I am preparing a future YA Wednesday post for a more developed introduction, but at the very least, I'd like to say that I am delighted to work as YA Wednesday's chief curator. I have worked with Dr. Bickmore on many projects, but this very big project takes the cake! Since last spring, Steve has provided hours of blog-related instruction and explanation, preparing me for this transition. I am certain that I will make mistakes, but I am grateful for a stellar team of co-curators who will help things along.
A bit about me: I serve as a professor of English and department chair at Aquinas College, where I teach writing and language arts methods. I am also a Co-Director of the UNLV Summit on the Research and Teaching of Young Adult Literature. At Aquinas, I find tremendous joy and purpose in matching each of my students with the right YA books, and I am an absentminded professor when it comes to which books my students borrow and return. At home, I find tremendous joy and purpose in my four girls--all YA lovers--as well as running, hiking, and canning. I should also mention Gracie, my five-pound Yorkshire Terrier, who serves as a steady lap-dog whenever I read a book.
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Kudos to these new curators! Together we will bring exciting new YA content for 2022.