Slate for 2017 FAME Board of Directors and Officers
Please thoughtfully read the bios for the candidates for FAME President-Elect, Board of Directors, and Committee for Nominations. The link to vote has been emailed to membership. If you did not receive the link, please email FAME@floridamediaed.org. Thank you to all the candidates for their commitment to FAME and their willingness to serve.
Julie Hiltz (Region 4)
Julie is a National Board Certified Media Specialist with 15 years teaching experience in Hillsborough County Public Schools. Her organizational leadership includes terms on the Board of Directors for the Hillsborough Association of School Library Media Specialists, work on the Hillsborough National Board Certified Teachers Steering Committee, and the FAME Board representing Region 4.
Julie has presented workshops on research, blogging, and design thinking at local, state, and national conferences, including FAME and ECET2. Julie worked as a Teacherpreneur for the Center for Teaching Quality from 2013-2015, participating in projects that focused on helping teachers leverage their passions and skills to personalize their leadership experiences. In 2015, Julie received the Governor’s Shine Award for Inspirational Teachers from the Florida Department of Education. Most recently, Julie was chosen to serve as a Micro Credential Teacher Ambassador for Digital Promise.
A believer in the power of leveraging social media for personal and professional development, Julie has moderated chats for #HCPSTeach, #TchLIVE, and #TPOfficeHour and is the co-creator of the #TeachingIs social media campaign. She is a National Blogging Collaborative coach (http://www.nationalbloggingcollaborative.com/) and her work has been published by the Washington Post, EdSurge, Impatient Optimists, EdWeek, Kappan, and the Center for Teaching Quality. During the 2016 school year, she served on the FAME Communications Committee, helping to maintain the @FloridaMediaEd Twitter account and moderated the February #FAMEChat. In support of spreading best teaching practices, Julie co-developed a HNBCT blogging series (http://hillsboroughnbct.net/) as part of her work with the 2016 HCPS Superintendent’s NBCT Advisory Committee.
Julie’s vision for FAME is for the organization to be the cornerstone of Florida’s Future Ready Schools movement, capitalizing on the media specialist’s unique experiences in building instructional partnerships, managing collaborative spaces, facilitating professional learning, ensuring equitable access, and advocating for resources and student privacy. She believes every student has the right to a high quality public education that includes high academic standards, support for social and emotional development, and leadership opportunities.
Most recently employed by Lutz Elementary, she is excited to make the transfer to Van Buren Middle School beginning in August, 2017.
Melanie Tahan (Region 2)
Little did I know when I graduated from Flagler College in 1994 the diverse and rewarding opportunities I would have in the educational field that would involve working across many nations and continents. I believe my international experiences, Florida and FAME history, and strong work ethic will be an asset to the FAME organization if selected to be President. I have been a FAME member since 2008 and have attended every conference since then. I have served and chaired the FAME Ways and Means Committee and am currently serving on the Board of Directors. I consider myself to be a strong leader who enjoys taking on new challenges and responsibilities while being a solid team player at the same time. As a dedicated Media Specialist I have had to be very detail-oriented while also creatively solving problems in order to build highly successful programs and partnerships. I believe that in these times when librarian positions are being cut as they just have been in Putnam county we need leaders that can continue to show how important our roles are in impacting the students that we teach.
Over the course of eleven years, I worked at four different international schools holding accreditation here in the United States. These schools were located in Japan, Morocco, Scotland and Myanmar. Each provided me with wonderful opportunities to grow both personally and professionally. Upon returning to the U.S., I was fortunate to open up the Liberty Pines Academy K-8 library which won the Florida Power Library Award. Next, I went on to open up a new technology-focused K-5 school library at Palencia Elementary and work as the Director of Media Services. Currently, I am working as the Media Specialist at Rymfire Elementary K-6 in Palm Coast. Examples of school level leadership roles I have been in include serving on and/or chairing Technology Committees, Team Leader Committees, Teacher of the Year Committees, Cheer Committees, School Advisory Committees, Curriculum Committees, Library Reading Committees and more. My ability to conduct efficient research under time constraints, embrace complex problems while creating solutions, and communicate effectively to diverse community members can help further FAME's success should I be selected. FAME is THE most important organization in Florida for our field of work and I am honored to have been asked to run for this important position.
Board of Directors: There is one open slot for a Region 3 Director, one open slot for a Region 5 director, and two additional open slots from any region, including Region 3 and Region 5.
