Amy Parente

Amy Parente
Librarian

Role
As the school librarian, my goal is to foster a love of reading and teach students vital literacy skills to help them navigate the wealth of information available to them. I love to assist students with not only finding books that they are interested in, but also discovering new reads that surprise and challenge them. Most of all, I am passionate about teaching students to be kind, caring, and curious about their world.

Professional Background
I graduated from The George Washington University with a double Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology and a minor in Dance. I worked for the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at GW and was so inspired by the faculty that I chose to go back to school and earn my Master’s in Elementary Education from GW as well. After graduating, I taught 1st grade for 6 years in Fairfax County at Spring Hill Elementary. In 2004 I had my first son and was able to transition into an inspiring role as a mentor to beginning teachers for FCPS. After 8 years of mentoring, my youngest son entered kindergarten and I returned to the classroom to teach 2nd grade at Claremont Immersion where I spent the last 6 years. Throughout most of my teaching career, I had always dreamed of becoming a librarian and decided to go back to school to earn my Library Media Specialist endorsement from UVA. I am thrilled to be joining the ATS staff as the school librarian this year!

Personal Interests
I am originally from New York (Long Island) and have always loved the beach! Being on the beach with a book is one of my happiest places! I live in Arlington with my amazing husband and two sons –  one in high school and one in middle school. During our down time we love to read, hike, bike, try new food, and play with our adorable dog Roo. I have recently discovered the inspiring practice of mindfulness and try to incorporate it into every aspect of my life.

Literary Connection 
For as long as I can remember, I have ALWAYS loved being in the library. As a child, I would walk through the stacks wide-eyed, carefully selecting a stack of books so high that I could hardly carry them to check out. It is so difficult for me to pick a favorite book, but I would have to say that I adore the Harry Potter series. Not only is it magical in every sense of the word, but I feel it created a revolution in reading causing more children (and adults) to become inspired and engaged in reading and left them wanting more! I am amazed with J.K. Rowling’s ability to create such a full, imaginative world with inventive language, settings, and complex, deep characters who inspire deep emotions in us as readers! I love the series so much, I’ve read all 7 books several times over and I always find them engaging and fun!

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ATS READERS were ON THE MOVE today celebrating their amazing reading at the ATS Reading Carnival! They made kindness boxes, showed their dance moves, made incredible sidewalk art, shared their love of reading, and had fun! @APS_ATS @APSLibrarians https://t.co/OTtkaiYfKc
Published October 27, 21 10:34AM
                                        
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Today we are thrilled to announce our summer reading challenge: ATS Readers on the Move! So excited to see our students take on this traditional challenge of reading 50 books & completing 10 good deeds over the summer! @APS_ATS @APSLibrarians https://t.co/ekMMMInq4T
Published June 04, 21 1:32PM
                                        
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