As summer comes to an end so does this chapter of my professional life. I have been a school librarian for 19 years and September 30th marks my last day.
The past five years in the Sanborn Regional School District have taught me so much about progressive educational models and how to serve as a collaborative leader in a public school. One of the high points in my career has been working with the administrators and teachers at Sanborn to move the entire district to become a national leader in competency-based education. The support and trust I received allowed me to become a better school librarian and I cannot thank them enough for that. I guarantee that my Sanborn friends have not seen the last of me!
As the fall begins, so does my new career. I’m going from working with high school students to preparing school librarians and technology integrators to better serve the next generation of learners. Beginning October 3rd I will be a Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Learning, and Curriculum at Plymouth State University. I will be coordinating and teaching in the School Library Media Specialist and Education Technology Integrator programs. I will have offices in Plymouth, Concord, and at my home in Exeter and will focus on:
I will continue to speak and work with school librarians across the country on improving services, resources, and programs.
I have always identified as a librarian and am definitely feeling challenged by this change. Ultimately, I will continue to do what I love - helping teachers better prepare their students for college and career. Please reach out to me if you want more information about PSU’s ELLC program or if your school district needs any help in moving your library and technology integration program from good to great.