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Meg Kaster

University of Wisconsin Madison iSchool Graduate Student

Education

Aug 2016Present

Master's of Library Science

University of Wisconsin Madison iSchool

Madison, Wisconsin

  • Maintaining 4.0 GPA
  • Awarded Teaching Assistantship
  • Wrote grant application for Kemper Knapp Bequest
Aug 2009May 2013

Bachelor of Arts

College of Saint Benedict

St. Joseph, Minnesota

  • Majored in Communication Arts and Literature    
  • Minored in Education and Music
  • Magna Cum Laude graduate
  • Dean's List: 5 semesters
  • Earned the Presidential Scholarship
Jan 2012May 2012

Study Abroad 

College of Saint Benedict via University College Cork

Cork, Ireland 

  • Studied abroad in Cork, Ireland for one semester
  • Independently traveled Ireland and Europe
  • Explored Irish culture with international students and professors

Work History

Jan 2017Present

Artistic Workshop Intern

The Bubbler, Madison Public Library
  • Assist with weekly artistic workshops for youth from local group home
  • Mentor youth at the Dane County Juvenile Detention Center while creating art
  • Create marketing images and develop website content
  • Attend weekly planning meetings and record minutes
  • Improvise when juvenile detention center restricts ability to bring artistic tools 
Aug 2016Present

Teaching Assistant

University of Wisconsin Madison iSchool
  • Create lesson plans and lead 2 discussion sections of 18 students each
  • Grade writing assignments and major papers and presentations
  • Reply to student inquiries and host 6 office hours a week
  • Collaborate with 3 fellow Teaching Assistants at weekly staff meetings

 

 

 

Nov 2015Present

Library Page

Deerfield Public Library

Deerfield, Wisconsin

  • Connect patrons with materials that further their educational and literacy needs
  • Assist in the implementation of programs for toddlers and teens such as story time and guest author appearances
  • Write book reviews and create book trailers which are posted to the library's social media
  • Check in and out various materials
  • Greet patrons and facilitate their needs
Aug 2014May 2016

Secondary English Teacher

Deerfield High School

Deerfield, Wisconsin

  • Facilitated learning of ninth and tenth graders using culturally diverse resources
  • Incorporated contemporary novels and college level critical theory in an upper level elective
  • Adapted lessons to be taught online through Canvas, a learning management system
  • Utilized Chromebooks daily to incorporate student driven research and writing
  • Introduced critical theories such as Marxist, Formalist, Feminist, Psychoanalytical, and Postcolonial theories to analyze texts 
  • Facilitated discussion of plays such as A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet; incorporated a major research paper on A Raisin in the Sun
  • Developed units on novels including Room, The Girl with All the Gifts, Bel Canto, Speak, The Great Gatsby, Catcher in the Rye, and The Lord of the Flies
  • Cultivated open minded students through leadership of two new student clubs: the Gender Sexuality Alliance and Club Unify, a Special Olympics affiliated organization
Aug 2013Aug 2013

Secondary English Teacher

Red Rock Central

Lamberton, Minnesota

  • Facilitated learning of seventh, eighth, and ninth graders, including units on grammar, drama, poetry, speech, writing, and literature
  • Utilized students' Microsoft Surface tablets in lessons on a regular basis to enhance learning environment and student technological fluency
  • Directed exploration of dramas The Diary of Anne Frank, A Christmas Carol, and Romeo and Juliet through all-class oral reading, discussion, and final creative projects
  • Developed students' writing skills through daily writing, multiple essays, and a major research paper
  • Taught and facilitated discussion of the novels Divergent, Among the Hidden, and The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Developed students' understanding of poetry elements and genres through reading and writing forms, including musical connections
Aug 2010Jan 2012

Writing Center Tutor

College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University 

St. Joseph, Minnesota

  • Collaborated with student writers to enhance their writing and improve future writing skills
  • Assisted students of all levels including graduate students
  • Edited various styles of writing including MLA and APA format, research papers, lab reports, thesis essays, and graduate level papers
  • Scheduled 27 employees into small groups to lead sessions in 50 first year seminar classes on two campuses
  • Redesigned and organized Writing Center web page with the graphic user interface, Ingeniux