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Hilda Gonzalez

Hilda Gonzalez

Biography

Hilda Gonzalez became Roycemore’s Librarian in 2019. She had become familiar with Roycemore’s education and community when her daughter, Alanis, attended and graduated in 2018. Hilda has been in the Chicagoland area her whole life, growing up in the Uptown area where she was always visiting her local branch of the city library. It was here that she developed a love for reading and a desire to pursue a degree in literature.

Hilda put herself through school and earned her B.A. in English Literature at Northeastern-Illinois University in 2013 and her Master’s Degree in Library Science from UW-Milwaukee in 2020. Before joining our staff, Hilda was a Library Assistant in the children’s department at both Oak Park and Evanston Public Libraries. Hilda is passionate about diversifying the library’s collection, reading to students, bringing authors in, and offering Battle of the Books and other reading programs to both Lower and Middle School students.

Hilda’s voice and perspective on diversity and mental health have been a welcome contribution to the school community, as she has sponsored our Diversity Club in the Upper School and co-sponsored our Teen Empowerment Group in the Upper School. “Ms. Hilda” is loved by students young and old for her library skills and her ability to appreciate and validate every student who comes through her door. 

In her free time, Ms. Hilda enjoys finding gems for the library, watching movies, and connecting with friends and family.  

Education

  • MLIS University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • B.A. Northeastern Illinois University

Favorite Quote

  • “The only thing stronger than fear is hope.”

Why Do You Teach? What is the impact you hope to make on students?

I chose children’s librarianship because I feel it’s the area where I can make the greatest impact on children’s lives. To put the right book, in the right hands, at the right time is, I feel, one of the most important things one can do for a child. 

Why Roycemore?

Roycemore has given my daughter opportunities neither of us could have imagined and welcomed us into their family. I hope to support Roycemore’s mission as a faculty member and help students and families in similar ways that my daughter and I have been supported in the past.