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2020-21 Maryland School Librarian of the Year

Nominees

Alicia Allou, New Hampshire Estates ES, Montgomery County Public Schools*

 I am the school librarian at New Hampshire Estates ES in Montgomery County.  A graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a graduate of the University of Maryland with a master's in Library Science. This is my 32nd year in MCPS and my 23rd as a school librarian. In my sixth year at NHE I have worked to support the students, staff and families in this new virtual learning format. I love my job and my school community.  The mother of two grown daughters it is my joy to watch them as independent young women.

Lisa Anderson, Piney Point ES, St. Mary’s County Public Schools*

 I earned my undergraduate degree at St. Mary’s College of Maryland in Human Studies, focusing on my elementary and early childhood teaching certifications. I then attended Notre Dame of Maryland University earning a Masters of Arts in Leadership in Teaching with a certification in Library Media. I have taught general education for second grade, kindergarten and fourth grade, in that order. While teaching fourth grade I primarily taught English Language Arts and Social Studies. After acquiring my certification in library media, I transitioned from being a general education classroom teacher, to a media specialist, teaching students in kindergarten through fifth grade. I am currently a School Librarian at Piney Point Elementary School in St Mary’s County with a student population of more than 400 students.

Brandi Baril, White Marsh ES, St. Mary’s County Public Schools*

 Brandi Baril promotes a love of reading and literature each day with staff, students and the community at White Marsh Elementary School in St. Mary’s County Public Schools. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Towson University, and a Master’s Degree in Library Media from the College of Notre Dame, Maryland. Spending nine years teaching in the elementary classroom, and six years as a Library Media Specialist she seeks ways to extend her instruction to better meet the needs of her students. She finds new innovative learning, leading county wide professional developments, and building lessons for new online platforms all while fostering an absolute love of books and technology!

Jenn Beach, Pocomoke MS, Worcester County Public Schools

Janet Browning, Pointers Run ES, Howard County Public Schools

Jack Cleveland, Pocomoke HS, Worcester County Public Schools*

 Jack Cleveland earned a Bachelor of Arts in Radio, Television and Film, with a minor in English, from the University of Maryland, and graduated with a Masters in Instructional Technology from Towson University. He began working in Worcester County in 2004, and currently is the Media Specialist at Pocomoke High School. He is committed to providing culturally and personally relevant teen literature to his school, and facilitates a Project Lit Book Club with his students that reaches out to the greater Pocomoke community. Cleveland builds relationships with his students to encourage their potential under his positive supervision and instruction.

Patricia Cole, Great Mills HS, St. Mary’s County Public Schools

Judy Crawford, Anne Arundel County Public Schools*

 Anne Arundel County Public Schools Fourth Grade Teacher (2005-2007) Library Media Specialist K-5 (2007-2014) Teacher Specialist/Library Media K-12 (2014-2021)Education B.A., Yale University J.D., UCLAM. Inst. Tech., Towson University

How do we create elementary library media curriculum that checks all of the boxes? Curriculum that is engaging, flexible, thought-provoking, innovative, creative, diverse, responsive, comprehensive, standards-based, aligned with school system goals and curricular topics, and addresses real-world problems? After five years of leading a group of talented media specialists to create a tangible answer to that question, I was met with the challenge of modifying our curriculum for a pandemic. We created curriculum for a virtual/hybrid world; we adapted our learning to a new digital platform; we curated resources in a digital format; we adapted and expanded our professional development to meet the evolving needs of our teaching staff in over 80 elementary schools.

Margaret (Peggy) Demedis, Plum Point ES, Calvert County Public Schools*

 Calvert County has been my home for most of my life, and Plum Point Elementary has been our neighborhood school since it opened thirty years ago. I have been the school librarian at Plum Point since it opened. Before that I was the librarian at Northern Middle School for ten years. My Master's Degree in Library Science was obtained from Simmon's College in Boston, MA. I also worked as a librarian for a nursing school in Boston for two years. This year after forty-two years as a librarian, I am retiring with a full heart.

