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Summary

Using information to teach and learn is my business.  It is what I do best.  In the course of my professional life, I have taught children how to use information to find things or to learn things; I have used information to help adults learn how to best reach children who are learning and researching; and I have used information for myself to learn how to create a niche business in the world of travel.  I want to continue using my education and skills to expand the exchange of information and learning within my community. 

Work History

November 2014Present

Owner and Travel Planner

Let's Go On Vacay , LLC

We live in an information rich society and sometimes travel choices can be overwhelming. With a Master's degree in Library and Information Science, I am the perfect choice to help clients navigate all of that information.  My degrees provide me with all the tools and training needed to help clients research, find, and make choices that are best suited for their personal traveling styles and budgets. I use the information I find to help my clients take regular events and put them together with destinations around the world to turn them into something really special...Cruise ship family reunions, Cancun corporate retreats...the possibilities are endless! 

I've had an amazing 18 months in travel.  As of June 2016, I beat my entire 2015 yearly sales. My monthly sales have been consistently been double and triple of each month over 2015, and I am on track to more than double 2015 total numbers.  I specialize in family and group travel to theme park, Caribbean, and cruise ship destinations.   

October 2016Present

Adjunct Instructor

TARRANT COUNTY COLLEGE

I love teaching.  Teaching adults has added a new depth to my skills as an educator.  At Tarrant County College, I teach students who need help with increasing reading and writing skills to be successful in the higher education environment.  I use previous assessment data and target areas, such as implied main ideas or complex sentence structures, and zero in on those concepts to fill in any gaps in learning these students may have. I guide them in note taking, skimming and scanning text for important information, formal writing formats, and many other skills they may need as they continue college experience.  This position has been very rewarding for me both personally and professionally.  This is a part time position.

July 2015present

Independent Educational Consultant/ Cadre Member

myON

I use my past experiences as a librarian and teacher combined with deep knowledge of the myON Digital Literacy Services to train and empower other teachers, librarians, school interventionists, and administrators on how to successfully implement and best utilize the services offered by myON for individual classrooms, campuses, and school districts.  I help them learn to effectively and efficiently navigate the myON system, design original standards based projects and integrate those into existing curriculum, and understand how and where myON fits best into their own educational equations.  This is a contract position.  

August 2007June 2015

Elementary School Librarian 

Roberta Tipps Elementary School- Mansfield ISD

Telling stories to kids was one of my favorites parts of being the librarian at Roberta Tipps Elementary.  I loved nothing more than seeing an entire class get drawn in by a really good story.  I loved matching students with books- especially the ones who didn't think they liked to read.  I taught and designed hands on, interactive lessons, had a makerspace, and even encouraged students to play old fashioned board games and puzzles in their free time in the library to help encourage strategic and critical thinking.  I very much enjoyed going into classrooms and collaborating with teachers to show children how to use information to solve problems and to learn new things.  I spent a lot of time on my campus finding ways to make the library even more relevant to my stakeholders by providing more services at the point of need- things like digital services, digital devices and   device management, and digitization of the literacy library run by our reading specialist.  

August 2005August 2007

Third Grade Teacher

Janet Brockett Elementary- Mansfield ISD

Third grade was my favorite grade to teach.  This is the grade where students start to make the switch from learning to read to reading to learn, and I loved seeing that light bulb pop on.  I liked to share novels with my students, work in large and small groups (or one on one if needed), and teach lessons in ways that were relevant to my students.  We had fun and laughed and got serious when we needed to.  I used literature in science and social studies when I could and went hands on in math as often as possible to help those concrete thinkers. I had gifted students, special education students, and everyone in between. Being a classroom teacher is a great balancing act of specialization, accommodation, and differentiation, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

      

Education

20072011

Master's of Library and Information Science

University of North Texas
20022005

Master's of Educational Foundations

Texas Christian University
19971999

Bachelor's of Art in Journalism

University of Texas at Arlington

Certifications

Texas Educator Certifications (State Board of Educator Certification)

  • School Librarian (EC-12)- valid through 6/30/19
  • Classroom Teacher (Grades 1-6)- valid through 6/30/19
  • Classroom Teacher English as a Second Language (Grades 1-6)- valid through 6/30/19

Graduate Academic Certificate (University of North Texas)

  • Youth Librarianship
  • Storytelling

Skills

Computer/ Internet/ MS Office

I've been to graduate school twice and I run an online small business!   I can use a computer and navigate MS Word and Excel at an advanced level.  

Social Media

I use social media (Facebook and Twitter) to promote my small business.  I used Twitter as an educator for professional development and parent involvement purposes.  I blog for fun!

Web Design

I've dipped my toes in this area!  I've designed my own websites for my travel business.  I keep these updated for content and have started using different apps and avenues for marketing and drawing in leads and targeted audiences.

References

Upon request