Faculty Spotlight: Anne Porter-Roth
Name: Anne Porter-Roth
Preferred Pronouns: she/her
Grade(s) Taught: Over the years—all. Currently Primary–5th grade
What year did you start working at Marin Horizon? 1993
What school(s) did you attend? Masters in Library Science, San Jose State University; Bachelor's, English Literature, UC Berkeley.
Why did you want to become a teacher? I became a librarian because I love doing research and helping people find the answers to their questions. I’m also very happy surrounded by books. I started out as a corporate information specialist and never would have imagined that I would end up spending the majority of my career as a school librarian!
What continues to inspire and drive you to teach? Every year is different, and every student is unique. I never know what I’m going to learn and what wonderful new books I will discover.
What’s your favorite thing about being a teacher/working at a school? Children tend to be unfiltered and truthful. They’re also hilarious. In addition, I get to work with a group of smart, kind, inspiring, and wonderful colleagues.
Why Marin Horizon? I’ve never worked in another school so I can’t compare. However, I can’t imagine a place where I would get to work with such great kids and adults and am valued for my knowledge and experience.
What has been your experience at Marin Horizon so far? You name the experience, and I’ve had it.
Which of our Pillars resonates with you the most and why? (We are insatiably curious, We are complex thinkers, We embrace challenge, We are active community members, We have a voice) All of the Pillars are important, but the one that resonates most for me is that I am insatiably curious. Doing research and finding solutions to questions are what drives me.
Do you have any hobbies? I’m the stereotypical librarian—reading, cooking, spending way too much time on the internet.
Is there any book that has had a particular impact on you? There are many thousands—I could never pick one. But, if I were forced to choose, I would say that the books I borrowed from the Children's Department of the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, PA started me on my journey. We would go at least once a week, and I was always frustrated that I was only allowed to borrow ten books at a time.
Where did you grow up? Where do you live now? Until I was 11, I lived in Pittsburgh. My parents suddenly decided to move to Sausalito. They wanted to be beatniks or something. As someone who worshipped TV shows like Father Knows Best and Leave it to Beaver, I was not happy with this decision. I was so traumatized by that move that I have lived in the Bay Area ever since. We moved to Mill Valley in 1989. Maybe I'll try going somewhere else some time.
Is there anything else you want people to know about you? I’ve been very lucky to have spent the majority of my career at Marin Horizon. It’s the perfect place to be a librarian—very supportive and literary. Contact Anne at email@example.com.
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