Lisa Barnes Prince
In my eight years as an LMS, I have been with the Chippewa Local, Kent and Akron City school districts. Currently, I am employed with Manchester Local Schools as the District Media Specialist. In addition to my duties, I am an academic challenge coach at the high school and am the liaison for the district with the South Side Leader local newspaper. I am very excited to be chosen to participate in the OELMA leadership academy and look forward to my future challenges!
Washington Nile Local School District | Portsmouth West Middle School
I am currently serving on our District Technology Committee ( I currently co/chair our district technology team with our High School Librarian Kristie Copley. Our goal is to bring the most up to date technology to our district as well as implement training for such programs to our district staff.
I am also a current member of our District PBIS ( Positive Behavior and Intervention Support) Committee. This committee is dedicated to providing positive support to our students and staff.
Shelley is in her 24th year of public education. The last 16 have been some of the most rewarding serving as a Teacher Librarian across the district for Rossford Schools. She is a Google Level 1 and 2 Educator as as well as an iCoach for INFOhio. She is married with four sons. She is passionate about traveling, reading and learning something new every day.
Dublin City Schools | Eli Pinney Elementary
Jamie Riley is the Media Specialist at Eli Pinney Elementary in Dublin, Ohio. She is in her 19th year of teaching and her 6th year as a media specialist. In her school library she works to help students choose books and other texts to develop reading and writing skills and to foster a love of reading. Other literacies, including informational, digital, media and visual literacies are also key components of her instruction. During her time as a media specialist she has worked to integrate technology into instruction of first through fifth graders in the media center and to develop a technology curriculum for elementary media centers in Dublin City Schools. She has also established a successful makerspace in her school’s library. She is the Lead Elementary Media Specialist for Dublin City Schools and has developed and facilitated regular professional development sessions for media specialists across the district. She also regularly leads professional development sessions for elementary teachers in the Dublin City Schools and for media specialists who are part of OELMA (Ohio Educational Library Media Association).
I am in my 11th year as an elementary teacher librarian for Rossford Schools (just outside Toledo) and absolutely love my job. I am married to my hilarious husband, Dan. We love to travel and enjoy vegan food (cooking and eating out) together.
In her 11th year as a teacher librarian, Jennifer Flaherty is currently teaching at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent, Ohio. Her passion is to make the library the community hub of the school and a place for students to learn together to collaborate, problem solve, evaluate and produce information. Jennifer is a Google Certified Trainer and INFOhio iCoach. Her past teaching positions have included Beachwood City Schools, Euclid City Schools, and Faith Islamic Academy. When not using her librarian superpowers, she can be found outside playing with her three kids, singing along word for word to the “Hamilton” soundtrack, or trying to find a quiet place to take a nap.
My name is Heidi Fletcher. I am the District Librarian for Madison-Plains Local School District. I started my school librarianship in 2011, before that I was the director of the Mount Sterling Public Library. I love getting people involved with the library and excited about having a great library in their community.
Meagan Fowler is an Instructional Librarian at Saint Joseph Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school in Cleveland, and an adjunct librarian at Cuyahoga Community College. Her passions include information literacy instruction, curriculum design, and the open access movement. Meagan lives in Lakewood, Ohio with her husband and two rescue cats.
Karen Gedeon is the Middle School Media Specialist at Cuyahoga Falls City Schools where she manages two facilities servicing 1100 total students. She has brought dull and boring rooms into vibrant places where students want to be which include maker spaces, relaxation stations, assistant work programs, book clubs, reading grants and more. She loves her job and wouldn’t trade being a teacher-librarian for anything. At home she has been married forever and has two beautiful daughters: one at Ohio State and one in grad school at the University of Amsterdam.
I am in my fourth year with the Shaker Heights School District. My main goals as a school librarian are to maintain a diverse reading collection that reflects the lives and interests of my students and to facilitate student exploration and acquisition of future ready skills so they may be productive and innovative citizens of the world.
Westerville City Schools | Heritage Middle School
Melissa Lawson has been the district library media specialist for the Union-Scioto Local Schools and the Unioto High School librarian since the fall of 2012. Some of her favorite parts of her job include advising her long-running book club and revamping her space (and culture) to be more welcoming and inclusive. Prior to earning her MLIS, she taught high school English in Ohio and South Carolina and worked on a grant that studied the effects of television and media on young adults’ education. She lives with her husband and two children and harbors an incessant wanderlust.
