Library Information Specialist in Kildeer, Illinois
I'm a National Board Certified Teacher, and 19-year veteran in the field of education with a variety of teaching roles at Alan B. Shepard Middle School in Deerfield District 109. Most recently, I became the school's library information specialist and hit the ground running in order to create an active learning commons that breaks free of the stereotype of a traditional library and embraces creativity, collaboration, and risk-taking. (I call it my "no-shh library.") I am passionate about project-based learning, literacy, innovative digital tools and resources, as well as the Maker Movement. I was fortunate to be invited to a roundtable discussion at the White House in June 2015 to discuss the potential of the Maker Movement in schools with educational leaders across the nation. Ultimately, I strive to be a strong advocate for hands-on, meaningful, engaging, and fun learning experiences for students.