Originally from Prestonsburg, KY, I have been a school librarian since 2001 in Kentucky's elementary and secondary schools. I have worked in the public school systems of Fayette County, Hart County, Franklin County, and now Shelby County. I consider my approach to school libraries as a balance between promoting a love and appreciation of literature in the school community and advocating for innovative technology use that helps students and teachers accomplish their personal and academic goals.
An alumna of Transylvania University (B.A. in Teaching English) and the University of Kentucky (Master's in Library and Information Science), I am very proud to be a National Board Certified Teacher in Library Media (initial cert. 2008, renewal 2017). Some of my other accomplishments include being a 2-time winner of the Kentucky Association of School Librarians (KASL) Donna Hornsby Joint Technology Award for collaboration with classroom teachers (check out one of those projects here), being selected to take part in the Next Generation Instructional Design project through The Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky, and being named LeGrande Elementary's Teacher of the Year in 2017.
I am currently the School Librarian at the Marnel C. Moorman School in Shelbyville, KY. A frequent presenter at state-level library and EdTech conferences (i.e. KLA, KASL Summer Refresher, KYSTE, #KYGoDigital), I have also served as a Digital Literacy and School Library Consultant for the Kentucky Educational Development Corporation (KEDC) and am the President of the Kentucky Association of School Librarians (KASL) for the 2019-2020 school year.