Debra Cardone was born in New York and raised in Berkeley, California where she attended the University of California, Berkeley and earned a BA in English, Teaching Credential, and Masters in Librarianship. As an experienced and professional school librarian, Debra Cardone worked as a Middle School English teacher and Library Director for Grades 6-12 at the distinguished Crossroads School for Arts and Science in Santa Monica before relocating to northern California. She is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta.
Ms. Cardone is an expert in the magic of helping girls fall in love with books and reading. She won the most distinguished ALA American Library in Excellence Award in the nation in 2003 for adapting and designing the current Lower School Library at Hamlin, and also worked closely with the team that designed Hamlin’s Riveter Lab, a dynamic maker lab that shares space with the library.
Ms. Cardone is an active member of the Association for Independent School Librarians, American Library Association, Bay Area Independent School Librarians, and Black Alumni at UC Berkeley, where she is committed to recruiting prospective students for retention. She has also represented Hamlin as a presenter for library workshops at the People of Color Conference, Association of Independent School Librarians, and (CAIS) California Association of Independent Schools.
Ms. Cardone currently resides in the suburb of Blackhawk in the East Bay. She spends time with her partner James and her son Dante, who attended Presidio Hills and Drew Schools in the Bay Area, and Cal Arts College in southern California. Her hobbiesinclude listening to her son’s Venture Capital tips, playing chess, reading print books and stubbornly moving to e-books, traveling, dancing, listening to music, and finding great books to read and share with her Hamlin Lower School students.