As a teacher librarian I had the unique opportunity to build a school library program from the ground up. Under my leadership a team of teachers and parent volunteers created a dynamic school library program. The library program we created was a central part of the students' elementary school life. We developed reading incentive programs, weekly storytime, author visits, and many other special events.
The use of technology also played a crucial role in our library program. We established a iMac media lab, digital storytelling classes, and an e-book and audiobook library for our students. You can see more about the program on my projects page or you can also visit www.tokoslibrary.com .
As a former special education teacher my teaching practice begins with idea that every student is unique and deserves to have their emotional, social, and learning needs taken into consideration in every lesson.
I have more than twenty years experience working with students ages five to eighteen. I worked for ten years as language arts teacher for students in grades 4, 5, and 6. I have also taught science and mathematics. I have experience both teaching and creating teaching materials to support the US common core standards and UK Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum.
I am a Google Certified Educator and as such am experienced in utilizing Google Classroom and Google Apps for Education within my classroom. I believe technology can serve as a valuable learning tool when its use is developed to support the curriculum. I have consistently put this belief and my technology skills to use in my classroom and am very proud of the work done by my students. Some of this work can be seen at my class website from Tokyo Korean School.
As a Special Education Consultant in the United States Peace Corps I conducted teacher training focusing on writing individualized education plans and on classroom managment.
Management & Leadership
As the library coordinator at Tokyo Korean School I led a team of teachers in developing the school library program. Under my leadership the library program grew to include a creation space, multimedia production, an iMac media lab, weekly storytime, author visits, reading incentive programs, and after school program. The program was staffed by parent volunteers.
I provided training and support to parent volunteers in various aspects of managing the school library. I also led professional development opportunities for teachers and worked collaboratively with them on integrating library resources into their lessons.
Additionally, I was responsible for writing and implementing the library program budget each year.
I co-founded our school's branch of the local teacher's union. Through our efforts we improved communication with the administration, increased the professional development budget, and maintained the academic integrity of the English immersion program.
Library Coordinator, Teacher
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Small Business Owner
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MSc Information Studies, Library Science