Hi Castro Family! My name is Kristy Buchanan and I am thrilled to be the teacher-librarian at Castro Elementary. I grew up in the midwest, but Denver feels like home now after living here for the past 14 years. I attended the University of Denver and received my B.A. in Psychology and French. I spent two amazing summers studying abroad in France, one in Paris and one working at a preschool in the Alps. After graduation, I taught preschool for a few years and then went back to DU to pursue my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy. I taught 3rd grade for three years and then realized I wanted to become a librarian. I received a full-ride fellowship to go back to DU once more, this time to work on my Masters of Library and Information Sciences degree with an emphasis on Early Childhood Librarianship. This is my 4th year as the teacher-librarian at Castro, and I think it’s the best job in the world! I love introducing students to new books and authors and seeing students become excited about reading. I love picture books and enjoy reading them to students, I tell them they are never too old for a good picture book! One of my goals in the library is to help students develop a love of reading that will stay with them throughout their lives. Another goal is to help students use technology to further their own learning and also to use technology to show what they have learned.
When I’m not at school, I spend all of my time with my family. My husband and I have been married for 11 years and have three little girls-they are the most important thing in the world to me. If I ever have free time, I like to run, read, sew, hike, ski, take on DIY projects and travel!