Meet the Candidates
Check out our candidates before the election.
Current Position: Elementary Library Media Specialist at Anchor Pointe Elementary in Bennington, Nebraska.
Why you feel you are qualified for the position: I have loved libraries my entire life. I am currently in my 9th year as primarily an elementary librarian serving PreK through fifth graders, however I have also taught sixth graders and high schoolers in the library as well. I have always loved to share what is happening in my library. I know that my experience working with PreK through high schoolers will help me be an effective member of the NSLA board.
Why you want to serve on the NSLA board: I would love to join the NSLA board so that I can continue learning as much as I can about awesome libraries in our communities throughout the state. I never want to stop learning how to be the most effective librarian that I can be for our ever changing world. I believe I would be a welcome addition because I love to share what I do in my library and I love learning new ways to make the library a fun and exciting place to be. I want to be a stronger advocate for the wonderful things happening in libraries across our country.
Current Position: I am in my second year as the PreK-12th grade school librarian at Amherst Public School. I graduated in May 2019 with my Master of Science--Instructional Technology-School Librarian Concentration from UNK.
Why you feel you are qualified for the position: As a recent graduate, I feel like I have a fresh appreciation for the field and can bring positivity to the group. I spent 10 years in preschool and 4 years in 1st grade before coming to the library. I think that experiences with those young students also give me a better understanding of expectations and ideas for them when it comes to the library. I work in a school that uses Accelerated Reader, and I am the administrator, so I feel that that knowledge base will help me as well bring a bit of knowledge to the position.
Why you want to serve on the NSLA board: As a school librarian in a small school, I think it is so very important for us to keep fighting to keep librarians in our schools. We need to stand together and keep talking and working to show all the ways that students, staff and schools need us in their buildings. We have to keep showing them that we are there for more than helping with books. We are there to help all students, staff and patrons learn the importance of digital citizenship, keep encouraging and learning those STEM skills, nurture an inclusive learning space for all, and promote the love of reading to everyone at their own level. I truly think that my voice alone won’t be loud enough and that I need all of you to come alongside me to be loud and clear on our message.
Current Position: Media Specialist, Skyline Elementary, Elkhorn Public Schools. I will finish my school library certification in May, 2020.
Why you feel you are qualified for the position: I'm qualified to serve as a Board member because of my experience both as a media specialist and a reading specialist. I have been a media specialist for two years and I have learned so much about libraries through my coursework at UNO and through my work with other media specialists in Elkhorn. I advocate for all students to have access to high quality literature that meets their interests and abilities. I will continue to work with other librarians to see that their libraries are able to provide the same access for their students.
Why you want to serve on the NSLA board: I hope to serve on the Board of NSLA because I believe that school libraries are the heartbeat of a school and the NSLA gives librarians in Nebraska the tools necessary to keep the heartbeat strong. Before becoming a media specialist, I was a reading specialist for 13 years. I loved teaching students how to read, but I wanted to foster a true love of reading in students. Being a media specialist has allowed me to do this in my school library. As a member of NSLA I have provided me the opportunity to learn more about my profession through networking and professional development opportunities. As a member of the Board, I hope to continue to support other librarians in the same way.
Current Position: School Librarian and English Teacher at Palmer Public School. I earned my Master's Degree in Instructional Technology with a K-12 Media Endorsement from the University of Nebraska - Kearney
Why you feel you are qualified for the position: I am qualified to be a member of the NSLA Board because I have eleven years of experience working in a PK-12 library system. I understand the importance of teaching digital citizenship, having access to resources, and practicing the freedom to read. Early literacy and encouraging students to read by selecting the right books is a passion of mine. I also direct the summer reading program for my community to offer opportunities for patrons to access books.
Why you want to serve on the NSLA board: School libraries are the center of learning in any school. They are essential for our students to discover the world. I want to make sure that school libraries continue to grow and expand their outreach to children. I want to be a part of the future of libraries and help libraries serve their students to the best of their ability. Being a board member of the NSLA will allow me to support my fellow school librarians and be a positive voice for the future of libraries.
Current Position: Fremont High School Librarian and Tech Integrationist. Also head of the FHS District Technology team. I am currently obtaining my second Master's Degree in Library and Information Science from Mizzou. I have a previous Master's Degree in Literacy and a School Library Endorsement from UNO.
Why you feel you are qualified for the position:
I feel I am qualified for the position because I am organized and good with people. I have a variety of experiences ranging from elementary librarian to high school librarian. I have served on numerous committees, and I have a ton of experience being a secretary in other organizations. I feel that I have experience being a leader in my school and district, and would love a chance to be a leader through the NSLA organization. I regularly present with the Nebraska Library Commission on Children's literature and I present regularly at the NLA conference. I try to advocate as much as I am able for School Libraries in Nebraska.
Why you want to serve on the NSLA board:
School Libraries are my life. I am an advocate for school libraries in all aspects of my life. I volunteer, and represent, school libraries in Literacy functions as well as at conferences. I eat, sleep, live, and breathe libraries. I also have a mini library in my house. School libraries are important to me because they are doorways to the future. Not only are they the hub of the school, but they are the glue that hold the school together. I am very passionate about school libraries and giving them a voice. I also want to change the dynamic of the school library. I want to advocate for school libraries and demonstrate that we are not the bun wearing, glasses toting, shushing librarians of yesteryear. We are technology influencers, bloggers, tweeters, social media connoisseurs, and inquiry leaders. I want to showcase that to all of Nebraska.
Current Position: K-6 Library Curriculum Chair for Westside Community Schools and Librarian at Hillside Elementary School
Why you feel you are qualified for the position: When I originally went to college to become a teacher, librarianship was not on my radar. However, after speaking to Dr. Pasco and beginning the program, I knew it was where I belonged. Libraries have so much potential to impact student experiences at school and there are countless opportunities for growth and learning. Whether it’s through the inquiry process, picking up a great book or through a hands-on makerspace activity, the possibilities are endless. I believe that libraries are the one place in a school where students can truly let go, explore their interests, and feel safe in who they are.
For the past three years, I have held a library leadership position in my district in addition to teaching and running my own library. In this role, I have been able to support both new and experienced librarians by leading professional development, mentoring first-year librarians, creating curriculum resources based on AASL standards, and organizing library practices/policies. In addition to my curriculum chair position, I have also been a part of my district’s technology team and NDE’s Future Ready Librarian group.
Why you want to serve on the NSLA board: My experiences and passion for libraries have led me to NSLA, and I am interested in serving on the board, specifically as the secretary, because I want to become an integral part of an organization that supports school librarians across the state. As a part of the NSLA Board, my hope is to work with others to encourage and challenge librarians to better themselves professionally. I believe that I would be successful in the role of NSLA secretary because I am very dedicated, organized, and hard-working.