Meet Ms. Modarai

By Kalie Sommerfeld

As we are starting to get back into the swing of things in the new school year, HB welcomes three new teachers to the Upper School. I decided it would be a nice idea to interview them so that you can get to know a little more about them. In this interview with Ms. Modarai, the new librarian, you can tell that she is super excited to be here! Hopefully you can learn a little more about her through this article, and welcome her in the learning commons as she can’t wait to get to know the students and the school more.

Question 1: What is your favorite thing about HB so far?
Answer: “How welcoming everyone has been because coming as a new staff member can be quite overwhelming, and both the staff and the students have been really positive and welcoming and friendly and that’s just made a huge impression on me. I felt like my transition has been eased in, in that way, and I am sure it is something that will continue as a characteristic of HB.”

Question 2: What did you do before you worked here?
Answer: “I was working at an international school in China for five years before I came here. It was an all girl school, and I was working in the high school library. It was much bigger than Hathaway Brown. We had about 1,200 students just in the Upper School, and it was very different in that most of them were Chinese so the kinds of books and the content of the books were geared toward more English and the second language learners. I’m excited for the new demographic of students, and the challenges of being in this environment now, and using what I have learned in China to positively impact the community at HB.”

Question 3: What are your favorite books and what types of books do you like to read the most?
Answer: “That’s such a hard question, you know, it’s funny because I’ve been reading mostly young adult books recently, and I love young adult books, and I love fantasy books. The Harry Potter series is very close to my heart. I would say that they are up there in terms of my favorite books. I am also a huge Lord of the Rings fan, and I have great admiration for British literature, especially Jane Austen, so the classics in that regard I am quite fond of. I also enjoy reading memoirs and biographies, but I am more of a fiction fan, so I am excited to talk to you girls and hear what other books everyone is into and promote my love of reading.”

Question 4: What do you like to do in your free time?
Answer: “ In my free time, I enjoy cooking and baking and obviously reading. It’s funny because I haven’t had a lot of free time to do that since I started here, but I look forward to getting a handle on everything and being able to read for pleasure more often. I enjoy hiking and being in nature as well as socializing and meeting new people. I’m also into crafts and sewing.”
Question 5: Is there anything else you want us to know about you/ are there any fun facts about yourself that you would like to share?
Answer: “I come from a multicultural background. My dad is from Iran, and my mom is Canadian. I grew up in Toledo, Ohio, and I enjoy traveling. I’ve traveled a lot just from being in Asia, but also before that I lived in Scotland. For half a year, I did a study abroad, and I have traveled to Europe, so I feel like I am very globally minded, and I really like that about HB—how there is such a global perspective and the Center for Global Citizenship. I am just looking forward to being involved with the community in that way of more global perspective and learning about yourself and the world around you. I feel like it is such a positive thing for people, and the necessary thing for people to do.”