This is my fifth year at Community House and I'm loving every minute. Some of you may already know me since I had been the media specialist at Hawk Ridge for 12 years. I have a BA from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, a Masters in Library and Information Studies from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, and achieved National Board Certification in November 2007. I was also the 2007-2008 CMS Gertrude Coward award winner, selected on excellence as a media specialist. Before becoming a media specialist, I taught Language Arts and Social Studies to 6th and 7th graders and spent three years as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher. My love of children of all ages and reading are what propelled me into the Media Center. My mission, as a media specialist, is to ensure that students and staff are effective users and producers of ideas and information. To achieve this I must don many hats. I will be a teacher, instructional partner, information specialist, and program administrator. By performing these many roles I will encourage and hopefully instill a life-long love of reading in your child, help him/her master new concepts and develop strategies to effectively find and use information.