Our Pathfinder's Librarian Tells Us the Backstory behind the Monthly Appreciation Highlights
May15, 2019 -
Anise: How long have you been in the library here at Fremont and your most memorable moment?
Ms. Jones: My most memorable moment was the day I was hired at Fremont in July 2010. I had lost my Teacher Librarian position in June 2010 at a middle school due to budget cuts. Although I did my Teacher Librarian fieldwork at Fremont High School, shadowing the Teacher Librarian at the time, I had never worked in a high school before. Up until then, my teaching career had been at two middle schools. The high school students were so much bigger and mature than the middle school students. It was a bit intimidating at first but it was so much fun getting to understand, teach, help, and work with high school students. Up until 2013, Fremont had been a year round school. That schedule was also memorable because the principal wanted the library to be accessible year round therefore equitable for all students.
Anise: Why is Women’s History month important?
Ms. Jones: Throughout history, men have always been recognized for their achievements. America first recognized women’s history month nationally in 1987 when Congress declared the entire month of March as National Women’s History Month to honor extraordinary achievements.
I feel Women’s history month is important because we need to recognize the courageous and outstanding women who have impacted our history and our society, in the world, nationally, and locally.
Anise: How do you select the women that are the focus of the week?
Ms. Jones: I select the women based on a of couple categories. First, I cover women in a variety of careers or achievements such as sports, science, entertainment like visual and performing arts, politics, civil rights, and women that have faced adversity such as Helen Keller. Last year I highlighted a transgender woman, Danica Roem. I included her this year as well. I think one of the most fascinating women selected is Charley Parkhurst, a woman that presented herself as a man who drove a stagecoach through dangerous routes in the old wild-west; no one knew she was a woman until her death when the coroner came to examine her body. Second, I focus on women from different backgrounds, African American, Asian, Latina, Muslim, and Caucasian. Sometimes colleagues suggest people to highlight. Next month is National Jazz Appreciation and Poetry Month. Ms. Barajas, our history teacher, suggested Wanda Coleman, an African American poet and writer who graduated from Fremont High School. I strive to incorporate diversity and inclusion in the announcements of those highlighted.
By Deanna Jones, Librarian; Samuel Smith, Teacher Specialist; and Anise Leslie, Student Interviewer