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Excellence in Education | Readers are Leaders continues

Placer County Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery admits to being a "book omnivore."
Courtesy Tom Lippert |

EDITOR’S NOTE: Jennifer Montgomery, Placer County Supervisor, is featured in this week’s Readers are Leaders series. To read past interviews with leaders who are readers, visit http://www.tahoedailytribune.com, search “Readers.” Find Dr. Leri’s interview here.

Is reading important in your life/career? How so?

Reading is not only a requirement for my job as Placer County Supervisor, but also an opportunity for me to find a mental “escape” from the job. Without a doubt, reading is and will always remain a necessary skill for employment and enjoyment!

What is your favorite children’s book past or present?

I have a couple of favorite children’s books — “Stig of the Dump,” “Charlotte’s Web,” “The Little Lame Prince,” “The Jungle Book,” “The Little Prince,” and “Adventures of a Brownie.”  Just like favorite pieces of clothing and potato chips, I can’t choose just one.

If you were snowed in at a backcountry hut, what reading material would you want to have with you?

It’s probably cheating, but I’d choose my Kindle since I have hundreds of books and magazines loaded on it.

Why do you think readers are leaders?

Reading by definition challenges you — you learn new words, new ideas, challenge old thought patterns and create flexible new ones — all necessary traits for leaders.

Tell us your favorite places and times to read.

I finally got a fabulous, cozy recliner, which is my favorite place to read, but as my husband will confirm, I will read anywhere.

What is your favorite character in a book and why?  

Every book has a new favorite character or interest in it — that’s why I’m a book omnivore. Right now I’m reading:  “The Drowning Guard,” a novel about the Ottoman Empire, “Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations” about soil erosion and loss of agricultural fertility as it impacts cultures over time, “Culture, Crisis and America’s War on Terror” about how social media, television, etc formed our “vision” of the events and aftermath of 9/11, and “Someone Knows my Name” a fictionalized story about a woman kidnapped into slavery.

Submitted by Ruth Jackson Hall, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Early Learning Coordinator.

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