Kathy Drake (Leon County)
My name is Kathy Drake and I helped open William J. Montford Middle School in Tallahassee 9 years ago as the Media Specialist after a 17 year hiatus! I followed my Navy husband around the world, having babies, teaching preschool and assisting the Education Minister at my church for 7 years. During the Navy years, I obtained my MLIS at Louisiana State University before moving to Washington D.C. and becoming the Media Specialist at a French immersion school in Maryland. A proud member of FAME for the past 9 years, I served on the SSYRA committee for 5 years, helping to present their session at our annual conference. This past year, my husband and I presented a session on How to start a Code Club and I also assisted with Jenn Underhill’s “Survivor” session for new librarians. These past couple of years I have started Skyping with authors, started a MakerSpace room, started a Coding Club and constructed a Lego table that is fully occupied every morning before school! My favorite activity the last couple of years has been collaborating with one of our Language Arts teachers while the students create book trailers using their favorite Sunshine State book. We culminate the activity with our own Academy Awards day where we preview all of the trailers while the students fill out rating forms and eat popcorn! So much fun!
I am presently a member of ALA and the Games and Gaming and Library Instruction Roundtables. In the past I served several years as President of the Leon District Media Specialists Association and continue to be involved with that wonderful group of librarians, occasionally presenting sessions on how to effectively use and teach the subscription databases, MovieMaker and i-Movie.
I would like to see FAME continue to move in the direction it has been going these last few years; providing opportunities to hear from authors, introducing new technologies and effective ways to use them, sharing ideas for creative programming and time to mingle with other Media Specialists around the state.
My goal for Montford students is for them to become lifelong readers and researchers, and to feel at home, not only in our media center, but any library they visit in the future. I try to help our students become self-directed whether it be finding their way to the right book, running a live morning newscast, or knowing where to go when it’s time for that research paper.
As a leader in my church community, I have learned the best way to lead is to listen. What do people want? What makes them unhappy? What motivates them to be the best they can be? Of course, one of the most important leadership qualities is to know how to have FUN!
It would be my privilege to serve on the FAME board as I have benefitted greatly from my membership thus far.
Kristen Badger (St. Johns County)
I have been involved with FAME for over 12 years and have enjoyed every minute of it! Throughout the years I have presented at the annual FAME conference over 15 times on topics such as collaboration, flexible scheduling, reading motivation, program advocacy, SSYRA, reading celebrations, organization, and poetry. I have also presented at the Future of Educational Technology Conference (FETC), the Florida Teachers of English Conference, many district level technology trainings, and most recently, at a North East Florida Library Information Network (NEFLIN) workshop. I enjoy presenting and believe that knowledge is meant to be shared.
Several years ago I was a member of the FAME Ways and Means Committee. You may have seen me at the annual conference selling basket raffle tickets or even announcing the basket winners on the final day of conference. More recently I was a member of the Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Committee where I read hundreds of books and had the opportunity to escort authors at the annual FAME conference. Currently I chair the Fame Scholarship Committee which provides scholarships to first time conference attendees.
I believe strongly in the Florida Power Library program and have seen first-hand how it can create stronger school libraries through evaluation, collaboration, and reflection. My former elementary school, Timberlin Creek, received the first Florida Power Library Award offered by FAME. We earned the status again 4 years later when we applied for renewal. My current school, Sebastian Middle School, has also been recognized as a Florida Power Library School. Sebastian was the first middle school and the first Title I school to receive the FPL status in St. Johns County. Receiving the Florida Power Library recognition three times has allowed me to mentor and collaborate with librarians from all around the state.
In 2013, I was honored to receive FAME’s Amanda Award for developing a library program that enhances the self-esteem in teens. The program was created because of my need for media helpers. When I asked my peers for suggestions I received the names of the “A” honor roll, cheerleader type students who were already involved with many activities at the school. I did not choose any of these students. Instead, I used circulation records (which indicate the students that checked out the most books in previous years) and cafeteria observations to pick my crew. The students I selected were those that didn’t seem to fit in at our school. One 8th grade student was so painfully shy that she spoke in a whisper and would seldom look people in the eye when speaking. By the end of the school year these students had blossomed into confident, independent teens who had built strong relationships with each other. Four years later the 8th grader that I mentioned still comes to help in my Media Center. She is now outgoing and self-assured and has aspirations of being a librarian herself. I believe that the library should be a welcoming place filled with resources and activities that encourage students to grow as learners and individuals.
I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of Florida and a Master’s Degree from the University of Colorado Denver in Information Learning Technologies: School Library and Instructional Leadership.
I am looking forward to many more years of active involvement with FAME.
