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Meet Our Library Media Specialists

We Love Our Library Media Specialists!

In celebration of National Library Week, we invite you to get to know the amazing library media specialists in Midlothian ISD. Every day they work to open up a new world to our children through reading, creating and collaborating. We appreciate their hard work and dedication to our students!

Elementary

T.E. Baxter Elementary - Nancy Robertson

What made you want to be an LMS?
My love for reading and encouraging others to enjoy books.

What is your favorite thing about your job?
Helping students get hooked on reading by matching their interests with good fit books.

What are you most proud of in your library?
I am most proud of my newly designed and open space.  

J.R. Irvin Elementary - T-Kay Timmerman

What made you want to be an LMS?
All my life I have said, "If I could just get paid to resource for people, I would have found my happy place."  Libraries resource books, ideas, technology and more!

What is your favorite thing about your job?
My favorite thing is watching student's face light up with excitement about a story, an author, or a maker activity that opens a new part of their world!

What are you most proud of in your library?
I am most proud of the openness of our J.R. Irvin library. At any given time, students and teachers are researching, learning, reading, creating, sharing - the active vibe speaks life into our school and into my heart.

Longbranch Elementary - Terrie Money

What made you want to be an LMS?
I taught reading to 5th graders for many years. I love helping students find a book and be excited about reading. I also love helping teachers to help kids explore learning through research and other books.

What is your favorite thing about your job?
Kids finding that just right book! Makes my heart happy.

What are you most proud of in your library?
I am proud that my library is welcoming and inviting to all students throughout the day. It is not just for reading and finding books. I help kids to create, read, explore and wonder.

Dolores W. McClatchey Elementary - Anthony Dorris

What made you want to be an LMS?
A love of children, reading, learning and doing. I went to college to be an engineer but discovered the joy of building young minds to be more rewarding and satisfying.

What is your favorite thing about your job?
The kids and getting to encourage their passions every day. When you can guide a student to a new idea, new book, new construct, a new attitude, well then you are blessed and a blessing to someone else.

What are you most proud of in your library?
My relationships with students, staff and the community. Only through these will my job as a librarian be able to make a real difference.

LaRue Miller Elementary - Melissa Bolgiano

What made you want to be an LMS?
I have always loved to read, and I love to share the wonder of reading with others. Being an LMS seemed the perfect job for me. I became an LMS before iPads and other digital options were available for students, so now the job is even more fun with all of the advancements in technology.

What is your favorite thing about your job?
I enjoy the variety that each day in the library brings. I love that one minute I can be helping a class with research, and the next I am matching a reader to the perfect book.

What are you most proud of in your library?
I am most proud that students want to come to the library. Whether it's coming to work in the Makerspace area, checking out a new book, or working together with other students on a project - students view the library as a fun, safe, and welcoming place.

Mt. Peak Elementary - Kristi Ramirez

What made you want to be an LMS?
I wanted the opportunity to work with both students and teachers in order to promote a love of learning and reading.

What is your favorite thing about your job?
I love getting to do activities that get the whole school involved. Our most exciting activity this year has been the Masked Reader (a spin on the hit show the Masked Singer). Teachers provided clues to their identities and the whole school was involved in guessing who they were. It was a lot of fun for everyone!

What are you most proud of in your library?
I am most proud of our new library murals. With funding from the last Bond that was passed, I was allowed to choose new murals for our library walls. They turned out great and students really love them too!

J.A. Vitovsky - Susan Jones

What made you want to be an LMS?
I've been a bookworm since I was in first grade! I used to save 50 cents and mail it off to get a new paperback book. (Yes, I used to mail cash!) I worked at the university library during college, and many years later when I was subbing, I realized the library made me the happiest!

What is your favorite thing about your job?
I love helping students find a book that is just right for them!

What are you most proud of in your library?
The collection is diverse and students can find a book that interests them and inspires them to learn more.

Secondary

Frank Seale Middle School - Becky Shuffield

What made you want to be an LMS?
I was inspired by Terri Adamson Blank to become an LMS. I love to read and I want to inspire students to love reading. I like the challenge of trying to connect a reluctant reader to a book that will "hook" them. I also like the challenge of assisting students and teachers using the "premium" resources (databases) available to them in MISD instead of relying solely on a Google search and/or Wikipedia.

What is your favorite thing about your job?
I love working in a variety of ways with students and teachers.

What are you most proud of in your library?
That it is geographically the center of the school, but also the center of the school as a welcoming place for all; that it is an extension of the classroom.

Walnut Grove Middle School - Mendy Autry

What made you want to be an LMS?
I wanted to be able to help all of the students and staff on my campus use technology and resources in meaningful ways. Libraries are about recreational reading, but libraries are also about teaching information fluency, creativity, productivity, communication, and community.

What is your favorite thing about your job?
I enjoy growing relationships with the staff and students.

What are you most proud of in your library?
I am proud that the WGMS library is a place students and staff come to collaborate, learn, and enjoy the library community.

Heritage High School - Melissa Everhart

What made you want to be an LMS?
I am a librarian because I believe in the power of story to transform lives. Like so many others, I believe that reading about people who are like us provides a mirror to help us know who we are, and I also believe that reading about those whose lives and backgrounds are different from ours provides a lens we can learn to sharpen and focus. When we do that, we see more clearly the needs of others, and because we know who we are, we are able to reach out, to connect, and ultimately to help others. The library provides the tools for students to discover these stories and empowers them to tell their own.

What is your favorite thing about your job?
I love putting the right book or resource in the hands of my students. Helping them find exactly what they need always makes my day!

What are you most proud of in your library?
I am most proud of my student leadership team. They are an amazing group of students who are passionate about our library and the resources we provide. They are always coming up with new ways to reach our students and staff.

Midlothian High School - Julie Post

What made you want to be an LMS?
I was looking for a new challenge that would allow me to do a variety of things and work with a wide range of students and teachers. Librarian was a good fit because I am interested in how we acquire, use, and think critically about information.

What is your favorite thing about your job?
I enjoy getting to focus on information in all of its forms and having the ability to learn and work with different disciplines. I also get to work with intelligent people that love to read and learn new things.

What are you most proud of in your library?
We've done a lot of cleaning out, updating, and streamlining of how we serve patrons. Our library faces unique challenges and our staff work well to handle them while continuing to serve our patrons well.