Good Talk: Ms. Smith

Meet the NASH Library Secretary who was once a producer at KDKA-TV

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photo by Kara Mihm

Ryan Nash, Staff Writer

What job did you hold before coming to NASH?

Before coming to NASH, I was a Special Education Assistant at MMS for one year.   Prior to that, I was a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom, and before that I was a Senior Writer/Producer at KDKA-TV.

What does your job here entail?

As the library secretary here at NASH, I have responsibilities that include creating purchase orders for ordering books and other materials, checking books in and out, and doing a yearly inventory of all materials kept in the library. I try to create book displays that intrigue students and make the library a welcoming place for everyone.

What made you decide to do this job?

When I saw the job opening here at NASH, I knew it was where I wanted to be.  I love to read, I enjoy interacting with students, and I prefer working with students at this grade level vs. the elementary age.

Has COVID-19 affected your job at all?

Absolutely.  Because of current precautions, we cannot allow students to come in for study halls, lunches, before or after school, or to browse for books.  We like the library to be a quiet place, but not like this!

What’s your favorite book or book series?

I loved the Harry Potter books and the world they created.  On an adult level, one of my favorite authors is Joe Lansdale.  He writes mysteries/thrillers with great characters (my favorites are Hap and Leonard) with dialogue that makes me laugh out loud.

What book are you currently reading?

I am currently reading The Botticelli Madonna by Richard Cox. It is a mystery, based on the true story of the recovery of a painting taken by the Nazis during WWII.

Funniest thing that has happened in the library over the past 12 months?

It’s a pretty quiet place, so although we do have fun and laugh, I can’t think of much except that sometimes Ms. Wienand and I accidentally dress like twins.

If you could change one thing about NASH, what would it be?

Windows.  e need more windows.

What would your dream job be?

I wish I had found the courage to start my own company. My husband opened a small advertising agency a few years ago, and I see how rewarding it is for him to run the business.  It has tons of frustration as well, but I think the trade-off is worth it.

What’s the coolest thing about Generation Z?

Because you all grew up with technology in your hands, you’re very comfortable with it.

What would most people be surprised the learn about you?

 I create stained glass art.