My name is Neena Wright and I am the librarian here at Memorial High School. I have been a librarian going on 16 years and have worked at Kazen Middle School, South San ISD, Mathews High School, Mathews, Virginia, and Cotulla High School, Cotulla ISD, Texas. Prior to becoming a librarian I taught World Geography and US History for 3 years at McCollum High School, Harlandale ISD.
I was born in Alabama and as an Air Force brat attended 8 schools between kindergarten and graduating high school and lived in Michigan, California, South Carolina, New Hampshire, California (again), Alabama, Florida, and Virginia. I graduated from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, with a BS in Library Science and History. But instead of going to work in the education field, I decided to follow in my dad’s footsteps and became an Air Force officer as well and held jobs as administrative officer, executive officer, squadron commander, and chief of protocol. I served at bases around the world and lived in Florida, Illinois, Texas, Nevada, Japan, Louisiana, and Guam. While in the service I received a MA in Computer Resource Management from Webster University. When a 15-year retirement was made available I acted upon it and retired. Within a month of retirement I was hired to teach at McCollum High School and then went on to work as a librarian at Kazen Middle School. While working at Kazen I completed a MLS (master‘s degree in Library Science) from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, graduating with a 4.0 average.
I will be the first to admit that I have led an interesting life. I have climbed Mt. Fuji, in Japan, at night so I could see the sunrise at the top of the mountain. While stationed at Brooks AFB, here in San Antonio, I represented Brooks during Fiesta activities as a Miss Brooks Princess. While stationed at Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, I worked with Air Force, Navy and Marine pilots who flew MiG aircraft and spent a weekend at the real Top Gun facility and met Navy pilots who flew planes in the movie. As Chief of Protocol in Guam, I was there to meet and greet dignitaries ranging from Secretary of State Warren Christopher to Senators to the President of Argentina. I had the chance to do the Christmas White House tour during President Bush’s second term in office. I have visited Hong Kong, Hawaii, the Philippines, South Korea, England, Scotland, and Ireland.