Library Media Specialist
With the transition to grade-level attendance centers within the Iola School District, I was given the opportunity to become the Library Media Specialist for kindergarten at McKinley Elementary and for first and second at Jefferson Elementary. Mrs. Dickerson and Mrs. Melvin, library paraprofessionals, help to create places where children want to be. The McKinley and Jefferson libraries are busy places checking out over 50,000 books a year! I have a range of professional duties and committees; Technology SAC, Iola Reads, Young Authors, INEA Read Across America, INEA Evaluation Committee, Jefferson PTO Teacher Rep.
I started my teaching career at Jefferson Elementary. In August of 1995, I was hired as a Title 1 Math Teacher; that position quickly changed to include Title 1 Reading. It was here working with fellow Title 1 teacher, Sharon Whitworth, that I began my love of books and reading. In those early days of my teaching career that Title 1 funding was not a guarantee. So I decided to take a more secure teaching position in second grade. I loved every minute in second grade. Being able to watch children develop into readers and writers is what inspires me to teach. Then the Board of Education changed the boundary lines to adjust for the changing population to the north. This changed my second-grade position into a floating position. After floating for two years, I decided to change to a permanent position at McKinley Elementary. After one year at McKinley, a library media position at Lincoln Elementary was available. Instilling the love of reading and of books all day, absolutely!
My husband, John, and I have been married for thirty years. We were married in June of 1991. Shortly, thereafter, we bought a 1871 home. After many years of renovation, our home was finally ready for children. Addy was born in 2000. After being a drummer for the IHS and ACC band, she is USD 257’s Elementary Music teacher for grades 3-5. In 2007, Briley was born. She is a eight-grader at IMS. She loves making all things fun!
Hobbies? Do children count for this? I enjoy being wherever my children are.
Biking the trails in Iola, reading on my front porch swing, pulling weeds in my flower gardens, and investing in children at Harvest Baptist Church are several of my favorite things to do. I also love taking road trips to National Parks and the Wonders of Kansas.