"I credit the UWSSLEC program for helping me find my true passion"
The UWSSLEC program has been both challenging and extremely rewarding. With the tools they’ve given me, our school libraries have gone from dreary, cold places where teachers and students utilized the spaces only for checking out books, to places that are lively and engaging.
Today, I work with teachers throughout our district on various technology projects, research projects, and more. Teachers are collaborating more and engaging their students more. I’ve started new programs in the district like Battle of the Books, Middle School Book Club, Camp Read-a-Lot, many collaborative projects, and more. I credit the UWSSLEC program for helping me find my true passion. The library is where I am meant to be, but I wouldn’t feel this way if I was just sitting behind a desk and telling students to “shhhhh” all day.
I’m positive that because of the education and experiences I’ve gained through the UWSSLEC program, I am the library media specialist I am today – I’ve become a leader in our district, challenging teachers and students to try new things. Last year, I was awarded the NORTA award, an annual award sponsored by the Northern Wisconsin Retired Teachers Association. This award is given to one teacher in a district each year. Teachers are nominated by and voted on by their peers.I was truly honored to receive the reward in the spring of 2009.