About Mrs. Rifenburg



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Mrs. Rifenburg

Mrs. Rifenburg

845-486-4960 x11103     jrifenburg@acsdny.org

I'm thrilled to start my 3rd year as the Librarian at Arthur S. May. I L-O-V-E being a Gator!

Where have you taught?

I taught 4th grade at Beekman Elementary School for fifteen years before deciding to become a librarian.

Where did you go to school?

I received my B.A. at Bard College in Cultural Anthropology. I then received my M.A.T. at Teachers College, Columbia University. I’m currently enrolled in the  School Librarianship program at the University at Buffalo. I see myself as a lifelong learner. 

Why the Library?

First and foremost, I believe librarians help guide students on their journey of developing lifelong reading identities. We constantly model a love of reading, storytelling, being curious and seeing books as mirrors, windows and doors to change and growth. The library is a place to learn how to conduct research, using multiple print and technological sources, with a critical awareness to bias and credibility. It is a place to construct knowledge, communicate learning, and become responsible digital citizens. It’s also a place to get lost in a good book, laugh and feel at home.

What do you do in your free time?

When I’m not reading, you may find me walking our golden retriever, Rosie. You could also spot me playing a game of UNO or swimming with my daughter Margaret, visiting an art museum with my husband Chris or talking books and life with my friends. I also love to garden, watch movies, visit the beach and make photo books. I hope to someday skydive and learn how to play an instrument.