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Teacher Librarian - Award Winner - Presenter

Work experience

Sep 2018Present

Instructor 

International Society Of Tech Educators (ISTE)
  • Facilitator of Exploring Future Ready Librarianship: Practice For Emerging Leaders ISTE U online course. 
  • Though Exploring Future Ready Librarianship: Practices for the Emerging Leader, students reflect on current librarian and media specialist practice; identify areas for professional inquiry and growth; explore the Future Ready Librarians™ framework; and create and implement a personal action plan to lead from the library
Sep 2015Present

Teacher Librarian

Somerville Middle School
  • Manages a library serving an ethnically, economically and socially diverse population of over 300 students and 40 teachers and staff members
  • Built and maintains a  school library web-portal and professional development sites
  • Works with teachers to provide technology and research lessons to support classroom studies across all areas of study
  • Created a Makerspace which serves all the students in the school
  • Creates an open and inviting environment conducive to effective learning and collaboration
  • Trained teachers and staff how to implement a variety of technological tools in support of the curriculum
  • Wrote and received numerous grants for the library including a $5000 James Patterson/ Scholastic Grant.  
May 2014Aug 2015

Coordinating Supervisor of Educational Technology and 6-12 STEAM      

Parsippany-Troy Hills School District
  • Supervisor to K-12 librarians, middle school computer and multi-media teachers and TV production teachers for the district
  • Point person for 6-12 STEAM implementation for the district
  • Coordinated and developed the district's technology plan
  • Designed  professional development plan for the district
  • Trained teachers on effective use of technology in the classroom
  • Worked with teachers to develop and write curriculum for computer, library and STEAM classes
  • Created district's course selection iBook 
  • Transformed  curriculum writing process through implementation of Google Apps
  • Created Makerspaces in each of the district's 14 school libraries
  • Managed a budget of over a quarter of a million dollars 
Sep 2011May 2014

Teacher Librarian  

South Orange Middle School
  • Managed a library serving an ethnically, economically and socially diverse population over 700 students and 80 teachers and staff members
  • Built and maintained school library web portal and professional development sites
  • Worked with teachers to provide technology and research lessons to support classroom studies across all areas of study
  • Created and sustained  an open and inviting environment conducive to effective learning and collaboration
  • Coordinated SOMS book club, Minecraft club, Sphero club, parent volunteers and after-school student helpers
  • First to conceive of and implement an e-reader based lending library in district which now includes 34 Nook devices loaded with over 100 titles
  • First in the district to bring augmented reality to the schools and to use AR with students
  • Piloted one-on-one computing 
  • Trained teachers and staff on how toinfuse  a variety of technological tools into the curriculum
  • Supervised and trained numerous student teachers 
Sep 2005Jun 2011

Teacher Librarian

Columbia High School
  • One of three Library Media Specialists to work with an ethnically, economically and socially diverse student population of over 1,800
  • Worked with teachers to provide lessons to support classroom studies
  • Fostered work-study and parent volunteer programs
Sep 2001Jun 2003

Teacher Librarian

Highland Park Middle/High School
  • Managed library serving grades 6 - 12
  • Worked with Child Study Team to create a library based work-study program specifically targeting students with special needs
  • Worked with teachers to provide lessons supporting classroom studies
Sep 2000Jun 2001

Special Education Teacher

Washington Academy
  • Taught U.S. history to severely emotionally disturbed and mentally handicapped children between the ages of 8 and 18
  • Small group instructor for reading, writing, and spelling
  • Designed and implemented lesson plans for the Wilson reading and spelling program
  • Designed and implemented lesson plans for SRA reading program
Sep 1998Jun 2000

Social Studies Teacher

West Orange High School
  • Teacher of world history and United States history
  • Designed and implemented lesson plans and activities within the framework of the established curricula for world and U.S. history
  • Assessed students progress through written, oral, individual and group projects

