Meet Carly Imhoff from the Ashford School in Ashford, Connecticut
by Matthew
February 22, 2022

Meet Dr. Carly Imhoff, a science teacher of 11 years and devoted lover of books.

She’ll be our host this September at Ashford School of Ashford, CT—one of the first schools we’ll be visiting on the Busload of Books Tour.

Carly took a few minutes to tell us a bit about herself, her students, and her colleagues.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
I get to spend all day with awesome kids exploring stuff to understand how the world works.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR TOP PRIORITIES IF YOUR SCHOOL HAD MORE FUNDING?
Books! Lots of books that students can keep and take home so they can start their own personal libraries.

WHAT DO YOU WISH PEOPLE BETTER UNDERSTOOD ABOUT THE CHALLENGES FACING TITLE I SCHOOLS?
Our students have amazing learning experiences because their teachers get creative with what we have available. Sometimes this creativity is exhausting, and it would be easier to teach with more resources. But that doesn’t mean our students aren’t getting a life-changing education.

WHAT IS YOUR SCHOOL’S GREATEST CHALLENGE?
So many of our best teachers are leaving the profession.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD WE KNOW ABOUT YOUR SCHOOL?
We have a little library and a book vending machine that are very popular with our students.

WHAT IS SOMETHING FUN ABOUT YOUR STUDENTS?
Our robotics team has gone to the world championship for the past four years!

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SCHOOL TRADITIONS?
We have Cultural Arts Assemblies where our whole school comes together to experience new art forms and cultures. For some reason, most of these assemblies result in a spontaneous conga line.

WHAT MIGHT THE BUS LOAD OF BOOKS TOUR BRING TO YOUR SCHOOL?
Our students love to read, but they have never had a chance to meet an author (with the exception of a virtual author’s visit with one of our classes last year). Many of our students want to be authors, and they participate in National Novel Writing Month each year. Getting a book to keep will be such a big deal for our students!

We can’t wait to meet Carly, her colleagues, and the students of Ashford School. We’re hoping with our fingers crossed to prove worthy of a spontaneous conga line. Stay tuned.

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