Hi! I am the School Librarian at Cassell. The 2017-2018 school year is my fourteenth year in the library. I am excited and honored to open the new library with Rhoda Derstine, our new and second Librarian at Cassell. We are both proponents of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education and are excited about incorporating a Makerspace in the new library.The Cassell school community has been part of my life for many years. When my sons attended Cassell I volunteered in their classes. I was on the PTA board as the parent volunteer coordinator. Then I became a teacher here. At Cassell I taught third and fourth grades. I have also taught kindergarten at Stuarts Draft Elementary (now Guy K. Stump Elementary). Before I became the Librarian I worked as a Site Coordinator for Augusta County's 21st Century After School Learning Centers.I am a Shenandoah Valley native as my family's roots go back here at least seven generations. I graduated from Fort Defiance High School. My Bachelor's degree is from James Madison University in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Special Education. I completed my Master's degree in School Library Media at Longwood University.I am married and have two wonderful grown sons and an amazing daughter-in-law. My beautiful granddaughter amazes and delights us all. My husband, Ron, and I have fun attending JMU football, basketball, and baseball games. Go Dukes! In my spare time I enjoy reading lots of fiction. I especially enjoy southern fiction and mysteries. Some of my favorite children's authors for older elementary readers (and adults, too) are Rick Riordan, J. K. Rowling, Andrew Clements, Kate Dicamillo and Christopher Paul Curtis. Picture books are truly treasures for all ages and I cannot name a favorite.Below is one of my favorite book quotes:“Do you understand how there could be any writing in a spider's web?"
"Oh, no," said Dr. Dorian. "I don't understand it. But for that matter I don't understand how a spider learned to spin a web in the first place. When the words appeared, everyone said they were a miracle. But nobody pointed out that the web itself is a miracle."
"What's miraculous about a spider's web?" said Mrs. Arable. "I don't see why you say a web is a miracle-it's just a web."
"Ever try to spin one?" asked Dr. Dorian.”
― E.B. White, Charlotte's WebCheck out the library website for some helpful links for homework and for fun.If you need to contact me, my email address is email@example.com.
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