WHO’S WHO AT IMAGINON
Ever wondered who the lucky people are that get to work at ImaginOn every day? Welcome to our Who’s Who at ImaginOn column, where we’ll feature people who work in all corners of this magical building, from the scene shop and costume shop of the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte to the circulation desk, the Spangler Library and Teen Loft of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Say hello next time you see us in the building!
What is your name?
What is your position/company/role at ImaginOn?
Teen Services Specialist for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library's Teen Loft
What does that actually mean you do every day?
In my head, I get paid to hang out with teenagers and read 5 days a week (which, I mean, is a pretty good gig!). Practically, I create and facilitate programs for teenagers covering everything from STEM to workforce development to Doctor Who.
If I were walking around the building, how would I recognize you?
Probably my laugh. I laugh a lot. And it carries.
What is the absolute coolest or weirdest or most fun part about your job at ImaginOn working for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library?
The coolest part is watching teens grow into young adults and build their own communities in the Loft. ImaginOn is really cool in that it provides a safe space for teens to just be teens, and I love and appreciate that so much. Also, there are dinosaurs in the building on occasion. I’m just sayin’. Dinosaurs.
You know that game “Two Truths and a Lie,” where you give three facts, and two of them are true and one is false? What are two truths and a lie about you? (*Scroll to the end for the false one!)
1. I lived in Alaska.
2. I accidentally insulted a world-renowned painter to his face about his painting.
3. I am fluent in French.
What is your favorite play?
My favorite play is Radio Golf by August Wilson, mostly for sentimental reasons. I had the opportunity to see it on a trip to New York when I was 17 while it was running on Broadway, and it was the first play I ever saw that allowed me to see my experience and that of my family’s represented in theatre.
What did you do before you came to ImaginOn?
I was an AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow for a nonprofit called Citizen Schools, which extends the learning day by providing academic support and community-partnered apprenticeships to middle school students.
If you could live in any imaginary world, what would it be and why?
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Because…magic.
*The falsehood: I am not fluent in French.