Bridget Neace

True Story. 😉

My name is Bridget Neace; I’m a 36-year-old school librarian in Chesterfield County, Virginia. I am a lifelong Virginia resident and I attended elementary through high school in the district where I now work. I attended the College of William & Mary where I double-majored, earning a BA in theater and a BS in elementary education. When I’m not obsessively following mushers, you will most likely find me reading some work of fiction; my favorite books are the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I also recently earned my black belt in karate with my son. Blake, my husband of over ten years, is a police officer and we have a nine-year-old son, Nicholas, and a six-year-old daughter, Charlotte.
I was a classroom teacher for ten years at Matoaca Elementary School, where I taught first, second, fourth, and fifth grades. After earning my endorsement in library media from Old Dominion University, I was fortunate to become the school librarian at the school where I had taught for a decade; I have now been the librarian at Matoaca for over four years.
In 2008, I went to a professional development session about using the Iditarod to teach math. I thought it sounded like an interesting idea, but it wasn’t until the 2012-2013 school year that I finally decided to introduce my students to the world of the Iditarod. What these mushers and their dogs achieve out on the trail is both astounding and so far outside of anything I’ve ever experienced in my life; I’m just so in awe of their strength and determination. Now that I’m the school librarian, I get to teach an entire school community about this “Last Great Race.” Many of my students are obsessed with sports and every year, I not-so-jokingly tell them, “Forget football, this is MY sport—the Iditarod is MY Super Bowl!”

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