Not everyone has wanderlust. Some people prefer to explore other places and cultures while focusing on family and home. Pam Dearinger is one of these people, someone who feels strongly that "kids, caring for pets, learning Norwegian, and a big home & yard" are worthy endeavors.
Born and raised in Parkland, Pam has three children and now has two nieces, 11 and 13, living with her and husband Dean. Her children now have lives away from home - one is a student at UW and another works for Weyerhaeuser - so it's the nieces and three cats that keep the household bustling these days.
Pam acquired a master's degree in library science from the University of Washington in 1998. Later she began working part-time as a reference assistance here in Mortvedt Library. After that temporary position ended, a half-time position in Interlibrary Loan opened up and she was hired into ILL in June of 2001.
For the last two-plus years, Pam has found stability and satisfaction in sending her local roots still deeper - that new generation of kids, the pets, the ongoing challenge of learning a new language and culture, and living in and working with a house built in the early 1900s. Truly Pam thinks globally but acts -- and lives -- locally.