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Shannon Will
High School & District Librarian
Shannon Will was born and raised in Long Beach, CA but has deep SGV roots as her mom (and many uncles) graduated AHS in the 70's! An educator at heart, it wasn't long before Shannon was working in schools. During her undergraduate days, getting her BA in English Literature at CSULA, she was a special education instructional aide at Baldwin Stocker. This experience solidified her decision to teach and, from there, she earned her teaching credential and taught high school English in El Monte for almost 10 years. While teaching, Shannon went back to school to earn her Masters in Library and Information Science as well as her Teacher Librarian credential from San Jose State. After a brief stint as instructional coach, she began her school library journey, first as a high school librarian, then K-8, and now at Arcadia High School! She hates being asked to name her favorite book, but if she has to, it would be Persuasion by Jane Austen. Shannon lives in Pasadena and is currently restoring her 100 year-old home, an arduous but exciting adventure. She loves trying new restaurants and exploring new recipes at home. In the AHS library, Shannon, or "Ms. Will," seeks to create a space that fosters empathy, curiosity, and growth, no matter a student's reason for entering the library. 

Gabriela Torres
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.