librarian, since 2007. I originally entered into the field of Education to work with students and technology, earning my first Master's degree in Educational Technology from the University of Michigan in 2000, and serving as the Technology Coordinator and Technology Teacher for a private Montessori school in Ann Arbor. When I moved back to Colorado in 2001, I launched my career as a librarian in Denver Public Schools, finding that I could easily mesh two of my great loves in Education - technology and reading - all together in one job! That led me to my second Master's degree from the University of Colorado at Denver in Information and Learning Technologies, with an emphasis in School Libraries. (Try saying that 5 times fast!) Contrary to popular belief, librarians do not just love books, and no, Ms. Arias does not sleep on the cushions in the story area at night! :) Outside of work, you'll find me going for a hike, traveling around the world, tackling puzzles and word games, and enjoying a good laugh and good food with my friends and family. And yes, at times, I have been known to spend an entire weekend engrossed in a good book!