Library Staff

Shannon Miller, District Teacher Librarian

This is my fourth year as the district teacher librarian, technology specialist, and National Honor Society sponsor at Van Meter Community School and in the teaching profession.  My husband Robbie and I live south of Van Meter on an acreage with our three amazing children Brianna who is 16, Brady who is 13, and Hagan who is 5.  I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in elementary education and art in 1994 and then stayed home to raise our kids for 12 years.  When I took this job I was just finishing up my reading endorsement from Viterbo and jumped right into my masters program in School Library Science at UNI.  I enjoyed working on my masters degree, espeically working on my research work which focused on the one-to-one laptop learning initiative at Van Meter.  I graduated in May 2010. 

I love my role at Van Meter and feel like I have found my dream job!  Being around learners, thinkers, technology, books, creativity and VOICE'S everyday is the best!  

If you have any questions, please call me at 515-996-2222, ext. 151 or email me at  
I look forward to working with our youth and meeting you too!  

You can find my online portfolio at 

News from the Library VOICE:

On April 1, Van Meter was featured in the IPTV show

In April 2010, John Carver, Deron Durflinger, and I presented 
at Teach Meet Nashville.  It was a great event where 
made lots of valuable connections with others.  

On February 11, 2010, I was featured on findingDulcinea's website in the findingEducation's Digital Teachers' Lounge.  

In the November 2009 edition of the Iowa of School Librarians journal Shannon had an article published entitled Staying Connected Outside of the Library with Web 2.0!  

Malcolm Bellamy's Learning Blog Post entitled 
Malcolm works with the Southend-On-Sea Borough 
Council in Essex, Great Britain

Professional Organization Involvement:
Iowa Library Association (ILA)
 Iowa Association of School Librarians (IASL) 

Shannon serves as co-chair on the IASL Advocacy Committee.  In August 2009 she spread the word about the importance of school librarians at the SAI Convention in Des Moines.  Read more about this in the September 2009 IASL Journal.

Shannon also received the ILA University of 
Northern Iowa scholarship in 2007.  
Read about it in the November 2007 IASL Journal.  

Mrs. Petersen and Mrs. Miller coteaching the 6th graders in the Mac Lab.  
We were teaching them about using the AEA online databases in research.

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Below is a bulletin board in the Rod Library at the University of Northern Iowa.  
The board contains the Des Moines Register article about technology in
Van Meter Schools this year.  My 7th grade Technology/Information Literacy 
students were highlighted in the article through the photographs. 

Diana Hockenberry, Library Paraeducator

Our Library Cadets

Zach Bullock 

Alex Gilmore

Josh Porter