librarian to magical youth, reader of books for kids and grownups, long suffering rockets fan, family zookeeper. Views are my own.
In 2001, I graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in Deaf Education. Since then, I have taught in a wide variety of classrooms, serving students with many different needs, experiences, and abilities. After twenty years, I have discovered that I am happiest when I am sharing literature with children and when I am fostering independence and self confidence in young hearts.
My purpose as a school librarian is to be an instructional partner, to be an advocate, a collaborator, and a facilitator, to lead and to listen, to be relevant and innovative, curious and compassionate.
In order to effectively fill this role, I will consistently demonstrate respect and kindness. I will build genuine relationships with stakeholders. I will purpose to be approachable. I will embrace the responsibility of furthering my own professional development in order to provide current and relevant information, technology, and training for the teachers and students I serve.
It is vital that I honor my students’ intellectual freedom, their right to access necessary tools and texts. As a librarian, I have a world of information within my reach, and my job is to get that information to my students when and how they need it, and to guard against censorship through advocacy, communication, and responsible collection development.
By seeking to understand my students’ unique needs, interests, gifts, and challenges, I can I empower them to take responsibility for their own learning, to strive for their goals, and to follow where wonder leads them.
This ePortfolio began as an assignment in graduate school. Here, I collected and shared resources with my university program. I have reflected on my learning and noted new ideas, explored and questioned, and deepened my understanding of my field. Now, it is my hope that this space will continue to evolve as I continue to learn and grow alongside my students.