Meet the people working behind the scenes of Cavalcade of Authors West. We have all united to provide the secondary students of our region access to some of the best Young Adult authors of our modern era. So, without further ado, we present to you…
President: Carina Pierce
Cougar Mountain Middle School, NBCT Library Media
I am in my 8th year teaching secondary students, my 6th year as a teacher-librarian. I am a Washington Husky (B.A. English), a Central Wildcat (Secondary Teaching Cert), hold an M.A. Ed from Antioch University Seattle, and recently completed my National Board Certification in Library Media. I am passionate about literacy…both the reading and information technology kind. You will often find me with a book or online when not working. I am also passionate about student empowerment, which is why I also love my job as the ASB/Leadership advisor at CMMS. I live in Puyallup with my super supportive husband and three amazing kids, all extremely busy and making their own dreams come true.
Chair-person: Kari Bradley
Curtis Junior High School English Teacher
Hello, I am in my 11th year teaching, all of which have been at CJH teaching 9th Grade English and the Leadership class. Working with student leaders has opened many doors for me, as I’ve been a Camp Columbia Leadership Camp Teacher Counselor for 10 years, and am a Past President of the Washington Activity Coordinators Association (WACA). As a WACA board member, I have helped put on similar conferences to Cavalcade for a number of years. I am passionate about music and going to concerts with my husband. I also love reading Young Adult Literature, connecting with fellow readers on Instagram and Twitter, and connecting with authors when they’re on tour. Above all, I enjoy spending time with my chosen-family and family-family!
Chair-person: Virginia Larsen
Ferrucci Junior High School English Teacher
I just finished my seventh year of teaching. I‘ve taught mostly English along with some History and Leadership classes in grades seven through eleven. I also just finished coaching my seventh year of girls high school water polo. My passions include reading, coaching and playing water polo, teaching Sunday School, scrapbooking, watching action movies, and playing baritone saxophone in my jazz band. I recently attended Book Expo America 2014 in New York City, and am so excited to bring a taste of that conference to Western Washington.
Chair-person: Carrie Willenbring
Bethel Middle School Teacher-Librarian