Karen Rappaport, Learning Commons Librarian at McLean School, smiles at camera while kneeling next to a tree

Learning Commons LibrarianKaren Rappaport

My Story

As long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a teacher. My younger brother and I used to play school when we were little and I would always give him homework! I grew up in central Connecticut, came to DC for college, and never left.

I graduated with a BA in Elementary Education from American University. I have taught all ages from 3 months to grade 8, from self-contained classrooms to music and performing arts. A few years ago I decided to pursue school librarianship and earned a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Florida State University. I am thrilled to be able to use the knowledge and skills from my years of teaching and my two earned degrees as the Learning Commons Librarian at McLean School.

In my free time, I love to read (especially historical fiction and biographies), travel (I’ve been to 49 states and 36 countries!), and bake and decorate cakes. This summer I have been refining my iMovie skills and spending lots of time outside. I also sing with The Washington Chorus and cherish time spent with family and friends.

The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
                          -Dr. Seuss (I Can Read With My Eyes Shut)