Biography

“She is too fond of books, and it has addled her brain."  - Louisa May Alcott

I have always loved to read and have a passion for learning and sharing knowledge with others to enable them to successfully achieve their goals. So it was only natural that I would become both a teacher and librarian!

I have worked with all grade levels, first as a classroom teacher at the elementary level and then as library media specialist for both middle and high school. I hold two Master’s Degrees in Education, the first in Teaching, Learning, and Technology and the second in School Librarianship. Throughout my 20 years as an educator I have actively worked to integrate technology into the curriculum and train others to do likewise.  I greatly enjoy the challenge presented by exploring how new and innovative technologies can be integrated into the educational program to increase student achievement.

From 2006-2014 I worked with the Golden Valley Unified School District (GVUSD) as a coordinator of library media. For the first six years I worked primarily as Library Media Specialist at Liberty High School.  During that time I collaborated extensively with the faculty to plan, teach, and assess cross-curricular research units for grade levels 9-12. These units incorporated state content standards and information literacy and technology standards to equip students to enter college and the workforce with 21st century skills. As students progressed though these units, their achievement consistently improved.  In 2008, the tenth grade English and World History cross-curricular unit received the California School Library Association’s Good Ideas! Award.  As a result of these successes, LHS was asked to present these units as a model program at a variety of conferences and workshops throughout California.   

As program administrator of the Liberty High School Library, I regularly trained and supervised student library aides, advised a student book club and Battle of the Books teams, administered promotional programs at the site level and in conjunction with the local public branch library, and conducted many fundraisers and submitted and received several grants.  In addition to my duties as LHS Library Media Specialist, I served as Independent Study Coordinator, WASC Self-Study Coordinator, and member of the School Site Council, Leadership Team, and Golden Valley Teacher’s Association Negotiating Team.

Though I was based primarily at Liberty High School, I also functioned as district librarian to the other school sites in GVUSD. I planned and opened the new Ranchos Middle School Library, trained and advised the library technicians at each of the district’s school sites, developed library and technology policies and job descriptions, supervised the cataloging of library and instructional materials, and administered the Destiny automated library/textbook management system for the entire district. I worked directly with GVUSD administration in the selection, purchase, and distribution of curriculum and instructional technology and served as the chair of the GVUSD Technology Committee and liaison to Educational Resource Services at Madera County Office of Education.

In 2012 my position was revised into an administrative position, combining the aforementioned tasks with the addition of formerly becoming the district’s technology coordinator. With this new role, I took on the responsibilities of managing the district’s technology staff, coordinating network operations and end-user support, administering the district’s website/learning management system, providing professional development, and planning and budgeting for district technology needs including the new technology requirements for Smarter Balanced testing.  Additionally, 

I coordinated the implementation of a “Bring Your Own Device” policy for grades 7-12, digital citizenship curriculum for grades K-12, and a 1:1 tablet program at Liberty High School.

In 2005, I received the Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education from the Los Angeles City Teachers’ Mathematics Association and in 2010 I was honored to be selected as one of five “New Leaders” by Cengage and School Library Journal.  I have also served as President of the Northern Section of the California School Library Association and reviewer/writer for Library Media Connection

In August 2014 I began working as an Assistant Professor of Education at Fresno Pacific University, serving as Program Director of the Teacher Librarian Services graduate program and teaching in the Master of Arts in Educational Technology program.  I greatly enjoy having the opportunity to train teachers to become school librarians, which in my opinion is the best job in education!    

In 2018 I completed a Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  My dissertation is entitled A Collective Case Study to Examine Administrators' Instructional Leadership Perspective of the Role of Instructional Coaches and Teacher Librarians in California Public SchoolsMy continued research interests include the instructional leadership role of the teacher librarian, media & digital literacy, and online learning.

When I'm not working, I enjoy reading, music, traveling, hiking and bicycling the great outdoors.  

 

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