Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Mrs. Allen has found a home away from home in the Houston area. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and a Master’s degree in Library Information Science at the University of Illinois – Champaign/Urbana. She previously taught English Language Arts to students from 7th to 12th grade and is thrilled to serve as the Highlands Elementary librarian. Mrs. Allen is excited about the evolution of librarianship and is dedicated to creating a library devoted to literacy, critical thinking, technology, and creativity. She is married to her college sweetheart, Leslie, and they share a son, Brooks and a labradoodle named JJ.