Raised on the Peninsula, Ms. Sarconi received a B.A. from U.C. Santa Cruz in French and Italian. After graduation, she went to Taiwan with the Volunteers in Asia program, where she taught English at the YMCA. Enjoying Taipei too much to leave, Ms. Sarconi decided to stay on at the end of the year to continue studying Mandarin. She later returned to the U.S. to get her M.A. from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in International Policy Studies and Mandarin. Following graduation, Ms. Sarconi moved back to Taipei to first work as a Program Manager at The Asia Foundation’s Taipei office and later as a policy analyst at the American Institute in Taiwan.
Always passionate about reading and a library lover from a young age, Ms. Sarconi decided to pursue her Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University in 2004. Prior to joining Notre Dame in 2008, she was the Librarian at Sandpiper Elementary School and Ralston Middle School.
Ms. Sarconi teaches the American Culture and Contemporary Issues course to incoming international students. The course aims to assist international students with their transition to American culture. She is the moderator for the Chinese Knot Club, the Library Advisory Committee, and the Badminton Club.
Ms. Sarconi loves Notre Dame’s commitment to teaching social justice, to embracing diversity, and to instilling in its students the importance of community service.