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Tuesday with a Teacher

Name: Eileen Mulkerin D'Andrea (Library Media Specialist, Director of Advancement and Marketing)

How long have you been teaching? This is my 13th year teaching in the library at All Saints. Before that, I worked in publishing as an editor and copy writer, and in marketing at non-profit organizations.

What is the best part of your job? I have three different jobs at our school and I love them all! The best part are the relationships I've formed with the students and families here at All Saints, and all of the friendships I've made.

If you had a superpower for the day, what would it be? Definitely flight. I'd love to be able to fly at a moments notice to visit any of my six brothers and sisters! (Although I'm deathly afraid of birds, so that could be an issue.)

What is your favorite kind of music? Classic rock, Broadway show tunes and Irish folk music. Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and James Taylor...the top 3!

Do you have any pets? We have a sweet and lively yellow Labrador named Sadie. She keeps me busy and begs for long walks every day.

Do you have a hidden talent?  I consider finding the perfect book for a reluctant reader my hidden talent. (I also have a freakish memory for names and details about people's families.)

What is your favorite type of book to read?  Historical fiction. If I had to name just one, I think I'd say "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith.

What did you want to be when you grew up? An actress! I played Huck Finn in the 7th grade production of Tom Sawyer at St. Thomas, and that was the extent of my acting career. My mother told me I should be a librarian because I liked to read so much. (Always listen to your mother.)

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Any place with a beach! So that means that Norwalk, CT---where I have lived my whole life--- suits me just fine!

What was your first job?
I worked where everyone in Norwalk worked in high school in the 80's---Stew Leonards.

Any other fun facts? Despite the fact that I am a notorious klutz, (I have fallen and twisted my ankle hundreds of times), I somehow learned to be a great waitress in college, and could carry a tray of 10 dinners stacked high on one shoulder. I loved waitressing because it was fast-paced and social, and it's how I met my husband Jeff, who I have been married to for almost 25 years! We have a daughter who is in college and is a graduate of ASCS. And last but not least, I credit my eight years in Catholic elementary school for giving me my six best friends, who've been with me since first grade!
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