Julie Miller (Clay County)
Julie Miller is a media specialist at Ridgeview High School in Orange Park (Clay County). Julie began her career in education as an English teacher for several years before transitioning to “Library World” with a position in Florida State College at Jacksonville’s library. While there, she worked towards her Master’s in Library & Information Science at Valdosta State University. Since becoming a media specialist, she has been an active member of FAME, attending the annual conference where she has co-presented (Florida Teens Read sessions) and served as an author buddy. She has thoroughly enjoyed serving on the Florida Teens Read committee for the past two years.
Locally, she has been a strong advocate for the library media programs in Clay County schools, speaking at school board meetings and meeting with school board and district personnel. In her library, Julie has established an active Library Advisory Board and an enthusiastic student Book Club. (You should check out the Book Club’s annual fundraiser, a school-wide Lip Sync Battle!) Her goal is for the library to be an inclusive and inviting place on campus where students can read, research, and recharge. Julie’s areas of interest include young adult literature, makerspaces, and media literacy in the age of “fake news.”
Outside of work, Julie enjoys singing, watching movies, traveling, and being a mom. (Her son Evan is 3, and she has one more boy on the way!) She is excited about the opportunity to serve on FAME’s Board of Directors and hopes to be part of the association’s mission to support school librarians as we face the emerging challenges of an increasingly digital world. To see what is happening in her library, check out Instagram or Twitter: @rhslibraryop.
Jennifer Glasheen (Osceola County)
My name is Jenn Glasheen and I am running for the FAME Board of Directors. I’d like to share my story with you so you can get to know me a little better. I came into the media center from the classroom. Shortly after transitioning into wonderland, I obtained my MLIS from the University of South Florida. My first year in the library I attended FAME and was immediately overwhelmed! Where was one to start? I decided to attend a small session and it was in that moment I knew I was exactly where I was meant to be.
Through the years I have worked extremely hard to be on the front line of trends in the library world. From makerspaces to genres, and more I pour my life into my career. In 2015, my hard work was recognized by The School District of Osceola County when I was named Elementary Media Specialist of the Year. That honor gave me the confidence I needed to be more active in FAME. I have presented the last two years at our conference on how to motivate readers with little to no money. As I got to know more people around FAME, I went out on a limb and was selected to serve on the SSYRA Jr. committee for the inaugural list and two additional lists. It was the most incredible experience, though my committee members may refer to me as... passionate!
My vision for FAME is that it continues to be a valuable wealth of professional learning for the media specialists across the state and beyond. I believe all readers/learners should be represented in our sacred little kingdoms. There isn’t a doubt in my mind that you can connect with anyone if you take the time to listen and observe. Just watch what students draw on the white board table or build on the Lego wall and you’ll have a glimpse into their passions. I believe children learn best when they are in an environment that encourages them to take risks and make mistakes. As a leader I truly believe in teamwork. No one can or should have to work alone, together the story writes itself. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Bridgitte Marshburn (Lake County)
Bridgitte Marshburn has been a Library Media Specialist in Lake County since earning her MLIS from the University of South Florida in 2009. As a Media Specialist, she has had a number of accomplishments including successfully establishing a morning news program and after school video club, growing the annual fundraising book fair with increased revenue each year, inspiring her students to enter into the Jim Harbin Student Film Festival, collaborating with her local public library to retain readers year-round, and establishing an exciting makerspace.
Bridgitte has served in numerous leadership positions including Vice President and President of the student organization at the University of South Florida School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) Program, and Vice President of the Lake Association of Media Specialists. She is deeply involved at her school, holding positions such as Technology Coordinator, Testing Coordinator, Digital Video Club Sponsor, and Cross Country Coach. As a member of FAME, Bridgitte had the honor of serving on the SSYRA Committee for the last 3 years.
Bridgitte is interested in serving on FAME’s Board of Directors to expand her opportunities for leadership and growth. She hopes to contribute to FAME by sharing her knowledge, time, and expertise.
Ramona Rhae (Osceola County)
Ramona has been a library media specialist since 2003. She earned her Master's of Library Information Science from the University of South Florida in 2004. Most of her experience has been in a large urban high school in excess of 3600 students with a catalog of over 25,000 items. She also has some experience working in a preschool summer program, as well as elementary and middle school levels. Ramona is passionate about making the library media center patron-centered. She wants her impact on service to be seen in the organization of the library, the atmosphere, the materials, and management of staff. The best part of her job is reader's advisory. Her current initiative is focusing on introducing students to design thinking and invention literacy. She has found the maker movement an excellent hook to teach critical thinking skills. She currently works At Poinciana High School in Osceola County.
