Last year was my nineteenth year as a teacher-librarian... and it was almost my last!!!! Like many of my colleagues in education, my job was almost chopped due to state budget cuts. I was saved because my community chose to step up and help fund some of the more "expendable" positions like music teachers and librarians. Whoa... HUGE REALITY CHECK!!!! I'm so glad to be doing what I'm doing and my major goal is to continue helping my teachers create information rich lessons for their curriculum that also allow students an opportunity to think critically about information sources. Along the way, I keep on hoping that I'll make it easier to teachers to learn new technology without feeling overwhelmed by their workload. What I'm hoping to share via TPT are great lessons that help students think about the role of information in their lives and help them to enjoy great literature. And if I lose my job next year as a librarian, then at least I've sent out some strong lessons about information to the ether. And maybe eventually I'll be able to fund the wine budget?
I'll be honest: Most of my teaching has to pack a punch within TEN MINUTES so that's what most of my lessons look like. HIGH IMPACT in the first TEN MINUTES. Independent learning follows. My students have come up to the library to do research and my goal is to influence them with a brief lesson that creates some change in their brain. I also do great trade in parent-led literature discussion groups since I am in a location that has amazing parent support.
I write the "Electronic Eye" Column for VOYA -- Voice of Youth Advocates and write book reviews for School Library Journal. I have presented at several conferences and conventions including WLMA (Washington Library Media Association).
BS in Education, Ball State University MLS, Rutgers University.
I really have the best job in the Pacific Northwest!!! I love what I do and who I work with! LONG MAY IT LAST! And if it doesn't, I'll have gone out doing what I LOVE!