Greetings! I am Deborah Villegas, I am Alamos Elementary School’s, Library Media Technician. This is my dream job for a number of reasons. Besides my love of books and reading, I have a passion for watching young students learn to read and discover themselves through literature. I also enjoy working with families and educators in support of the success of every student, every day. I grew up in Riverside and now call Temecula my home. My hobbies include reading, music, painting, and cross-stitching/ embroidering - I now have two sweet fur babies.
I graduated with bachelor's degrees in Art History and Religious Studies from the University of California, Riverside, and went on to earn my master’s degree in Religious Studies from California State University, Long Beach. My undergraduate studies included studying abroad for a semester in beautiful Florence, Italy; a cultural journey so rich and magnificent that I returned a few years later with my daughter. Most recently I received my certificate in Library and Information Technology from Palomar College and successfully completed the Instructions Media Resource Associate Certification course at the San Diego Office of Education.
My library background includes positions at the Riverside Community College Wilfred J. Airey Library, The Science Library at UC Riverside, and Corona Public Library's Children's Room. It was my love of children's literature and the wonderful experiences at the Corona Public Library that has resonated with me through the years and what has brought me back to what I refer to as, “My Calling.”
I believe my wide range of life-experience allows me the ability to offer a unique and valuable perspective to my role as your Library Media Technician and consider it an honor and a privilege to be able to serve the young people of Alamos Elementary School.
Hello, I am Maria D. Flores, and I have been one of your Alamos Elementary School’s Library Assistants since the school first opened in 2004. I lived in Chula Vista and when I was able to retire, my husband and I moved to Temecula in 2003 to be near our grandchildren. My hobbies include reading, gardening, sewing (especially quilting), pottery building, and spending time with our grandchildren.
My background consisted primarily in Administration and Financial Program Analysis at the Department of the Navy in San Diego for over 30 years. I provided financial assistance in various military aircraft and weapons procurement programs. I was looking for a “fun job” after retirement and I thought working in an elementary school would be something that I would love. I was able to get a position as an Instructional Assistant at Ysabel Barnett Elementary prior to moving to Alamos Elementary School as a Library Assistant.
I’ve always loved to read, but to experience the joy of reading through your child’s eyes is priceless. After working at such a hectic pace in the government regarding budgets; this position reminds me to “stop and smell the roses," looking at books the way the children do, makes me more appreciative of what they are getting out of books. I also get to revisit many books that I enjoyed so many years ago. I’ve been fortunate to have two of my grandchildren go to Alamos, and currently, I have another one attending. It's pure "icing on the cake” to be the Library Assistant that gets to guide my grandchild’s class while they are in the library!