Before becoming a librarian Dr. Linda Zamarripa was a math teacher. Her journey in the education field came when her own children were attending school.

She had always wanted to be a teacher, but didn't follow through with her dream.

In 1988, Dr. Z, as everyone calls her, was working at a car dealership when she ran into one of her classmates and during a conversation they had Dr. Z remembered her dream.

She quit her job even through her children where young and began taking classes to be become an educator. She began her career in 1992 and eventually promoted to librarian. She is currently Alice Independent School District’s District Library Coordinator.

On Thursday, Alice Echo News Journal and Bowden Ford of Alice presented Dr. Z with the September Amazing Teacher Award as she rushed around with her library duties. Her duties include overseeing every library in AISD, but she also checks in books, works with technology, orders and issues college textbooks among other things.

Dr. Z's passion in life is reading. She instilled that during her math classes and continues to instill the importance of reading to students.

“I love my job especially on busy days,” Dr. Z stated. “I appreciate (this award) because it's a lot of work..I'm more than a librarian and it can get hectic.”

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