Welcome to my portfolio! I’m an 8th grade Language Arts teacher at Chestatee Academy in Gainesville, Georgia. You can read about my adventures in teaching on my newest professional blog at Living in the Layers.
Prior to returning the classroom in August 2016, I was the media specialist at Chattahoochee High School in Johns Creek, Georgia where I helped lead a renovation of the library that took place during the summer of 2016. In addition to this work, I established an instructional program for the media center that included significant teaching partnerships with teachers and students in Fine Arts, Language Arts, and ESOL. In addition to implementing a new attendance tracking software program for the media center program, I also completed a significant clean-up of the library catalog and print collection.
From July 2013-July 2015, I was a school librarian at Norcross High in the Gwinnett County Public School District. Prior to coming to Norcross, I was the Learning Strategist for the Cleveland Public Library in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2006, I opened and established The Unquiet Library program at Creekview High; this program received numerous state and national awards and recognition between in the seven years I ran the program. I also was recognized as the School Librarian of the Year for the state of Georgia in 2010; I was also selected as a 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker.
I have over twenty six years of experience in public education as a high school English teacher, middle school literacy educator, technology integration specialist, and librarian. I’m passionate about creating meaningful learning experiences for learners of all ages. My interests include literacy learning experiences, participatory learning and culture, ethnographic studies, and writing literacies. I’m a 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker who loves dogs, shopping, running, music, and poetry. I blog at The Unquiet Librarian and for DMLcentral.
My Work on the Web: Snapshots
- Living in the Layers Blog (current professional blog)
- My Online Portfolio: Highlights of My Instructional Practices 2013-present
- Hooch Learning Studio
- Hooch Learning Studio End of Year Annual Report/Slideshow
- My Slideshare Portfolio
- My Professional Blog, The Unquiet Librarian 2007-2017
- My blog posts at DMLcentral
Most recent update: April 2019