Each month, an ALSC member is profiled and we learn a little about their professional life and a bit about their not-so-serious side. Using just a few questions, we try to keep the profiles fun while highlighting the variety of members in our organization. So, without further ado, welcome to our ALSC profile, ten questions with ALSC member, Brian Fahey
1. What do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
I am currently a fifth grade teacher of social studies, reading and math. I have been teaching for twenty eight years and have taught high school, middle school and elementary. I also coach field hockey and basketball.
2. Why did you join ALSC? Do you belong to any other ALA divisions or roundtables?
I joined ALSC in order to support the work of bringing literature into the lives of young people. The library was a magical place for me when I was a child; all those amazing books in one place and I was allowed to read them all. I’d like for other children to experience that. I do not belong to any other roundtables or divisions, but I currently serve on the ALSC membership committee.
3. What could you write a book about?
I could write a book about family life, about teaching or about coaching. Whatever I wrote would end up being mostly comic because I tend to find the humor in most situations.
4. What are you proudest of having accomplished in your professional career?
I’m most proud of continuing to learn and grow. I’ve been teaching for a long time, but I feel like there is still so much for me to learn. Trying new things makes me feel like a first year teacher and that is a good thing!
5. What is your favorite constellation?
Canis Major. Who doesn’t love a loyal dog?
6. E-books or Print?
That’s too easy. Print all the way. I recognize the advantages of e-books and I’m glad that we have them, but there is nothing like holding a print book. I can’t possess an e-book in quite the same way that I can a print book. A cherished print book feels like an old friend and I can’t work up that kind of feeling for an e-book.
7. What is your favorite fingerplay?
The Itsy Bitsy Spider. My kids loved it and we love whatever our kids love, don’t we?
8. What is your dream vacation?
My dream vacation is to rent a little stone house in rural Italy or France that has great roads for cycling. I would take long rides each day, come back for a swim in the pool and then cook dinner in a big kitchen with a tiled floor and sit down to eat an old wooden table. Some wine would be spilled. We would cajole the kids into helping with dishes, then we would go outside and find Canis Major.
9. What children’s book character would you most like to meet?
Jesse Aarons from Bridge to Terabithia. He’s a fascinating character who had to face challenges that are typical for kids, but he also faced challenges that are overwhelming even for adults. He remained true to himself, compassionate and he was lovely toward his younger sister. I’d like to take that kid to an art museum, just like Miss Edmunds did in the book.
10. What’s the last song you sang out loud?
The Talk of the Town, The Pretenders
Thanks, Brian! What a fun continuation to our monthly profile feature! Brian Fahey is an elementary teacher at the Wilmington Friends School in Wilmington, Delaware where he has taught for 28 years. He is also a member of the ALSC membership committee.
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