Trayce Diskin, Silver Creek MS, Montgomery County Public Schools*

Trayce Diskin has been the library media specialist at Silver Creek Middle School, Montgomery County Public Schools, for four years. Before becoming a library media specialist eight years ago, she was a high school English teacher, and has master's degrees in Creative Writing from Columbia University, and Library Media Instruction from Towson University. At Silver Creek, Trayce sponsors the Book Wars team, and is the co-sponsor of the Prism GSA. She is also the coordinator No Place for Hate, an anti-bias and equity program from the Anti-Defamation League. Trayce is a mentor to incoming school library media specialists in Montgomery County, and a regular presenter and facilitator at professional learning events. She has written county curriculum for high school English, the reading and research course Digital Literacy, and digital citizenship. When she is not doing her favorite activity, working with students and staff in the Silver Creek library media center, she is usually running, cooking, reading (of course), or having fun on adventures with family.

Margaret Donahue, Henry E. Lackey HS, Charles County Public Schools*

 I earned my Bachelor of Science in Secondary Science Education from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1993 and began my career teaching Earth Science and Chemistry at Westlake High School, Waldorf, Maryland. In 2000 I was offered the position as High School Instructional Resource Teacher at Henry E. Lackey High School, Indian Head, Maryland. I served the school in that position for 15 years, working simultaneously on a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College along the way. My "dream job" however, was to become a librarian, and I began the certification course work through the College of Notre Dame, earning my degree in June 2014. At the same time, the LMS position here at Lackey High School became available, and I was hired the day after finishing my Master's program! Transitioning from Resource Teacher to the Media Specialist role was extremely advantageous, it provided me with a wealth of knowledge regarding curriculum across content areas and continues to be a great backbone for my instructional knowledge. I have now been in the role of Media Specialist here at Lackey High School for seven years. This year has been the most challenging by far and has pushed me to really develop my technology expertise. I can attest that there has not been a dull moment!

Danielle Dunn, Howard County Public Schools

Danielle DuPuis, Hammond HS, Howard County Public Schools

Priscilla Dyson, Spring Ridge MS, St. Mary’s County Public Schools*

 Spring Ridge Middle School, Grades 6-82007-current, St. Mary's County Public Schools, University of MD-ES, BA- History and English, Miami University - MA - English, Notre Dame of MD University - MA - Leadership in Teaching - A career in librarianship should have been obvious given my life-long love of books and libraries, but . . . After returning to my home county of St. Mary's after graduate school in Ohio, I eventually secured a position at my local public library. After several wonderful years, I decided to shift to school library media and have loved this role. During my tenure as the media specialist at Spring Ridge Middle School, I have married and had two amazing sons, one who will join me next year as a 6th grader!

L'oreal Edmondson, Howard County Public Schools

Karen Ferruzza, Arthur Middleton ES, Charles County Public Schools*

 Education: BS in Elementary Education-Salisbury University MS in Technology for Educators-Johns Hopkins University Library Certificate-College of Notre Dame. I have taught fourth and fifth grade in Charles County Public Schools and I have been an elementary librarian for 18 years at Arthur Middleton ES.

Angenine Goode, Catonsville HS, Baltimore County Public Schools*

 High School Library Media Specialist, Instructional Technology Coach and lifelong learner. Enhancing the lives of students by helping them Be. Do. Create. Their Best! Building a community of readers, leaders, thinkers and problem solvers. Providing a space for student voices to be heard.

Jenna Haberlein, Mount Savage School, Allegany County Public Schools*

 Jenna Haberlein has been a Library Media Specialist in Allegany County for ten years. Currently she is the Library Media Specialist at Mount Savage School (K-8). She holds a Master of Library Science degree from Clarion University

Lisa Hack, Silver Spring International MS, Montgomery County Public Schools*

 Library Media Specialist with over 20 years experience in middle and high schools in Connecticut and Maryland. BS 1987, State University of NY at Binghamton; MLS 1996, Southern Connecticut State University. Passionate about equity in education and dedicated to nurturing critical thinking in students.

