May 15th Event: Celebrate You

Celebrate You

May 15th, 2021 from 9:00am - 12:00pm
Registration Deadline: Monday May 1oth
Cost: OELMA Members - $25  |  Non-Members - $45

Calling all educators! We know it has been an unprecedented and rough school year. You deserve to be pampered and focus on you and your upcoming summer vacation. Join us to learn how to mix your pleasure and business. We will give you the latest on using technology with mindfulness in your library. Focus on social-emotional learning and the whole child approach. Doing a lot of weeding this school year? Learn a cool craft that you can make with pages from your discarded books and items from the Dollar Tree. All this for a great price!

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Dr. Dana Kepler

Dana Kepler is a librarian at Park Hill High School in Kansas City, Missouri. She has a Master's in Library Science and Information Systems from Central Missouri State University, and Education Specialist from University of Missouri, a Doctorate from Saint Louis University, and earned a National Board Certification in Library Media. Over the years, Dana has learned to mix with pleasure through earned through grants and conference opportunities. These have increased for in , as well as provided relevant professional to increase and collaboration and library use.

Dana will share some of her experiences including free travel opportunities to India, Israel, Washington D.C. and the Library of Congress, Connecticut and the Mark Twain Museum, as well as tips on how mixing business and pleasure can help you take care of you! These opportunities are also a great way to increase your national and international network of colleagues. Dana has also received several grants for library resources. She will share a list of opportunities to apply for in the coming year.

Angela Wojtecki

Angela has been with Nordonia Hills City Schools since 2012. She loves all things technology and library. Angela is currently the District Librarian and technology integrationist and manages all six school libraries in her district. She is also a Past President of the Ohio Educational Library Media Association and represented Ohio school librarians at the national level through the American Association of School Librarians. Angela is currently serving on the American Association of School Librarians Best Tools for Teaching and Learning Committee.

Angela helps co-teach the district's Knights of the Tech Table and professional development series. She was also awarded the 2018 Information Technology Innovator Award and the 2019 School Library Media Specialist of the Year from the Ohio Educational Library Media Association. Be sure to follow her on Twitter: @AngelaWojtecki

Angela and Annette will delve in to how to integrate technology and mindfulness into your library. Join flower children Angela and Annette as we embrace your free spirit and learn together about a variety of online resources which help you blend technology with mindful practices and techniques. The end result is a more calming, peaceful, and focused learning environment where learners are more successful as a result.

Annette Lang

Annette Lang has been a technology teacher for over 15 years. Prior to teaching Annette worked in the advertising field. In 2000 she obtained a Master of Arts in Teaching from Kent State. She completed her library endorsement in 2013 and worked as a district librarian. She has taught 4th-12 grades. Currently Annette is working as a STEM Integration Coach/Educator in the 5th and 5th grades at the Bio-Med Science Academy. The school is a STEM+M, K-12 school. The high school is located on the NEOMED campus, a Medical College in Rootstown, Ohio and has campuses in Ravenna (5th-6th) and Shallersville (K-4). Teaching in a 1 to 1 environment for her entire career has helped shape the way she designs and delivers coursework.

Annette's Website: or follow her on Twitter @msalang

Zach Miley

Zach Miley (@zrmiley on Twitter) is a youth development professional with over 10 years-experience supporting young people in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, and social-emotional learning. Zach prides himself on his drive to innovate and is always looking for ways to better empower and develop youth. Zach received his BS degree in Human Services, is an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant, and will graduate from the Ohio State University with a Masters of Social Work with a focus in School Social Work in May. When not working with young people, Zach co-hosts a mental health podcast, "Men Who Talk Heal" (available wherever you listen to podcasts!), and he enjoys spending time with his wife Jess and their two boys, Aiden (4) and Grayson (2).

Zach will focus on Social-Emotional Learning and whole child approaches, which are all the rage in education right now. This focus is likely here to stay. Much like technology, our understanding of what children need has evolved. Libraries are in a unique position to meet multiple needs of the whole child through trauma-informed approaches to social and emotional wellness. This session will explore the foundations of trauma-informed approaches and the real estate libraries can claim in this developing landscape by implementing simple programming and philosophy.