Here is some imformation about our team!
Heidi has worked as a Children's Librarian with Timberland Regional Library, Kitsap Regional Library, and Lopez Island Library. Before that, she worked with homeless and immigrant youth, taught at a preschool, and acted with a traveling Shakespearean troupe. Wherever she is, she encourages kids to follow their natural curiosity in learning, whether it be through storytime, theater, robotics, or understanding the natural world. She is excited to bring what she's learned to libraries and schools in the Puget Sound area. She lives in Olympia, Washington with her dog Maggie, and husband Jason. She loves them all, not necessarily in that order.
Julia Parsons of Julia Gentlestrength Arts and Heartwood Healing Arts is a psychologist and professional artist that passionately makes healing resources accessible through the creative arts. She has worked with children in the arts for over ten years. She is excited to bring her skills to the Heartwood Storytelling partnership with Heidi Larsen!
Jason has done everything in the tech field from coding and electronics, to database administration and research analysis. His curiosity and enthusiasm know no bounds. Among other things, he has made us an augmented reality sandbox, a musical bench, and invented Art Orbit, and Sound Stream. Lately, he has been experimenting with brain-computer interace (alpha waves, etc) to play games. He has been advising and creating fun tech for kids with Heidi Larsen for ten years.
is a Bi-racial writer and teacher, with experience in diverse cultures and at-risk youth. Anne's focus is equity access for BIPOC.
is a LatinX library director with a STEM and Arts background. Gabby's focus is Spanish speakers and LGBTQ youth.