Does your heart ever swell with pride when you hear the “The Star Spangled Banner” played? I may not be able to hit the high notes when I sing along, but my heart is soaring along with them each time I listen to our national anthem.
As an educator, does your heart ever swell with pride when one of your current or former students is recognized for his/her excellence? I teach with one of my former students who makes me proud every time I have the privilege of working with her.
And so it is with pride that I share the work of three of South Carolina’s own media specialists who have been or will soon be recognized for their excellence.
- Lori June is the media specialist at Alice Drive Elementary School in Sumter, SC. Recently she was contacted by the eChalk Academy Site requesting permission to feature her site on their page. Way to go, Lori! You’ll want to add Lori’s The View from Here blog to your reader. In it she addresses issues of importance to school libraries. Her reflections challenge me to consider my own practices.
- Tamara Cox is the media specialist at Palmetto Middle School in Williamston, SC. What a powerhouse! She shares her passion for reading, technology, and teaching at the Eliterate Librarian. Check out her blog for awesome ideas to incorporate into your program. Thanks for sharing the details of your Gadget Petting Zoo, Tamara!
- Lorena Swetnam is the media specialist at Blythewood Middle School in Blythewood, SC. Lorena recently shared with me the website she created for her library. Wow! She has held nothing back in creating an inviting, informative, and well-organized site for her students and faculty. The slide shows and often updated Library News posts are bound to capture the interest of her students and provide other media specialists with “snaggable” ideas.
Share the Wealth
Both seasoned and new media specialists can spark our imaginations and creativity through their online sharing. Most of you reading this post are familiar with Joyce Valenza, Buffy Hamilton, Gwyneth Jones, Doug Johnson, Carolyn Foote, Cathy Nelson, and Heather Loy.
Who are some of your newest inspirational “finds” online?
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