Orange City School District | Brady Middle School
With over 25 years of teaching experience, Betsey Lee is currently working with sixth-eighth graders as the Media Specialist and a Technology Integration Specialist, at Brady Middle School in the Orange City Schools, in Pepper Pike, Ohio. Her teaching responsibilities include sharing literature through booktalks, providing research instruction and assistance, and supporting classroom instruction through the use of technology and the selection and identification of print and digital resources. She began her career as a kindergarten teacher in the Cleveland Municipal School District, Cleveland, Ohio in 1992 where she also worked as a district resource teacher for technology and an Elementary Media Specialist. Additionally, she has served as a Media Specialist in the Mentor and Euclid school districts. Betsey received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Education from Allegheny College, and a Master’s degree in Library Science from Kent State University, with Elementary (K-8) and Library Media (K-12) certifications. She is a member of the American Library Association (ALA), Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), American Association of School Librarians (AASL), Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA) and the PTA.
Woodridge Local Schools
Sarah Mowery is a Library Media Specialist and an Educational Technology Specialist who has been working in the library field for 14 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in Library Science from East Carolina University. She is currently taking coursework at Kent State University to add-on the Instructional Technology/Computer endorsement to her teaching license. She began her library career working as a Children’s Librarian at the Wood County District Public Library, worked for seven years for North Carolina Public Schools in elementary and middle school library settings and in Ohio, K-12, public school settings for the last five years. Her career focus has been on collaboration, technology integration and always what is best for students. She is a member of OELMA, ALA, and AASL. She recently became a member of Ohio Blended Collaborative (OBC) and Ohio Small & Rural Collaborative (OSRC) and has been an INFOhio ICoach. She spends her time outside of work with her amazing husband, Adam, beautiful daughters, Ella (7) and Nora (2), and miniature dachshund, Ashe! She is a lover of technology, realistic fiction, hot tea, and summer days.
Amy Price is the District Library Media Specialist for Princeton City Schools. With 20 years experience in school libraries, Amy coordinates the libraries for eight elementary buildings, one middle school and one high school for a total of 5,900 students district wide. A passion project of hers is the district’s Mobile Book Center which was launched in the summer of 2017. Amy lives in Milford, OH with her husband and two young daughters.
This is my sixth year as a school librarian, and my second at East Woods and McDowell Elementary schools in the Hudson City School District. I teach around 750 3rd, 4th and 5th graders each week! I live in Streetsboro, Ohio with my husband and two children.
Julie is the District Librarian for the Loudonville Perrysville Exempted Village School District. She has been in this position for 5 years. Before that, she was a District Librarian in Wisconsin and a 7th grade English Teacher. She loves that her job allows her to teach literacy to all age levels. She lives in Millersburg, Ohio with her husband and three daughters.
Jennifer Seebauer has been the librarian at Teays Valley Local School’s two middle schools for 9 years. Her focus is on building avid, lifelong readers who have the opportunity to explore the world through books.
South-Western City School District
Brandi Young is a Library Media Specialist who has been working in the field of education for 10 years. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Ohio University (Adolescent to Young Adult English Language Arts) and a Master’s of Library and Information Science from Kent State University. Brandi begun her teaching career as a high school English teacher and theater director in Newark City Schools. While earning her Master’s degree, Brandi moved in-district to be the librarian at Wilson Middle School. She then broadened her horizons by becoming the library media specialist at Cherrington, Huber Ridge, and Alcott Elementary schools with Westerville City Schools. Brandi then moved to INFOhio, where she was an Integration Librarian and worked on tech skills for online testing, Makerspaces, technology integration, Open Education Resources, and many more! Though Brandi enjoyed her work at INFOhio, she missed working with students on a daily basis, and in August 2017, she accepted a position at Library Media Specialist with South-Western City School District working with the amazing staff and students at Westland High School. Brandi’s focus has always been on what is best for students in an ever-changing world of technology and education, and how she can best assist her students and collaborate with her staff to provide the best opportunities possible for all. She is a member of OELMA, AASL, ALA, YALSA, ISTE, OCTELA, and is an INFOhio D/B ICoach. Brandi also participated in Library Leadership Ohio. Outside of work, Brandi spends her time with her husband, Jay, their 2 ½ year old son, Asher, and their four fur babies (Sirius, Phoebe, Othello, and Desdemona). Brandi loves all things technology and books!