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From her nomination statement, we learn that teacher librarian “Michelle Cooper is a passionate educator and enthusiastic proponent of school libraries, technology integration, collaboration with educational professionals, and helping young people succeed. She is a co-founder of #TXLchat on Twitter, 2016 TCEA Library Media Specialist of the Year, Wonderopolis Wonder Lead Ambassador, Makey Makey Ambassador, Certified Google Educator, 2016 TASL MVP Honorable Award-winner for Excellence, and 2016 TLA Branding Iron Award-winner for Social Media for #TXLchat. She provides professional development through local, state and national educational conferences. Michelle currently serves as the library media specialist at White Oak Middle School in Texas.”
Sara Kelly Johns
Sara Kelly Johns is a retired school librarian, online instructor for the Syracuse iSchool, and a school library program consultant and speaker. She is a member of ALA Council and a recent member of the ALA Executive Board. Sara has served as President of AASL, the New York Library Association, and NYLA/SSL (then NYLA/SLMS) affiliate. She is currently a member of the ALA Presidential Initiative for Julie Todaro, the AASL Standards Implementation Task Force, and has been the co-chair of the NYLA/SSL Leadership Institute since 1991. From her nomination statement, we learn: School librarians turn to her for information, perspective, clarification, and inspiration. She is an invaluable source for learning and understanding libraries, policy, trends, and education for the library community across the country. Sara consistently speaks, presents, teaches, and best of all rallies others into ACTION! She continues to light the way for the impact of libraries.
James Allen is a teacher librarian and EDhub Director at Eminence Independent Schools in Kentucky. From his nomination statement, we learn that he was “instrumental in starting the #KyLChat on Twitter, which takes place every second and fourth Tuesday of the month, and gives librarians across Kentucky a place to share and explore new ideas. He is also a founder of the #KyGoPlay movement, which has completely changed the way people think about libraries and maker spaces. He is the go-to guy in Kentucky who is always willing to share and encourage others to try new things. James is a Google for Education Certified Innovator.
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