Heather Hartman-Jansen, Milton Somers MS, Charles County Public Schools*

 MLIS San Jose State, 2006; school librarian since 2005 in California and Maryland. BA, University of CA at Irvine - History and English Lit; Teaching Credential, San Diego State; taught elementary, middle and high school. Passionate library advocate married to a public library deputy director.

Deborah Hendrickson, Allegany County Public Schools

Meredith Hickman, Seven Locks ES, Montgomery County Public Schools*

 After 6 years of classroom teaching in Fairfax County VA and Montgomery County MD, I transitioned into the role of a School Library Media Specialist at Seven Locks Elementary School in 2018, with my Masters in Instructional Technology from Towson University. My goal is to promote literacy and a love of reading as well as digital citizenship through my collaboratively planned lessons and weekly instruction and open book check out in our constantly growing and diversifying collection. I would not be able to do all this without the support of my media assistant, wonderful staff, supportive administration, and amazing modeling in the Montgomery County Public Schools, School Library Media Programs Central Office Team.

Jennifer Holliday, Frederick County Public Schools

Christine Hurley, Boonsboro MS, Washington County Public Schools*

 Christine Hurley (she/her) is dedicated to ensuring all students can see themselves in the books they read. She holds School Librarian and Information Technology certification from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania (2010) and Master’s (2004) and Bachelor’s (2002) degrees from Frostburg State University. As a middle school media specialist and member of the instructional team, she facilitates Girls Who Code, empowering female future programmers, as well as other coding and computational thinking initiatives across Washington County Public Schools and the state of Maryland. Christine is currently the Lead Secondary Librarian for WCPS. She has been honored as an MSET Outstanding Educator Using Technology and is an Apple Teacher. She was the Washington County Public Schools Teacher of the Year for 2020-21 and was recognized as a finalist for the Maryland State Teacher of the Year for 2020-21. During the COVID-19 Crisis lockdown, Christine volunteered for multiple shifts at Washington County Technical High school to print face-shields for our local health care workers. A true fangirl when it comes to authors and illustrators, she has volunteered for the Children's Literature Center at Frostburg State University for over 20 years. Christine and her colleague, Mx. Ace Schwarz, partnered to present "Read the Rainbow: LGBTQIA Literature in Classroom and School Libraries" at the most recent Spring Festival of Children's Literature in April 2021. Christine is active in the Maryland Association of School Librarians as the website manager. She recently co-facilitated a Diversity and Inclusion panel for MASL, inviting librarians from across the state to discuss how to develop diverse school library collections. Christine's passion is building welcoming, inclusive libraries where all students feel that they belong, as well as infusing coding and computational thinking into the core curriculum to develop tomorrow's STEM Leaders!

Joy Jackson, North East ES, Cecil County Public Schools*

 Joy Jackson is a Media Specialist at North East Elementary in North East, Maryland. She has taught in Cecil County Public Schools for 16 years, 13 years as a Media Specialist. North East Elementary serves students from PreK through 5th. Joy holds a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College and also has a Masters in Library Science from Clarion University. She enjoys integrating her love of reading with technology and seeing her students learn new things.

Tracy Jeffcott, Bayard Rustin ES, Montgomery County Public Schools*

 Tracy Jeffcott is an elementary media specialist in Montgomery County. She received an Early Childhood Education BS from Miami University (Ohio), a Masters of Library Science from the University of Maryland, and an Administration Certification through Hood College. Tracy began her career teaching third grade and became the media specialist at Somerset Elementary School in 2012. In 2018, Tracy was hired to open a new school, Bayard Rustin Elementary School, in Rockville Maryland.

