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Reading Resolutions: Staff Edition 2017

March 16th, 2017

{photo by All Bong}

While we're enjoying these Teacher Work Days with no classes, let's see what some of our teachers and staff are reading these days. Our fun and inspiring Reading Resolutions series is back, and this time we’ve gone to a few Team SLOCA staff members to find out what books are on their nightstands! Check out their stacks, and maybe you’ll find something you want to add to your own book queue. (Can you spot the repeat? Must be a good book!)

Lisa Ann Dillon

Intermediate Lead and Teacher (Track A), Math Lead

I wish I could say I am exaggerating but between prep for the Literature training, non-SLOCA read alouds for my kids and then my own stuff – this really is my ongoing reading pile!

  • Arthur and Sherlock by Michael Sims 
  • Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • The Land by Mildred D. Taylor
  • Hans Christian Andersen edited by Maria Tartar
  • Eden's Outcasts by John Matteson
  • The Classic Tales of Brer Rabbit collected by Joel Chandler Harris
  • Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  • Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis
  • Pilgrim's Progress by Gary Schmidt
  • The Sacred In-Between by Joan Chittister
  • The Well of Being by Jean-Pierre Weill 
  • Thank you for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas Friedman


Guy Kinnear

Middle School and High School Art Teacher

This is literally my night stand pile. For personal reading and family bedtime reading:

  • Holy Bible by collaborative authors
  • Sketchbook, by me
  • Art of the Commonplace: Agrarian Essays of Wendell Barry
  • Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church by N.T. Wright
  • The Orange Fairy Book edited by Andrew Lang
  • Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
  • The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
  • The Complete Poems and Plays of T.S. Elliot
  • Klaus and the Witch of Winter by Grant Morrison and Dan Mora


Debbie Lee

Assistant to the HS Director

I have a multitude of books to be read on my nightstand, but these are the ones that I aspire to read, or finish reading, rather sooner than later:

  • My Antonia by Willa Cather
  • New York by Edward Rutherfurd
  • have a little faith by Mitch Albom
  • the life-changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo
  • 1776 by David McCullough
  • Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple


Anne Lorenzen

Middle School Logic & Rhetoric Teacher, Student Council Facilitator

  • the life-changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo
  • Mother of Pearl by Melinda Haynes
  • An Ethical Compass by Elie Wiesel and Thomas L. Friedman 
  • The Writer's Guide to Weapons by Benjamin Sobieck 
  • Writer's Market 2016 by Robert Lee Brewer
  • Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy

Thanks for sharing your current and hoping-to-read-soon lists, Team SLOCA! 


Parents or staff, if you’d like to join in a future Reading Resolutions blog post, please email Down Home and we will put you on the list to be contacted.