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Wenndy PrayWenndy Pray
Librarian, B. L. Gray Jr. High School, Mission, TX

Professional experience
I've been an educator in the Rio Grande Valley since 2008. I taught English at Vernon Middle School in Harlingen CISD and at Harwell Middle School in Edinburg CISD until 2012. I then taught different English, reading intervention, and college transition classes at Sharyland High School in Sharyland ISD. This is where my high school librarians planted the seed to pursue a graduate degree in library science. I did and became a librarian at B.L. Gray Jr. High School in 2016. It is the best thing I've done to date.

Innovative library practices
I recently attended the TCEA Conference and was riveted by the idea of tech-integrated book clubs. I learned that through SAMR, a model used to help teachers integrate technology in their classrooms in a more rigorous and relevant way, librarians could take book clubs to the next level. Librarians could integrate G Suite tools like Google Classroom, Hangouts, Forms, Docs, Slides, and Sites to engage students to take a book study out of the school and into the community and world. It's something I can't wait to try.

Favorite book or literary character 
I've got so many favorites! My current favorite book is Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero.

Most memorable TLA experience
I was honored to be invited to the TALL Texans social by my mentor librarian, a 2005 alumnus. Not only was I honored to be among such wonderful people, but I was also encouraged to pursue attending this life-changing conference. I look forward to applying in two more years.

Created on May 31, 2016 | Last updated April 17, 2018