After 20 years in the classroom, I recently took the position as head librarian of the Reinberger Middle School Library at The Columbus Academy in Gahanna, Ohio. I graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brandeis University with a degree in English and American Literature. I earned a Master's Degree in Education at Columbia University Teachers College, where I concentrated in the education of the gifted. In my early teaching years, I taught middle school English and language arts at some of the top private schools in New York, including Trinity School and The Chapin School. I also taught middle school English at Nashoba Brooks School in Concord, Massachusetts. In addition to my time in the classroom, I served as a docent at The Columbus Museum of Art for several years. I have a strong interest in technology, and I've made technology in the classroom the focus of my job as a librarian. I am currently a Master's student at the Kent State University School of Library Science, and I hope to finish my degree by 2013.
I created my blog to reach out to other middle school teachers and readers of Young Adult literature. I want to offer my expertise in educating middle school students to the teaching community through dynamic lesson plans, discussions of educational pedagogy, and the exploration of technology. I am also looking forward to joining the network of educators using blogging to connect with avid readers, writers, and teachers around the globe.
I recently completed my first YA novel, The Power of Merit Ruhl, the first book in a planned series. I am an avid reader of both YA and adult fiction, and my interests also include art history, architecture, and sustainable design. I live in the Columbus, Ohio, area with my family.
I can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
YA literature, curriculum design for the middle school classroom, technology in the classroom