Enthusiastic leader with superior technology skills in working in both team-based and independent capacities. Bringing a strong work ethic and excellent organizational skills to any setting. Excited to begin a new challenge with a successful, established team, bridging the gap between electronic resources and virtual learning. Streamlining resources to build a strong foundation for teaching and learning.
As lead librarian, I have made Library Services more visible by sending out district newsletters, highlighting campus activities and lessons, and highlighting contributions via social media. I brought Smore to our district so that other librarians could share their library stories in a creative and informative manner with our JISD community. To highlight the importance of libraries and equality throughout the libraries within our district, I created the Friends of JISD Libraries. Before the pandemic, we had booked two authors, in collaboration with the Converse Public Library and the Universal City Public Library, for summer programming.
Sora was added to our district's digital resources, and we partnered with the San Antonio Public Library to expand the number of ebooks and audiobooks that our students and teachers have access to, even those who do not reside in Bexar County.
During distance learning, I created the first resource list for parents and had librarians provide resources and password access to teachers, parents, and students. I also led the JISD librarians in creating Sora and TexQuest Resources commercials, the "Pass the Book" video, and the Activity Guide.
Additionally, I am a member of JLEAP, the Judson Leadership in Educational Administration Program. The team successfully lead a June 8th "Kickoff to Summer" Food Drive.
I also participate in Cave Bexar, the group of library leaders from the San Antonio area. As a group, we visit libraries throughout the city, school libraries, public libraries, college libraries, partnership libraries, and we learn about initiatives in other areas that can be implemented in school library programs to create stronger students who are more prepared for their next educational step.
In November, I will begin a new adventure as a TALL Texan, a leadership program with the Texas Library Association.
Outside of work, I am on Jose Macias' advisory committee for the Alamo College District 2 Board.
As the first librarian at Veterans Memorial High School, I taught both teachers and students how to enhance their curriculum and to use the TexQuest Resources for research purposes. I also gave professional development on Discovery Education and Board Builder. I was the webmaster from 2016-2020, and I am the social media manager for the school. As an alternative to overdue fines, the Bookworm Beanery Cafe was opened this past school year in the library to create another gathering place for students and advertise the library as a place for socializing as well as a school resource. I brought the Read Woke reading program to VMHS to increase the diverse titles offered, to build empathy for people that are different from themselves, and to find themselves in literature. The other secondary librarians wanted to participate in Read Woke as well; therefore the Read Woke Reading Challenge is now offered at all of our secondary campuses. Author Adib Khorram visited JISD in September of 2019 as the first Read Woke author. The San Antonio Poet Laureate, Andrea Sanderson, visited our students virtually in April 2020.
With the beginning of "Return to Learn" in JISD, I trained teachers from all over the district on Nearpod in the Virtual Summer Technology Conference. When teachers returned to campus for professional preparation for the virtual learning experience, I trained the campus teachers on our new Learning Management System, Canvas.
As the librarian at Dellview Elementary, I taught research and digital citizenship to the students, using our digital resources. Students in all grades, including Kindergarten, worked on a research project and created a final product. Dellview was consistently among the top ten in Sora checkouts, and often the only Title 1 campus on the list. I also sponsored many clubs during my time at Dellview including book club, storytellers club, dance club, and coding club. I was also the National Elementary Honor Society Sponsor. I was the Campus Technology Curriculum Coordinator and the Webpage Coordinator. I taught summer school each year as well.
As an English teacher, I enjoyed using music to teach students about plot structure and poetry. I also used picture books to teach literary techniques like imagery, alliteration, allegory, personification, and more. My last two years, I taught an innovative reading course, Xtreme Reading, developed by The University of Kansas, that targeted incoming freshmen students reading below grade level. As a cheer and dance team coach, I was able to take students to many competitions, attend all football games and other athletic events, and we were responsible for weekly pep rallies. After my time as cheer and dance team director, I was the sponsor for the National Honor Society.
School Librarian (EC-12) 11/30/2022
Secondary English (6-12) Life
Spirit of Judson Award, 2020
Member, Texas Library Association (2007-present)
Chair-Elect, TLA District 10 (2020-2021)
TALL Texan, Class of 2021
Alamo College Board, District 2 Advisory Committee
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