Crystal Johnston, Dynard ES, St. Mary's County Public Schools*

 I am a school librarian at Dynard Elementary School in Chaptico, Maryland. I teach prek-5th grade and absolutely love my job. I graduated in 2020 with my Master's in School Librarianship from McDaniel College.

Lisa Kahl, Dorchester County Public Schools

Colleen Kavanagh, Riverside ES, Harford County Public Schools*

 Colleen Kavanagh has been a K - 5 Elementary School Library Media Specialist in Harford County Public Schools since 2013. She has over 20 years’ experience in both the school library and elementary school classroom. She has a master’s degree in Library Science and in Literacy Education. Colleen has served on the MLA Blue Crab Book Award Committee. She is a curriculum writer for the county and was part of the team who developed the Prek-5 curriculum in 2020 and continues to support her colleagues in implementation. She also serves on the county's Library Programming Committee. She collaborates with and supports the educators in her school and librarians in the county through a Facebook group providing innovative ideas and resources, including choice boards and virtual libraries to support virtual learning and grade level curriculum. Colleen has curated a library collection that provides her students with high interest, culturally relevant, and current materials in various formats to meet their needs. She has transformed her library into a welcoming, innovative space that is the center of her school building. Colleen is a leader in her school serving on the School Improvement Team and as Special Area Chair and assisting administration in many roles including serving as acting teacher in charge, developing schedules, and providing staff professional development in resources, student engagement, and technology. Her love for her profession and her students is evident in everything she does!

Jessica Lemmo, Windsor Hills ES/MS, Baltimore City Public Schools*

 Jessica Lemmo has been a teacher for Baltimore City Public Schools for 19 years and a school library media Specialist for 14 of those years. She is currently the Model School Library Media Specialist at Windsor Hills Elementary Middle School and works with students in PreK to 8th grade. Jessica attended Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and graduated with an Early Childhood certification and then attended the University of Notre Dame and received her master’s with a concentration in School Library Media. Mrs. Lemmo is a Baltimore City Schools Model teacher. Mrs. Lemmo is an EverFi certified teacher and National Ambassador, a Common Sense Media Educator, and a Maryland Code Coach for Baltimore City Schools. She has been the Baltimore City Reading Council president and holds titles for other educational technology programs. She also was a host for school tours for SLJ Leadership Summit 2019.

Julia Levine, Twin Ridge ES, Frederick County Public Schools*

 Julia Levine is a Library Media Specialist in the Frederick County Public School district. For the past 12 years, she has served the PK – 5 students at Twin Ridge Elementary School. She is thrilled to have a career in the same school that she attended as a student many years ago. Julia holds a Masters of Library Science degree from the University of Maryland, and has accumulated an additional 30 continuing education credits to date. Julia is passionate about student involvement in the library and their ability to choose what they want to read. She allows students to check out up to 10 books from the library so that they can fulfill any and all of their reading desires. Julia genrefied the fiction and non-fiction sections of the library to allow students to better browse within their interests and independently select items. She also runs a “Junior Library Assistants” program to more deeply involve students in the library. Fourth and fifth grade students apply and are selected to help maintain the library, assist fellow students, and serve as leaders within the school. During her career, Julia has held leadership positions within her school, district, and MASL, and has served on numerous committees. She has also been a presenter and co-presenter at several state conferences.

Tatanisha Love, Loch Raven Technical Academy, Baltimore County Public Schools*

 From collaborating with various organizations within ALA (BCALA and GNCRT) to create reading lists to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity to working with the wonderful A-Team (MASL's Advocacy Committee), this last year I've been more busy than usual. I've also had the wonderful opportunity to work with students in my school building to grow the Book Matching Service and promote literature thanks to the ALA Inspire Grant. Whether virtual or face-to-face, this year has been a chance to spread the word about what school library programs do and increase access to resources for the students I serve.

