April 5 - 9, 2021 is National Library Week! Get to know our amazing librarians and see the wonderful impact they have had on our students.
T.E. Baxter Elementary - Lynne Gubichuk
I am very excited to be returning to the elementary library here at Baxter. This career path provides me the opportunity to work with everyone on the campus and even those throughout the district. Through this path I am fortunate to teach, as well as learn, new concepts, introduce critical thinking skills, encourage digital citizenship, and promote a love of reading. This week my love of teaching was reinforced when a parent shared with me that their child made fry bread after hearing me read the story to their class. The fact that this student took something he had learned about at school and took it a step farther warmed my heart!
I am blessed to have been married to my wonderful husband, Roger, for 40 years. We have two amazing boys, I am a mother-in-law, as well as a Mamo to a 3-year-old grandson.
My teaching degrees were earned at Southwestern College in Kansas. I immediately began teaching in Winfield, Kansas and continued for 11 years. I began seeking my master's degree at Fort Hays State University in Kansas and am continuing at TAMU Commerce.
I enjoy reading, golfing, and spending time outdoors.
J.R. Irvin Elementary - T-Kay Timmerman
“Mrs. Timmerman! I love my book!” These are the best words. I so enjoy being a teacher/librarian at J.R. Irvin. My highest moments are when I can resource for teachers and students a book, a website, a tool that helps move them along in their educational goals. Students are so honest and open. We have the best discussions on what the author meant for us to see or learn in their work and how it applies to us. It is such a privilege to work and promote literacy and digital information skills while expanding our school culture in the STEAM/Maker Space.
This is my 10th year in the library and my 24th year in education, all of which have been in Midlothian ISD. My husband and I live in Midlothian and travel as often as possible to visit our two daughters, their husbands and our new grandsons. When home, you can find me out on the kayak or walking my fluffy dog, which a student named Echo after the book she was reading at the time, ECHO by Pam Ryan Munoz.
Longbranch Elementary - Terrie Money
I have the best job on campus! I get to serve all the Longbranch staff and all of the Longbranch students. I love promoting the love of reading and listening to a reluctant reader that tells me, “I think I finally found a book that has really grabbed me!” Oh please be still my heart! I have fun sharing books, teaching digital citizenship skills and information literacy skills and I love helping students and staff with technology.
I am happily married to my sweet husband for the past 33 years. I have three amazing and beautiful daughters and one sweet son-in-law. I have been with MISD for 15 years and the Librarian at LBE for 7 years. I graduated from UNT twice. The last time with my Masters in Information and Library Sciences. My hobbies are reading new books to put in the library, church and my newest hobby of kayaking! I just bought some kayaks and cannot wait to get out there in the water.
McClatchey Elementary - Anthony Dorris
I love to help people to reach their potential and in the library, and we do that every day. While the librarian duties have changed over two and a half decades, the needs for our patrons to find reading material and information has not changed. It is a joy to help people find and explore their passions every day, any time, anywhere.
This is living the dream. I am married to my high school sweetheart (30 years in October!) and am a proud father to an incredible 16-year-old daughter. I fell into the library profession after guidance from some very good people, and have been privileged to work the dream for the last 26 years.
Mt. Peak Elementary - Kristi Ramirez
I absolutely love the relationships I get to build with students and teachers as an elementary librarian. With our youngest students, I get the opportunity to read a variety of stories that help to foster and build a love of reading! I also incorporate lessons that integrate technology or dig deeper into the concepts they are learning in class. Collaborating with teachers is another passion of mine. Together, we plan lessons for our students that integrate using reliable resources for research and critical thinking.
Kristi Ramirez grew up in Midlothian and graduated from Midlothian High School in the class of 2000. She earned her Bachelor's in Education at Texas Christian University in 2004 and taught PreK - 1st grade for 11 years. She went on to earn her Master's degree in Library Science from the University of North Texas. This is Kristi’s 15th year in Midlothian ISD and 6th year as Library Media Specialist of Mt. Peak Elementary. Kristi lives in Waxahachie with her husband, Michael, who is also a Midlothian graduate.
J.A. Vitovsky Elementary - Elizabeth Mathews
Being an elementary librarian is the most fun and rewarding job. I love that every child gets the opportunity to come to the most magical place on campus to explore a world outside their own, find their passion and discover new possibilities. I truly believe that every child is a reader, and it is my goal to help them find a book they will enjoy and treasure for a lifetime.
My husband and I met while proudly serving in the military. We have two children. My son is active duty in the United States Air Force, and my daughter is a freshman at MHS. Our goal one day is to have a miniature animal farm, but for right now we have one chicken, one fish, one sheep (for AG, but secretly want to keep him), and two dogs.
I have been in education for eleven years. I graduated from Texas A&M-Commerce with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master of Science in Library Science and Educational Technology.
