Tinna Mills (Pendell)

Tinna began her career as a librarian in Mt Pleasant, not far from Alma College.  Being nearby has made it easy for us to stay in touch with Tinna and keep up with her life and career.  We are glad that working at Alma College Library helped start her on what we hope to be a very successful career path.

My hometown when I was a student was

Edmore, MI

I graduated in


I studied

Major(s): English

Minor(s): History & Secondary Education

I currently live in

Shepherd, MI

I am now

Teen Services Librarian for the Chippewa River District Library System.

Since graduating from Alma

Immediately following my student teaching experience, I landed my current job working for  the Chippewa River District Library System, specializing in teen services. While I do conduct storytime and other events for younger children, I primarily work with teenagers. In May 2012 I received my Masters in Library & Information Science from Wayne State University, making me an official librarian. While I purchase all of the materials for teens, I also function as their advocate, empowering them to learn important leadership skills by volunteering to lead both younger children & their peers. I love how my position at the library helps to create a sense of belonging within the community for adolescents and helps them to gain important skills for the future. Also, the events that we plan are a lot of fun! My job is not all that different from being a secondary teacher, except that I don’t have to take home grading or lesson planning work. Instead, I get to spend more of my free time choosing good books to read. I currently reside in Shepherd, Michigan with my husband, our daughter and one very fluffy cat.

My Alma education

It was actually my Alma College student-teaching advisor who located the job that I have held since only 6 months after I graduated. She circled an ad in the newspaper and wrote me a note that said “This one is for you!” The support that I received from Alma College staff during every step of my education has made a huge difference in my life. At Alma, you are not just a face in a crowd and the difference shows!

My favorite place(s) on campus included

I lived off campus, so I was always looking for places to hang out and study. I spent a lot of time at Scotties, the library (of course!) and Newbery dorm (where my best friend lived).

My favorite professors(s) included

It’s hard to decide! In the English department I would choose Carol Bender, John Ottenhoff, & Laura von Wallmenich. In the Education department my favorite was definitely Mark Seals. Dr. Seals teaches by providing a living example of what it means to support & empower young people, which has greatly inspired me in my work as an advocate for teens.

My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is

My most vivid memories of Alma revolve not around classrooms but around the friendships I made during my time at Alma that are still very much a part of my everyday life. Once a Scot, always a Scot!

My off-campus study experience(s) included

I attended a spring term entitled ‘Shakespeare in London’ in May 2002 with Dr. Ottenhoff. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I will never forget. We visited London, Stratford & Ireland. Even though it was May, we landed in Dublin during their celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, where we got to experience a large fireworks display as well as a celebratory parade.