Mrs. Sobel wishes she could speed read

   “If you love what you’re doing,” he said, “You’ll never work a day in your life.”


Samantha Frankel

Mrs. Sobel enjoys helping kids find the love of reading

Mrs. Sobel wishes she could have the superpower of speed reading. That way, she could enjoy even more novels than the hundreds she has devoured.

But managing the chaos that is the media center may require another superpower. Between the reams of papers being printed, classes rotating in and out, hundreds of kids eating during lunch, Sobel has managed the hectic job of coordinating the media center since December 2010 through passion for reading and assisting others.

Prior to joining the Eastern community, Sobel has always been a local, growing up in Haddonfield. Sobel graduated from Arcadia University with a BA in ancient history and certification to teach grades seven through twelve, obtained a masters degree in science from Drexel University, worked as a medical librarian for twenty years, and worked at Triton Regional High School for seven and a half years as well.

With a close-knit family who loves to travel, she makes sure to always brings her A-game anywhere she goes. Sobel’s neatly organized media center makes sense considering she was a professional organizer for eight years.

While a love for reading is not something that comes naturally or early in life for many, Sobel grew up going to the library with her father every Sunday afternoon. Her father set a prime example of the archetypal reader.

“If you love what you’re doing,” he said, “You’ll never work a day in your life.”

That axiom describes how Sobel developed a love for the library. She loves the atmosphere, and wanted to pursue that.

SInce arriving at Eastern in , after nine years of working at Eastern and spending nearly her whole life with books, Sobel still loves her job.

“I never know who’s gonna walk through the door,” she said, “and I get the privilege of interacting with different departments, teachers, grades, types of students, you name it. I feel like I have the best job in the building.”