I can bestow no better gift than reaching out to each student, striving to find the best in each, even when some see little hope, and helping them find their way.
I live in rural Missouri, southwest of St. Louis. It is small town USA where the kids can’t believe their teacher is in the local Wal-Mart store. We have typical Missouri weather, never the same two days in a row and can change hourly. We enjoy the 4 seasons and there are times that we do pray for a snowday. Living in the country on a farm and in a farming community is wonderful.
My work environment is a mid-sized elementary school where things are always hoppin'. I am trying to make the library the hub of our building by creating a comfortable inviting place that both students and staff like to be. As Library/Media Specialist that environment includes text and technology and balancing both can sometimes be a bit of a tightrope walk but seems to working well.
|My Roles and Responsibilities|
As Library Media Specialist I try to keep our shelves straight and books repaired. I try to make a big deal of books students like to read and we keep a waiting list at the computer. The students know they need to keep their books turned in to get a special delivery of a book they want. If they have an overdue book the next fellow on the waiting list gets the book.
I try to prepare lesson to help the children learn the library and use it as a resource while at the same time keep it the homey central location of our school.
I help teachers find books to enhance their lessons, I try to keep the guided reading book library together and updated.
In the technology end I do trainings, set up programs, help solve difficulties such as Smartboards that don’t work or DVDs that won’t play.
I am also currently the District Mentor and work with a variety of new and experienced teachers helping them to find the success they are striving for in their career.