With new paths to information leading in so many diverse directions, it's an exciting time to be a Library Media Specialist!
I've been privileged to work with the students, staff, and community of Lawrence Junior High School since 1980, We've traveled many roads together, from the first vcrs and computers to a digital television studio and access to the world through the Internet, one to one use with the laptops. And books! They're still good company on the journey through 7th and 8th grades and an important part of the Library Media Center - there will always be fiction titles that fly off the shelves. In my role of assisting students in finding and creating information, I have the good fortune to team-teach with all of the teachers across the curriculum in a flexibly scheduled partnership. Information skills are integrated into the students' coursework, and their teachers and I travel together with them toward mastery.
Co-curricular: I am the advisor for the Channel 3 News and the Lawrence High School fly fishing club co-advisor. I've served on the MLTI and District Technology Committees and advised the student staff of The Inkling, the school's literary magazine.
Past offerings include writing grants which supported student writing, a Visiting Writers series and Young Writers Conferences, a student group called The Story Club which explored literature both on the printed page and on site in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, another group which studied lighthouse keeper Abbie Burgess and followed her footsteps off shore. The Junior High Fly Fishing club met for several years, and may again, guided both by me and numerous volunteers who joined us weekly. For several years, as LJHS Drama Director, I worked with students to write, produce, and choreograph major school musicals. I am honored to have received four outstanding practices awards from the Maine Association of Middle Level Educators, the exemplary library award from the State Board of Education, and MSAD#49's Outstanding Educator award.
Background: Schools come in many sizes and shapes, and my schooling included quite a range of them. I began as the only student in my class in a one room rural Michigan K-8 school, then moved through a small high school to Michigan State University, 46,000 students strong. I graduated with high honors, holding teaching certification in English and Theater. My graduate work in Library Science was mostly at Western Michigan University. Since then, I've studied through the University of Maine system and completed several independent research projects.
Interests: My students will say that I'm very much interested in fly fishing, which is true but only part of the picture. I have a special love for the outdoors, and work hard to do my part to protect it through many local conservation efforts. I enjoy the creative process, and have published a dvd about making furled fishing leaders as well as four books and several magazine articles. In 2011, the American Museum of Fly Fishing included my work in the exhibit "A Graceful Rise", which honors fifty women from the history of the sport. Since my students are my first priority, I enjoy sharing with them the lessons I've learned about writing and publishing in real life, and in living close to the outdoors.