Meet our SERC Library Staff

Library Associate

Cassondra McCarthy

Cassondra McCarthy is an English/Language Arts teacher-turned-Library Associate who seeks to match education professionals and parents with the resources they need to ensure every student has a successful present and future. After spending several years working in Connecticut school districts, Cassondra understands the struggle educators face to match the needs of the student with the right solution. She firmly believes that, given the right tools and inspiration, every child can achieve the excellence that will allow them to reach for their dreams.

This is why she is dedicated to designing the SERC Library to be a welcoming, inclusive space for all with a collection of highly developed resources to support teachers and parents as they advocate for the young people in their lives. The SERC Library is committed to being at the forefront of innovation in education so that we can achieve the goal of providing an equitable education for all. If we can unite to ensure that every student has access to the resources they need to succeed, we can be assured that the future of our communities and the world will be a bright one.

With this in mind, Cassondra encourages anyone with questions or suggestions to reach out to the SERC Library staff so that we can help you meet the needs of your child, classroom, school, company, or district.

Cassondra has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and English (015) and is working on completing a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science at Rutgers University.

Library Associate

Julia Klann

Our library associate Julia Klann is very happy and excited to be part of the library team at SERC! Libraries have always been a place of peace and knowledge for her, a place where books help us to educate ourselves and to grow as individuals, as researchers, and as community members. Julia is very passionate about equal access to education as a right for every person and is determined to make a difference here at SERC.

She enjoyed the great privilege to receive an excellent education in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America and holds a Master of Modern Languages (MSt) from Oxford University and a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) from Harvard University. Now she wants to give back to the community and ensure that education is no longer a privilege but a right – there should be nothing that holds you back, neither your language, nor your background, nor your intellectual or physical learning abilities.

You can come to her with any questions or ideas and Julia is more than happy to help you. She wants to make sure that SERC offers the best possible assistance to its patrons and will go the extra mile to find a solution together with you. Julia also is familiar with French and German, so feel free to ask her anything language-related as well.

Julia’s credo is: “Let’s work together and make sure that Connecticut’s next generation is superbly educated and trained for a stronger future in which we create a community of mutual support and genuine care for one another.”