How did I get so lucky as to land a dream job in the Outer Banks of North Carolina?
I never would have imagined that I would be an elementary media coordinator but now that it's my profession, it feels like a perfect fit. "Media Coordinator" is the fancy, 21st century term for "school librarian." I prefer the title because it always elicits a conversation about what my job entails and it's WAY more involved than you probably remember from your school library experience!
By completing a Masters degree program in Library Science at East Carolina University, I picked up skills on how to help students build their reading habits, keys to building an effective collection for my school, as well as methods to be a resource to teachers in their curricular needs. Perhaps the most exciting part of my field is being able to incorporating technology as a learning tool, creating lessons that enhance classroom skills, and encouraging students to explore their interests and natural curiosities.
Working in the library is not all about checking out books - I get to teach, coach, listen, foster creativity, collaborate, promote literacy, and more! The fun part of being the media coordinator is seeing how students grow as readers... from anxious Kindergarteners who seek popular characters, to 4th and 5th graders who are up to a new challenge! Another facet of my job that I love is working with educators around the state. My partner-in-crime, Tavia Clark, has joined me in some fantastic experiences, such as serving as the NCSLMA social media co-chair, tackled digital coaching as part of the NC Digital Leaders Coaching Network (cohort 2), launched a virtual PD website (QuicktechbyTM.com) and a Twitter Young Adult book club (#YearofYA).
What I do for my job is important to me, but it's not ALL of me. I'm a beach girl through and through, and living along the coast of NC is a dream come true. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill w/ Highest Honors in Comparative Literature and marrying the love of my life, we packed up and drove as far East as we could until we landed in the Outer Banks. My #1 past time is reading, but I also am working on writing a few novels of my own, and go for daily walks with my fur kid (a big yellow lab named Beau). Living at the beach brings out lots of outdoor adventures too, like paddleboarding, fishing, golfing, and flying a kite. Living where we love makes working for a living even more enjoyable.
The subpages of this "About Me" section are a professional portfolio I completed as a part of my MLS thesis.
Please explore the pages to learn more about how my experience and education make me the OBX Librarian I am today.