It's Wildcat Wednesday! Every Wednesday, we will spotlight a member of the LR Wildcat family.
This week we are introducing you to Kerri Cox!
Librarian at the Upper Elementary
Tell us about your family (human and/or fur family):
My husband, Russell, works at LR, too. He has students from all three elementary schools in the CATS gifted program. We have two sons who attend LR. Ben is in 10th grade, and Sam is in 7th.
How long have you been a teacher/worked in education?
This is my 20th year as a teacher.
How long have you worked for LR?
This is my 14th year at LR. I taught HS English for 3 years at LRHS before becoming the LRUE librarian.
Why did you choose to work for LR?
My husband and I both attended school here and think LR is a great district. It's small enough for it to be possible to have a tight community in our schools, and yet, it is big enough to provide lots of opportunities.
What is your favorite thing about working for LR?
Between my husband and I, we've worked for 10 districts, and LR is definitely the best. It has a positive climate and culture. Also, I feel like the teachers and administrators of LRUE try to reach every single kid, no matter what their needs are.
How did you know you wanted to be a teacher?
I've always loved reading and writing, and I wanted a career where I could share those things with others.
What's the greatest misconception about teachers?
People think librarians sit in the quiet library reading all day, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Libraries are a hub of activity. I sometimes have over 150 kids come through the doors each day, as well as a number of teachers needing resources or tech help. When it is quiet, we have lessons to plan and books to process and shelve.
What's stereotype about teachers is true?
Librarians really do sniff new books. There's nothing quite like the smell of a lovely new book.
What is something about you that might surprise people?
I am a podcast correspondent, blogger, and freelance writer in my spare time. I share campground reviews on a podcast and blog about our family's adventures exploring the country with our RV. Someday, I hope to live in an RV and travel full time.
What is your favorite quote?
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ~ Mary Oliver. We have one life to live, and we must live it to the fullest.
What's the weirdest job you've ever had?
During my first year of teaching, I was the cheerleading coach. I had never been a cheerleader and knew nothing about sports, so this was an odd job for me.
What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
I am working on a doctorate in Educational Leadership and hope to become a communication, curriculum, or technology specialist. However, my dream job would be to get paid to travel and write.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I wish I could give the "teacher look"--the one that stops kids in their path. I just can't pull it off convincingly enough.
What do you like to do when you're not at school?
My favorite thing to do is travel. I love seeing the diverse landscapes of our country and meeting people from all walks of life. I'm glad to share these experiences with my sons as they grow.
Thank you for being a Wildcat Kerri!