Who is Elizabeth Mehmen?
Why I Teach...
I became a teacher to champion children, plain and simple. I have been an educator for 19 years and it became clear to me that I can reach more children as a DTL than as a classroom teacher. I have the joy and opportunity of seeing 500 students each week. As the DTL I get to teach all the fun!! From STEM, technology skills, robotics, greenhouse, global thinking, social and emotional education, to BOOKS BOOKS and more BOOKS, I get to introduce lifelong and academic changing skills. What if a tool or book I teach changes the way a student views school? This is an awesome possibility I get out of bed for every day!
I am born and raised in Colorado. I grew up in a small town East of Denver. My family has lived on our farm for 103 years. I followed our family tradition of going to CSU for college. I was the 4th generation to live in the same dorm room in Newsome Hall.
I am married to my boyfriend and we have an eleven year old daughter. We live in Morrison and spend weekends at our family farm. We have a dog, tortoise, and giant rabbit. We love reading, hiking, camping, biking, and the COLORADO ROCKIES!!!!!
What is to come in the 20/21 year?
Here are my action packed goals for this year.
Learn the district supported website software
Learn how to catalog and barcode books
Create Destiny Follett sites that are fun and user friendly for students
Collaborate with teachers using proficiency scales to create lessons to co teach
Support teachers in growing their thinking around ALP extension in the library and classrooms
Teach ALL the Core Tech Tools and see teachers and students using them
Support remote students with tech tools to make their learning environment fun and engaging
Combine literacy, math, and tech in every library lesson
Build a bank of lesson plans to accompany teachers in the greenhouses
Lead a greenhouse committee that cultivates learning in the outdoor spaces
Ensure the technology we have meets our needs as one school
Teach 1st grade with love, energy, and efficacy
Market two successful virtual book fairs to replenish lost books
I would like to gain the following this year.
Learn as much as possible about running an efficient yet exciting library. Along the way I would like to cultivate relationships with teachers, staff, and the community. I will embrace all the changes to come in education and create something beautiful.