High School & District Librarian
Lesley Ogle is from a small town in the middle of California. She earned her BA in English and her M.Ed. in School Library and Information Technology from Fresno Pacific University. Before working at Arcadia USD, she ran a small high school library in the Cow Capital of California. Prior to library work, she was an English teacher who aspired to have the best bulletin boards around. She is a reading committee member for the California Young Reader Medal, a student-driven award given to well-deserving children's and young adult authors each year. Her favorite book was The Book Thief until she read My Lady Jane and fell completely in love with its wit and creativity. She collects weathered copies of Jane Eyre and tons of Harry Potter memorabilia. When she's not reading, she's singing show tunes to her cat, which he does not appreciate. Her favorite part about working in the library is getting to know students and putting the perfect book in their hands. She is a proud Ravenclaw.
Library Assistant II
Gabriela Torres is a native of Monterey Park, CA. Directly after graduating high school, she went on to get her BA in American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz (a banana slug for life!), which is where she first became involved in libraries, working as a library page at the university’s library. However, it wasn’t until she was working as a substitute teacher, and was chosen to work as a long-term substitute library aide at two Alhambra area high schools that she realized that she wanted to be a librarian. After receiving her Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from University of California, Los Angeles, she went on to work in various capacities, first as a bibliographic librarian at a community college, and then going on to provide programming and assistance as a children’s, teen’s, adult librarian and eventually manager at three different branches of a large Los Angeles area public library system. One of her favorite books is American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. In her spare time, she enjoys reading (of course!), helping her mom throw a monthly Cuban dance party, and going to the zoo to feed the giraffes with her daughter and husband (who is also a librarian). She considers it a privilege to be working at the Arcadia High School Library, serving students and staff alike.