Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education student
  • Anticipate my dissertation will focus on makerspaces in libraries
  • Expected graduation:  Summer 2018

University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

  • Master of Arts in Information Science and Learning Technology, with an Emphasis in Library Science
  • School Teacher-Librarian (K-12) endorsement

Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa

  • Reading endorsements, both K-8 and 5-12

University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa

  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Graduated magna cum laude in December 2009
  • Social Studies (K – 8) endorsement
  • Coursework taken toward a School Teacher-Librarian endorsement

University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

  • Talented and Gifted (K – 12) endorsement

Professional experience

K-12 Teacher Librarian/Technology Integrationist, Manson Northwest Webster Schools

Manson and Barnum, Iowa, July 2011 – present

District-wide –

    • Serve as school leader in information literacy and educational technology
    • Completely rewrite the school website to new platform (live January 2017)
    • Provide periodic professional development for faculty, in both formal and informal settings
    • Through conscientious collection development and weeding, improved age of the collection by ten years at elementary and eleven years at high school in one year
    • Encourage intellectual freedom and the right to read at all levels
    • Implemented changes to library space at both buildings to create Learning Commons environment
    • Serve on District Technology Committee

At the secondary school –

    • Work with junior and senior high classes as requested in research or information literacy skills
    • Teach a high school course, Personal Learning – Genius Hour – in which students work on a project of their own making
    • Teach a high school course, Virtual Reality, in which students create virtual environments in the open source 3D modeling program, Blender
    • Teach a high school course, Genre Reading, in which students  read books of different genres, doing projects on each
    • Serve as international student coordinator, working closely with families and administration to bring foreign exchange students to our community, and supporting the international students when they get here
    • Facilitated distance learning Mandarin Chinese instruction for high school students
    • Served as AP site coordinator, serving as the liaison for high school students taking online AP courses
    • Spearheaded and wrote a winning $1,500 technology grant with a high school English teacher to create a digital production lab
    • Spearheaded and co-wrote a winning $3,000 technology grant for junior and senior high students to study the Manson Impact Crater using GIS technology

At the elementary school –

    • Planned and created a Makerspace at the elementary school
    • Innovate programs to foster love of literacy and learning such as Reading Bingo, Read Around the World, Book Lovers’ Club, Junior Librarians Club, Gaming Club, and Technology Club
    • Wrote a winning $2,500 technology grant to create the elementary Makerspace
    • Lead in the implementation of myOn, a digital literacy program for K-6 students
    • Teach all K-6 students classes in technology and library skills
    • Implemented an early childhood program, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, the first of its kind in the state
    • Conduct readers advisory with students to support our Daily 5 literacy program
    • Lead in schoolwide literacy activities such as Literacy Night, author visits, and book fairs
    • Lead in other school initiatives such as Spring STEM Night, Anti-Bullying Assembly, and Friendship Week
    • Ushered in Google implementation at elementary level

Substitute Teacher, Various schools, January 2010 – May 2011

  • Hands-on experience with small and large classes and within various age groups,
  • education and grade level, in both rural and urban school districts
  • Teach from plans prepared by teacher, or at times, quickly create my own lessons when
  • plans are not prepared in advance, keeping in mind abilities and standards for
  • given age group

Library Assistant, Sioux City Public Library, Sioux City, Iowa, October 2010 – March 2011

  • Planned and conducted story times for preschool children in the library and off-site
  • Conducted readers’ advisory with patrons
  • Assisted patrons with electronic resources
  • Staffed the Youth Services desk

Conference presentations

  • I’m a Maker, He’s a Maker, She’s a Maker: Wouldn’t You Like to Be a Maker, Too?  ITEC Conference, Des Moines, Iowa, October 2016.
  • MNW’s Maker Moment.  TICL Conference, Storm Lake, Iowa, June 2016.
  • Build your own Makerspace:  The next great library adventure.  Iowa Association of School Librarians Sixth Annual Conference, Des Moines, Iowa, April 2015.
  • BAM! Kicking butt and taking names: Effectively advocate for your library/profession with elected stakeholders.  Iowa Association of School Librarians Sixth Annual Conference, Des Moines, Iowa, April 2015.
  • Show your stuff with digital badges.  ITEC Conference, Des Moines, Iowa, October 2014.
  • Tuned in: Video production. Iowa Association of School Librarians Fifth Annual Conference, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, April 2014.
  • “Hey, you! Get off of my cloud!”: Getting comfortable online by getting out of your comfort zone. Iowa Association of School Librarians Fourth Annual Conference. Cedar Rapids, Iowa. April 2013.
  • Craters, collaboration, and technology: Oh my! Iowa 1:1 Institute Annual Conference. Des Moines, Iowa. April 2013.
  • Limitless learning: Combining 21st century skills, digital citizenship, and student interests into an independent study high school class. Technology Integration and Instruction for the 21st Century Learner 2012.  Storm Lake, Iowa. June 2012.
  • Gosh! You could have told me that!: Lessons for a first-year teacher-librarian from Napoleon Dynamite. Iowa Association of School Librarians Third Annual Conference. Des Moines, Iowa. April 2012.

Professional development

  • K-5 workshop, Storm Lake, Iowa, 2015
  • School Library Journal Leadership Summit, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2014
  • IASL/AASL Leadership Academy, Coralville, Iowa, 2013
  • ISTE Conference, San Antonio, Texas, 2013
  • AASL Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2011

Honors and memberships

  • Advocacy Chair, Iowa Association of School Librarians, 2015
  • Chairman, Government Affairs Committee, Iowa Library Association, 2015
  • Received the 2015 ITEC Grant to build makerspace in elementary school 
  • President of the Iowa Association of School Librarians, 2014
  • Member of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council for the North Central region
  • Member of the North Iowa Libraries Collaborating Board
  • Board Secretary of the Iowa Student Learning Institute
  • Graduated magna cum laude from UNI
  • Member of the American Library Association and American Association of School Librarians
  • Member of the Iowa Library Association and Iowa Association of School Librarians

Skills and certifications

  • Proficient in Google Docs, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Publisher
  • Web authoring experience using HTML and WYSIWYG sites like WordPress and Google Sites 
  • Experienced in both Windows and Apple operating systems
  • 100+ words per minute typing speed
  • High-risk behaviorsand substance abuse training
  • Mandatory child abuse reporter training
  • OSHA training

Professional interests

  • Makerspaces
  • Genius Hour
  • Video production with students
  • MOOCs
  • The right to read
  • Problem-based learning
  • Document-based questions
  • Early childhood literacy

Additional activities

  • Biking
  • Reading children’s novels
  • Weaving baskets
  • Cheesemaking

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