Samantha Archibald Mora, Teacher Librarian
I was born and raised in the border town of El Paso in a bilingual home. As a child, I family traveled often to Mexico visit family, and I was always fascinated by my maternal Hispanic culture. After studying abroad in both Mexico and Spain, I graduated from Southwestern University with a degree in Women’s Studies and English in 1995. I discovered my passion for teaching as a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador (1998-2001), and since then have taught English, Spanish, English as a Second Language, and Bilingual Education. I spent two semesters teaching Spanish and English for the Traveling School, traveling through Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia with 15 high school aged girls. I received my Master’s Degree in English Education from Boise State University in 2008, and I am a proud Boise State Writing Project fellow. I taught Spanish and English in the Boise School District for seven years before moving to Hailey in July of 2014 with my husband Matt, children Ray and Alicia, and our kitty Lola Bunny (RIP). After six wonderful years of teaching Spanish at the Wood River Middle School, I was thrilled to join the library in the notorious year of 2020. When not working, I can usually be found hanging out with my family, reading, cooking, and in the winter, skiing!