John is a rising junior at St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD. He was raised in Waterbury, VT – just down the road from CLiF – by two book-lovers; his mom is a voracious reader and his dad read aloud in primary school classrooms for ten years! John has cultivated his own passion for stories and storytelling, which led him to reach out to CLiF. This passion also drew him to St. John’s, which operates a “Great Books” curriculum centered on the reading and discussing of works that are foundational to Western Culture.
John plans to graduate with a degree in Liberal Arts. While classics like The Tale of Despereaux (Kate DiCamillo) and The Phantom Tollbooth (Norton Juster) remain close to his heart, John’s focus has shifted in college toward works of philosophy, such as Plato’s Republic and Augustine’s Confessions. He is glad, though, to return to the world of children’s books, and is excited to work with a non-profit organization for the first time. This summer, he hopes to spread the joy of reading among local youth, while also becoming more engaged with the practical power of literacy in communities.