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MISD Proud Profile Mendy Autry

Get to know Library Media Specialist Mendy Autry!

Mendy Autry What excites you most about your job?
Being a librarian allows me to serve both staff and students. No two days are the same, and every day is a challenge. I can help staff integrate technology resources to create purposefully engaging learning experiences, challenge students to create in the makerspace, and help visitors find things they will enjoy reading, My job is to provide resources to make school better for staff and students.
 
What was your favorite subject in school and why?
English has always been my favorite school subject because it affords an opportunity to discuss the real issues of life.
 
What's a fun fact about you?
I grew up in a technology-rich home. My father is a programmer, and since the 1980's he has specialized in industrial robotics engineering. The first computer he gave me didn't have a hard drive. To play games, I had to enter the coding from gaming magazines. When the computer would turn off, the game would erase; to play the game again, I'd have to create the code again. While I don't remember all of the code I used, it did teach me logical problem-solving. Today, I have that computer available for my students to experience vintage coding.
 
What's your favorite book, or what book do you think everyone should read?
As a middle school reading teacher, my favorite novel to read with students was The Giver by Lois Lowry. I loved the opportunity to visit with students about love, tolerance, and the importance of understanding history to make wise future decisions.