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Staff Spotlight

written by Caroline Reed


New Century is starting a new segment to our website called Staff Spotlight! There are so many talented adults who work behind-the-scenes on our campus to make magic happen. Our students are stellar, and they enter our school with ambition. However, the teachers and staff dedicate their time to the daily work of creating and implementing rigorous curricula. We work together to seek learning opportunities and encourage our students to intellectually excel! 

Interview Questions

Today's spotlight is on Ms. Julia Morrobel, New Century's Librarian. She also teaches lessons to all grades on research, plagiarism, and writing styles. This is her 10th year of being a Librarian and her 3rd year at New Century. She is serving her first year as the school's Academic Team coach. Enjoy these 10 quick questions to learn more about Ms. Morrobel: 

  1. What three traits describe you? Hardworking, Caring, Creative
  2. What is your favorite quote? "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Eleanor Roosevelt
  3. What's one thing you couldn't live without? Music. I am constantly listening to music when possible. It is soothing for me and helps me focus.
  4. What are the most popular books in our media center? The most popular type books in our library are scary/horror books. Although I get a lot of specific request for Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller and Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
  5. Who are your favorite authors? My favorite authors are Meg Cabot, Jane Austen, and Rainbow Rowell. I love a good romance and personally own almost every book by these authors.
  6. Where is the best place you've traveled to and why? This one is so tough! I loved Spain when I went there, and I go to Disney a lot with my best friend. My favorite though is England. I have been twice. I went for my senior trip after high school and did three weeks of study abroad there in college. I love the cultural experiences and the history to explore. Most of my favorite literature is English and I am a little obsessed with the royal family. I also think it helped me be okay doing stuff alone, like going to a museum or even just eating lunch. That sounds like such a small thing, but it was hard for me at first.
  7. What's the weirdest job you've ever had? The weirdest job I have ever had was in high school our band boosters ran the concessions at basketball games, and they hired seniors to clean up after games. So, my friend and I would have to clean all the bleachers after games. It was only weird because to do it faster we would use leaf blowers to blow off the bleachers after picking up any cups with liquid in them. It was also super gross.
  8. What advice do you have for kids who are struggling with the school environment this year? My advice for this year is use this to figure out how you work best and work at time management. I don't think I learned either of these lessons till late in college and both could have saved me many sleepless homework nights. I learned in college I am an auditory learner and I have attention issues. Because of these two lessons I discovered I could not skip class. I needed to hear the lesson presented and take notes while it was going on. If I just relied on reading someone's notes or the text later, I would fail. Also because of my attention issues I use music to help me tune out the world and limit my distractions. Time management is still something I am working on, but I try to work a little on a project each day, so it is not overwhelming when I need to finish it. On a personal note, this year is hard. I am an extroverted person and zoom does not fill that need to interact with others, but just shutting down doesn't either. I try to find ways (writing letters, facetime, and outside, safe distant visits) to connect. It is still so tough but worth it to keep others safe.
  9. Tell us something that might surprise us about you.  I hated reading in school. I actually was a much better math/science student, but I had an English teacher that took the time to find me the right book. In high school I became a better reader, but I still am slow at reading a physical book. I much prefer audiobooks, which is still reading.
  10.  What is your favorite thing about working at New Century? My favorite thing about working at New Century is the community of our school. I love that people say hi in the halls, getting to chat with students in the library in the morning, or the comments when I post about new books on schoology. It makes even the tough days enjoyable.