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Welcome to the Franzen LMC!

At the Franzen LMC, we are dedicated to meeting the needs of all students and staff.  Our goal is to empower students to become enthusiastic readers, critical thinkers, ethical users of information, and skillful researchers.  To that end, we strive to match each student with books that will foster in them a love of reading while also exposing them to texts they may not have considered in the past.  In addition, students are exposed to a variety of technology tools, learn digital citizenship concepts, and are introduced to information and media literacy skills.  We love helping students, staff, and families, so please reach out with any needs!

Hello! My name is Anita DeValk. I am so excited to be the new Media Center Director at Franzen.  I earned my bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Illinois. I completed my English as a Second Language endorsement through National Louis University, and also hold endorsements in language arts, social science, and Spanish. I am currently continuing my education through Illinois State University and pursuing a Library Information Specialist certificate. I have 12 years of teaching experience and have taught first, second, and third grades.  Outside of school, I am a busy mom and love spending time with my family. We enjoy movies, game nights, traveling, and just spending time together. I also love baking fun treats, and of course, READING!