When I began teaching high school French in rural Iowa nearly forty years ago, I never dreamed that my path would lead me to teaching jobs in France, Germany, and Colorado and eventually to the field of school librarianship. I ended my full-time teaching career as Library Media Specialist and Technology Coordinator at Eagleview Middle School in Colorado Springs in 2004. Since then I have worked as a consultant, mostly for the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources education outreach program. Along the way, I've written three books and a bunch of articles and presented too many primary source workshops to count.

I've been married for thirty-eight years to artist Roger Hayden Johnson. Our son works in Boulder as a User Interface Developer in a global marketing firm, and our daughter is studying for a Master of Fine Arts (painting) at the University of Chicago. I enjoy long trips to Europe, speaking foreign languages (French, German, and Italian), hiking in the Rockies, reading an eclectic mix of fiction and non-fiction in all formats, and hanging out in libraries, bookstores, art galleries, and Twitter. For the "official" me, click on my resumé!