After graduating with my master's degree in library science, I worked as a high school media specialist in Ohio for three years. Though the work was fun and caused me to grow professionally, I realized that my true love was elementary education. So, I made the switch to become an elementary media specialist and haven't looked back! Since 2004, I have worked as a media specialist for students in grades preK-5 in Kentucky and Maryland.
I believe that the library media center should be both a center of learning and fun for students. So, I strive to incorporate movement activities, review games and students' interests into the school curriculum and children's literature. To me, it is important to integrate library skills into the existing school curriculum to show students how to become lifelong learners.
*presented at AASL 2007 Conference in Reno *author of the book Liven Up Your Library! (published by Upstart Books in 2009) *presented at AASL 2009 Conference in Charlotte *author of Three New "Rs" for Kids: Rest, Renew, Recharge (published in online edition of LibrarySparks in 2013) *nominated for Teacher of the Year for Frederick County Public Schools (2013) *presented at Common Ground 2013 Conference in Baltimore *Frederick County Public Schools 2014 Teacher of the Year Quarter Finalist
*iTunes U Course Manager training (2015) *National Board Certification in Library Media K-12 (certified in 2008) *Master of Library and Information Science from Kent State University in 2001 *Bachelor of Science in Library Media from Murray State University in 2000
I love to incorporate games and movement into my lesson, units and activities in the library media center. By engaging students in this manner, I hope that they retain the learned information longer and have an increased motivation to enjoy reading!