Dieterich Middle School - Lindsay Gardner
As a first-year librarian, this year has been exciting in many different ways to say the least! I was incredibly blessed to open a brand new library this year at Dieterich Middle School. I have had an amazing time getting to know all of our new Bobcats! The beauty of being a librarian is I still get to pursue my love of teaching. It is exciting being able to work with all the students, see the diversity of the school, and learn and collaborate with all teachers and librarians across the district. As the librarian, I strive to create a safe and inclusive space for all to come learn, create, and explore! I hope to continue to grow in this position in the years ahead. I know there are many more amazing things to learn!
I am married to my high school sweetheart, and fightin’ Texas Aggie husband, Matt. I graduated from Tarleton State University (Go Texans!), but we definitely bleed maroon in our house. We have a one-year-old daughter, Ellison, who entertains us daily, and never fails to keep us on our toes. She has been our greatest and best adventure!
I started my career in 2013 teaching 6th and 8th-grade ELAR at Frank Seale, and then moved down to be with my sweet 4th graders at Baxter Elementary from 2018-2020. I would not be where I am today without the amazing support and encouragement of MISD leaders, teachers, and Librarians, especially the one and only Frank Seale librarian, Becky Shuffield! She inspired me to go on this journey and was one of my biggest cheerleaders through school. MISD truly has the best LMS team there is!
Frank Seale Middle School - Becky Shuffield
Having originally started my librarianship career at J.R. Irvin Elementary, I have had the pleasure of working in the FSMS Library for 15 years! I consider myself a life-long learner and as a school librarian, I model and promote that with the students and teachers I serve. I do consider librarianship a service, which I love! Not only do I get to direct students to books they will enjoy reading, I also get to teach them, and the faculty and staff, about premium research resources and techniques, and about being the best digital citizens they can be in an ever-changing digital environment.
I am happily married (40 years this summer) to my wonderful husband, Wayne. We have one daughter, Amy, who is the theatre teacher at Midlothian Heritage High School & is married to our awesome son-in-law, Jeffrey. They gave us our precious grandson, Bennett, a little over 18 months ago!
I graduated from Hardin-Simmons University with a Bachelor of Education degree in Elementary (K-8) & Special Education. I worked several years as a Special Ed & ELA teacher for 4th, 5th, & 6th-graders in several different school districts and a private school in North and Central Texas since my husband is a minister and we moved often! We have made our home in Midlothian since 2000, the longest I’ve lived anywhere! In 2010 I earned my Master of Library and Information Sciences degree from the University of North Texas.
Walnut Grove Middle School - Mendy Autry
Being a librarian allows me to know and serve all the staff and students on my campus while encouraging a love of reading, promoting critical thinking, teaching information literacy skills, and encouraging collaborative design and implementation of technology-rich and engaging learning experiences.
With twenty-seven years of experience in public education, Mendy Autry has served as a reading teacher, librarian, and district administrator. Since joining MISD in 2015, Mendy has served as Walnut Grove Middle School Librarian and MISD Lead Librarian. Prior to working in MISD, she was the Instructional Technology Coordinator and Coordinator of Academic Enrichment for Duncanville ISD for thirteen years, during which time she worked with school libraries, instructional technology, gifted and talented programs, fine arts, online testing, district data systems, and response to intervention (RTI). Mendy lives in Midlothian with her husband and daughter, who is a senior at Heritage High School.
Heritage High School - Collin Stephenson
As a librarian, I have been able to open up the possibilities of how I serve my school community. Being able to work with any curriculum not only allows me to connect with students with different passions but also to continue learning new things myself. Balancing literacy, technology, and community creates the opportunity to be a part of the most exciting and innovative parts of education.
A DFW native, I graduated from Waxahachie in 2012 and completed a degree in Literature at the University of North Texas. After teaching English in Coppell, Prosper, and Waxahachie, I found a library home in Midlothian. I will complete my Master’s degree from UNT in May of 2021.
Midlothian High School - Julie Post
As a high school librarian, I enjoy working with a wide range of students and faculty providing curricular support, encouraging literacy and a love of learning, and teaching the importance of critical thinking. I want our library to be a place of acceptance where our MHS community can find resources that both challenge their thinking and reflect their own life, allowing them to imagine what is possible.
My educational background began in the natural sciences. As a certified teacher, I started my teaching career in Mesquite in 2009 teaching middle school science. I taught science for several years in Mansfield ISD and then joined Midlothian ISD in 2017 as the MHS librarian. I graduated from the University of North Texas in 2018 with a Master of Science degree in Library Science.
I am committed to lifelong learning that develops one's creative, professional, and personal life. Exploring new spaces and experiences in books and in real life is a fundamental part of this journey.