Susan Lusby, Calvert County Public Schools

Lauren Lynn, Huntingtown ES, Calvert County Public Schools*

 Lauren Lynn is the school librarian at Huntingtown Elementary in Calvert County. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Master of Science Degree in School Library Media from Towson University. Lauren began her career as a prekindergarten teacher and has been a school librarian for the past 13 years. In addition to her role as a school librarian, Lauren serves as the School Equity Liaison in her building where she facilitates equity meetings and professional development for her staff. Lauren enjoys learning new strategies and ideas to use with her students and has spent several summers attending Summer Teacher Institutes at the Library of Congress, The National Portrait Gallery, The Smithsonian and Mount Vernon. She was proud to represent her school as the Huntingtown Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2018, was a finalist for the Washington Post Teacher of the Year in 2020 and was a nominee for Excellence in Online Teaching in 2021. Lauren has been a two-time presenter at the Common Ground Maryland Conference, was a presenter at the Future Education Technology Conference and was a co-presenter at the 2020 MASL Conference. She is a MASL member and has written a blog post about diversifying libraries and recently served as a panelist for the MASL April Collection Development Webinar series.

Niketha McKenzie, Cheltenham Youth Detention Center, Maryland State Department of Education

Michelle Melencio, Bryant Woods ES, Howard County Public Schools*

 This is my 8th year as a Media Specialist with Howard County Public School System. I am extremely lucky that I get to teach PreK-5 at the elementary school in my neighborhood: Bryant Woods. I received my M.L.S. in 2004 from Texas Woman's University and completed my School Library Media Certificate from the University of Maryland in 2013. My journey in libraries began as a shelver at Trinity College (D.C.), a technician at the Library of Congress, and then later a librarian at Discovery Communications. I am passionate about diversity in children's literature, student voice in the Library Media program, communicating with families about the Library Media program, building and maintaining student relationships, and having engaging Library Media lessons. My philosophy for the Bryant Woods Media Center is that it belongs to the students.

Alexandra Moses, Highland ES, Montgomery County Public Schools*

 Alex Moses is the Media Specialist at Highland Elementary School in Silver Spring (Montgomery County Public Schools), serving PreK through grade 5 students. She started working at libraries at 16, shelving books (but mostly reading) before getting a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in journalism. She spent several years as a journalist for The Associated Press, where she got the chance to interview Christopher Paul Curtis after he won the Newbery! After taking a break to stay home with her children, and visiting countless library storytimes, she returned to get her MLS at the University of Maryland. In 2013, she became the Media Specialist at Highland, where she has promoted independent inquiry and expanded digital literacy learning through student-led projects and after-school clubs, and has worked collaboratively with classroom teachers to promote diverse books and wider free-choice reading opportunities. She facilitates technology learning opportunities for staff at Highland, where she is an active member of the leadership team. At the county level, she has been a mentor librarian and currently serves as a union representative for elementary media specialists, a facilitator of the elementary personal learning community and on the library advisory committee. She only wishes she knew earlier in her professional life that serving children and sharing her love of reading, inquiry and writing would be such a dream job.

Dawn Murphy, J.C. Parks, Charles County Public Schools*

I enjoy supporting classroom curriculum but also love having the flexibility to give students experiences and opportunities to explore, engage, produce, evaluate, and find their own interests and build upon them.

Autumn Myers, Northwest HS, Montgomery County Public Schools

Mary Owen, Captain Walter Francis Duke ES, St. Mary’s County Public Schools

Keely Patton, Vienna ES, Dorchester County Public Schools*

 I have been the School Librarian and Visual Arts teacher at Vienna Elementary School in Dorchester County, MD for the past four years. Because I traverse the realms of educator, collaborative partner, and information specialist, I have developed a cross-content curriculum that reinforces, supports, and enriches the acquisition of core content. This interdisciplinary approach provides an authentic learning experience that is accessible to all learners. I teach the virtues of openness and respect as well as an appreciation for diversity. My classroom promotes self-direction, cultural literacy, creativity, and problem solving.

