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Coordinator of Library & Media Services, Frisco ISD
I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University in 1995 and was an elementary teacher for four years before my kids were born, at which time I took a break from teaching to stay home with them. In 2005, I earned a Master of Library Science degree from Texas Woman’s University and accepted my first position as a school librarian with Prosper ISD where I was the District Librarian. During seven years in Prosper, I served at separate times as the librarian at the elementary, middle, and high school level and had the thrill of opening four new school libraries and renovating one. In 2012, I joined the library team in Frisco ISD as the librarian at Pioneer Heritage Middle School. There, I completed school administrator certification and became a National Board Certified Teacher in Library Media. In 2014, I became the Coordinator of Library and Media Services for Frisco ISD.
My involvement with TLA has been a huge part of my professional experience and growth. I have served and/or participated in the TALL Texan Leadership Institute (class of 2010); 2013 and 2017 Conference Program Committee; Chair-Elect, Chair and Past Chair of the TALL Texans Round Table; and, Chair for the TASL Administrator of the Year Award Committee.
Innovative library practices
Although I’m not terribly fond of the term “learning commons,” I like the idea behind it which evokes an image that the library is a space that is about not only books but also learning and coming together. The YOUMedia space at the Chicago Public Library is a perfect example of this (and also a good example of a makerspace). The focus of YOUMedia is on collaboration and innovation. Young adults are encouraged to “hang out, mess around, and geek out.”
Favorite literary character or book
The Giver by Lois Lowry is probably one of my most favorite books of all time. I first “read” it during an education class while at Texas A&M. I don’t remember what class it was (probably children’s or YA lit) but our professor would read to us the first 10-15 minutes of every class. The Giver was an instant favorite! I’ve read the other three companion books Lowry has written and loved every one of them. I refuse to see the movie version of The Giver as I would prefer those amazing characters stay in my imagination – right where they should be.
Most memorable TLA experience
There have been so many memorable experiences with TLA these past 11 years but probably my favorite was being part of the 2013 Conference Program committee and getting to be a part of planning that conference. It was so much fun to see the behind-the-scenes work that goes into putting on a huge state conference and getting to work with other librarians from across the state. The best part, however, had to be meeting James Patterson as he was the opening speaker that year.
Created on Oct 1, 2015 | Last updated November 30, 2015