Education

2013

Education Supervisory Certification Program

Seton Hall University
2002

Master of Arts, Education/Library Science      

Seton Hall University
1998

Bachelor of Science, History and Secondary Education        

Seton Hall University

Professional Affiliations & Committees 

  • Past President ISTE Librarians Network (ISTE)
  • Chairperson Future Ready Librarians Task Force, Future Ready NJ 
  • Future Ready Task Force,  Future Ready New Jersey
  • Digital Citizenship Collaborative Work Group, Department of Education, NJ
  • Social Media Awards Committee Member, American Library Association (ALA)
  • Past - Professional Development Chairman, ISTE Librarians Network
  • Member, New Jersey Association of Educational Technologists (NJAE)
  • District Technology Committee
  • District Professional Development Committee  
  • School based Literacy Leadership Committee 
  • Edmodo Certified Trainer
  • Edmodo Support Ambassador
  • GlogsterEDU Ambassador  
  • Google Certified Educator
  • Quiver Ambassador
  • Raspberry Pi Certified Educator
  • Common Sense Media Educator

Awards

  • 2018 American Association of School Librarians Social Justice Defender Finalist
  • 2016 PBS Learning Media Local Digital Innovator 
  • 2014 Bammy Award Winner - School Librarian Category 
  • 2014 Edublog Finalist for Best Open PD, Unconferences, or Webinar Series
  • Featured in an 2014 PBS Documentary on Technology in the Classroom - School Sleuth The Case of the Wired Classroom
  • 2013 New Jersey Association of School Librarians Jean Harris Progressive School Library Program of the Year Recipient 
  • 2013 ISTE Make IT Happen Award 
  • 2013 Edublog Best of the Web Winner - Best Use of Video and Media &  Finalist for Best Podcast or Hangout

Professional Development Presentations

Augmented Reality in the Classroom 
ISTE - June 2013
Tech Speed Dating - January 2014
Edcamp NJ - November 2013
WETech - March 2014
NJECC - March 2014, January 2015
ISTE - June 2014
ISTE Librarians Network Webinar - May 2015
Student Data & Achievement Summit - May 2015
ISTE - June 2015
ISTE - June 2016
Tennessee Library Associations Conference - November 2016

Being a Librarian in The Age of Alternative Facts
NJECC - January 2018
Keynote Address Arkansas Association of Instructional Media - April 2018
NJASL - December 2018

Branding Your School and Library
NJECC - February 2014
ISTE - June 2014
Keynote Address - October 2014
Hunterdon County Library Association - February 2016

Breaking down the classroom walls with Google Hangout
Edcamp Philly - May 2013
Teach Meet NJ - August 2013
Edscape - October 2013
NJAET - October 2013, October 2014
NJEA - November 2014
NJECC - January 2015

Creating and Using QR Codes in Schools and Libraries
NJASL Conference – December 2011 & 2012
4T Virtual Conference – May 2012
Teach Meet NJ – August 2012 
NJAET – October 2012

Future Ready Librarians
ISTE - June  2017
NJECC - January 2017
TechSpo - January 2017 , January 2018
Nerdcamp - April 2018
NJASL - December 2018

Makerspaces and You Perfect Together
Nashville School Librarians - March 2016
Somerville Data Summit - May 2016
NJECC - January 2016

Marketing Your Library 
ISTE - June 2014
Library 2.0 Conference - October 2014
NJECC - January 2015
NJECC - January 2016
Hunterdon County Library Association - February 2016
Bergen County Library Association - May 2016

Taking a Deep Dive into the Future Ready Librarians Framework
Union Public School Librarians - December - January 2019
NJASL - December 2018
NJECC - January 2019

Using Edmodo in the Classroom
Edscape – October 2012
NJASL Conference – December 2012
NJASA Techspo – January 2013
NJASA Spring Conference - May 2013
Edmodocon - August 2013
NJEA - November 201, November 2014
NJECC - January 2014
WETech - March 2014
NJECC - March 2014

Using Livebinders and Evernote in the Classroom
Edscape – October 2012
Edcamp NJ – December 2012
Reader and Writer’s Workshop (Columbia University Teachers’ College) – February 2013
WeTech - March 2013
NJASA Spring Conference - May 2013
4T Virtual Conference - May 2013

Using Twitter and Pinterest to Create a PLN
NJASL Conference – December 2012
NJASA Techspo – January 2013
KNAPP Elementary– February 2013
WeTech – March 2013
2013 School Leadership Summit– March 2013
Guest Lecturer Stockton College – March 2013
4T Virtual Conference - May 2013
NJEA - November 2013

 Publications

Social Media Contributions

Interviews

Media Mentions