Ron Poker, Roberto Clemente MS, Montgomery County Public Schools*

 Science teacher, then computer science teacher for 10 years in Montgomery County Public Schools. Media Specialist for 10 years in Montgomery County Public Schools. I have a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology and School Library Media from Towson University. I am currently a Media Specialist at Roberto Clemente Middle school, grades 6-8.

Kristy Rubeck, Boonsboro ES, Washington County Public Schools*

 My name is Kristy Rubeck, and I am the Library Media Specialist at Boonsboro Elementary School in Boonsboro, Maryland. This is my fifth year as a Media Specialist. I am a proud graduate of Frostburg State University with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood/Elementary Education in 2001 and Master of Education in Reading in 2003. I also have a Master of Library Science from McDaniel College in 2018. Before I taught Media, I taught for 13 years in PreK, Kindergarten, and 1st grade. Reading has been my life-long passion. My love of reading and sharing that love with children is what led me to the teaching profession and made the move to Library Media a natural choice. I am a proud member of the Children's Literature Centre in Frostburg, Maryland where I volunteer annually for their Spring Festival of Children's Literature.

Melaney Sanchez, Mount Harmony ES, Calvert County Public Schools*

 Melaney Sanchez, a National Board Certified Teacher, researched minority achievement for her Ph.D. from Notre Dame of Maryland University. Her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees were received from McDaniel College and the University of Michigan. As the librarian at Mt. Harmony Elementary she serves on the Collaborative Leadership Team, sponsors Girls Who Code and the National Parks Club, and coordinates American History Night and Literacy Night. She has participated in Leadership Maryland, and institutes hosted by Ford’s Theatre, Mt. Vernon, Williamsburg, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute. She was a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar and Teacher of the Year for Calvert County, SMECO Math, and the Washington Post. As a teacher librarian she intends to impact school culture, climate, and academic achievement positively. She is seeking to create partnerships and collaborate globally so she can connect her rural district to the wider world.

Kelly Schartner, Sugarloaf ES, Frederick County Public Schools*

 I began my career teaching 2nd grade for the 2001-2002 school year in Loudoun County, Va after graduating from York College of PA. The following summer I married my husband, who is also a teacher, and moved to Frederick, Maryland where I taught 4th grade for 5 years. Read aloud was my and my student's favorite time of day! I took a few years off to have two children, watch them grow and finish my Master's in Library Science. I was blessed to be hired at Liberty Elementary, a small school in FCPS in 2013 where I cut my teeth as a Media Specialist and was nominated as TOY by the principal in 2014. In 2016, I transferred to the much larger Urbana Elementary where I was again blessed to move buildings and open a brand new library in 2018! Urbana moved back into a new building two years later and I remain in the building that is now Sugarloaf Elementary! My passion for books began with my own elementary Librarian who introduced me to Number the Stars by Lois Lowry and The Doll in the Garden by Mary Downing Hahn! I love matching students with books and watching them fall in love with reading. I love infusing technology into my lessons and helping my staff with anything and everything! They humbled me this past year by voting me TOY for SUES. I have the best job in the world and work with the best colleagues, students, staff and community.

Sandy Shaw, Cambridge South Dorchester HS, Dorchester County Public Schools*

 I began my life as a Media Specialist accidentally, when I accepted a long-term substitute position in that role for six weeks in an elementary school. Within those weeks, I found my passion. Even though I was in my late thirties, and a stay-at-home mom of three, I discovered my niche, and passion for school libraries. A good friend of mine discovered Towson University's Cohort Masters program in Instructional Technology/School Library, and after having an undergraduate Bachelor Degree from Salisbury University in 1981, I began my pursuit of a new career. I was hired by Dorchester County Public Schools in 1998, as an Instructional Technology Specialist, and received my Masters Degree in 2005 from Towson, and began my career as a Media Specialist. I was the Media Specialist at Mace's Lane Middle School for ten years, transferred to Cambridge South Dorchester High School, and have been here for 14 years. I was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but raised in St. Michaels since I was five. I have lived in Cambridge for the last 40 years, and can't imagine a better place to raise my three children. I am a grandmother (Gi Gi) of three boys and am so happy that I became a Media Specialist. I always say that I have the very best job in my school, and I mean it. Our library is our school's "happy place", and our students are always glad to be here.

Brittainy Simmons, Federalsburg ES, Caroline County Public Schools*

 Brittainy O’Brien Simmons School Librarian Caroline County Public Schools Federalsburg Elementary School302 S. University Avenue Federalsburg, MD 21632Grades PreK-5Librarian for 11 years Bachelor’s Degree BS/ELED from Towson University Masters in School Library and Instructional Tech from Mansfield Univ.

Lisa Smiroldo, Piccowaxen MS, Charles County Public Schools*

 I have been a School Librarian for 21 years (8 in elementary and 13 in middle school), I'm an ALA & AASL Member, and I love my job!

Timothy Steelman, Theodore G. Davis MS, Charles County Public Schools*

 Timothy C. Steelman encourages students to understand, appreciate, and benefit from all aspects of information science. Sponsoring STEAM-focused clubs that include MESA and Green School, Tim actively promotes student creativity in writing and physical art, while emphasizing benefits of copyright and publication. Tim develops student appreciation for the librarian profession with an active library aide program that attracts students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. Tim is the Librarian (Media Specialist) and the Related Arts Department Chair at Theodore G. Davis Middle School in Charles County, Maryland. He has an M.A. in Education, an M.S. in Library Science, a B.A. in Biology, and is certified to teach science. A former middle and high school science, math, and computer programming teacher, Tim was the founding head of a virtual school for middle and high school students, a graduate school Assistant Dean, and a graduate school Adjunct Assistant Professor. He began serving as a School Librarian in 2002 at a private school (Grade 6 to adult) in Prince George's County, Maryland. Tim has been the Librarian (Media Specialist) at Davis MS in Charles County, MD since 2010.Recently, Tim has presented at LSI's Formative Assessment National Conference (2018, Topic: Multimodal Formative Assessment), MASL Conferences (2019, Topic: Makerspace Clubs; 2020, Topic: PROadvocacy), MASL Professional Development Committee Webinar (2020, Topic: PROadvocacy), Maryland Library Association (MLA) Conversations (2021, Topic: PROAdvocacy), and an American Library Association (ALA) Zoomcast (2021, Topic: Chat and Chew with Jarred Amato, founder of Project LIT book club).Tim has led community programs in the Charles County Public Library system that focus on computer programming, Dungeons & Dragons, and cybersecurity. He has served as the Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL) Webmaster and as an Executive Board Member-at-Large. He is currently active on the MASL Advocacy Committee, dedicated to service..

Heather Taylor, Folly Quarter MS, Howard County Public Schools*

 I have been a media specialist for 16 years. I went to undergrad at Salisbury University and studied Elementary Education. I got my master's degree in Instructional Technology: School Library Media at Towson University. I began as a media specialist in 2005 at Lansdowne Middle School in Baltimore County. I then moved to Howard County where I spent a few years as an elementary media specialist and then became the media specialist at Folly Quarter Middle School. I earned my National Board Certification in School Library Media in 2012.

Beau Williams, Snow Hill MS, Worcester County Public Schools*

 Beau Williams is the Library Media Specialist at Snow Hill Middle School in Worcester County, Maryland. He is currently in his third year of librarianship teaching grades 4 through 8. Williams recently attained his Master’s in School Librarianship degree from McDaniel University and holds a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Salisbury University.

Jennifer Yohe, Carroll County Public Schools


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