Ramona has been an active member of FAME since 2003. She has presented at every FAME conference since 2007. Some of the topics include: collaborating with teachers, the research associated with genrefication of the library media center, creating a maker space, 3D design and printing, Florida Teens Read activities, and integrating technology into lessons. Ramona has also served on the Florida Teens Read committee as a member and a chair from 2010-2014. She has also been a member of the American Library Association, the Orange County Association of Educational Media, and the Osceola School Librarian's Association.
Ramona has been a teacher and behavior specialist since 1993. She earned her bachelor's in behavior disorders from the University of South Florida as a Suncoast Area Teacher Training honors graduate and was chosen to participate in the pilot cohort of an accelerated master's program in varying exceptionalities. She was a Positive Behavior Support Facilitator from 2002-05, a panel participant for the USF presentation at the 2005 Association for Positive Behavior Support national conference, and a poster session participant at the 2005 USF Positive Behavior Support Implementer’s Forum. She was an Advancement Via Individual Determination teacher and school coordinator from 2011-2013. Ramona earned her Florida reading endorsement in 2014 to better serve struggling readers and the teachers who serve them.
Margaret Rhoades (Lake Highland Preparatory School, Orlando)
Margaret Rhoades, is the Upper & Middle School Librarian at Lake Highland Preparatory School, an independent school in Orlando, Florida. She earned her MLIS from the University of South Florida and has close to 20 years’ experience working with young people in independent and public school libraries and the public library system. Service to the profession includes: FAME 2017 Conference, Local Arrangements Chair; AASL Distinguished Administrator Awards Committee; AASL Program Reviewer for the 2017 National Conference; Florida Council for Independent Schools Evaluation Team; Lake Highland Faculty Council. She coordinated the AASL Independent School Section tours of Lake Highland Prep and Windermere Prep campus libraries during ALA in Orlando, June 2016; volunteers for AASL on projects and has reviewed for School Library Journal. Professional memberships include FAME, AASL, YALSA and AISL (Association of Independent School Librarians).
“I would be honored to represent and serve Region 3 on the FAME Board of Directors. Our students need us to advocate for strong school library programs and to prepare them for the future as digital learners and citizens. We need each other for professional growth and support; to retain current librarians and to bring new ones into the profession.”
Ana Woodbrey (Brevard County)
Ana Woodbrey has worked as Hoover Middle School’s library media specialist in Brevard County for ten years after earning a Master’s degree in Information Studies from FSU. She serves as her school’s SAC secretary, the PTO teacher liaison, and coordinates library media programs to include Maker club, student/parent book club, SSYRA programs and celebrations, literacy celebrations, computerized reading programs, and book fairs.
Her school’s media center has been a Florida Power-Library School since 2012. In the 2015-2016 year she was her school’s teacher of the year, and a District finalist. She has received over $18,000 from Brevard’s School Bucks Grant for Technology from 2013-2016. Ana has been a FAME member since 2005 and attends the conference each year. Last year she presented a FAME session with author Polly Holyoke on promoting STEM fiction. For the past two years she has served on the SSYRA selection committee, and is also a member of ALA and BAME (Brevard County’s local organization).
Ana has conducted professional development sessions for local presentations on a variety of literacy and technology-based topics: MakerSpace challenges, SSYRA promotion, virtual reality projects, apps for the PE students, flipping the classroom, online classroom platforms, reading celebrations, and media and information literacy. She works with other media specialists in her district each summer to create SSYRA materials, design annual reading programs, create curriculum guides, or plan MakerSpace challenges and lessons. She consistently collaborates with teachers in her school on literacy and student-driven technology lessons.
Ana believes all students have the talent to challenge themselves to great achievement. She strives to make her school’s media center a safe and inviting place to read, work, create, and grow. She will work in collaboration with FAME and its members to continue moving forward in advocating to keep all media programs in Florida at the core that drives their schools. Ana lives in Melbourne with her husband and 8-year-old son where they enjoy fishing, camping, and reading.
Angela Young (Volusia County)
Hi, my name is Angela Young and I am a huge supporter of FAME; I have never missed a conference! I started attending when I was a student in the FSU library program. I am very passionate about our profession. I believe the media program is the heart of the school and a good media specialist can completely transform a school by building community.
Here are a few fun facts about me:
• I have an MLS from FSU
• I am a Nationally Board Certified Media Specialist
• I am in the 13th year working in Title 1 Elementary schools in Volusia County
• I was my school’s Teacher of the Year (2014-15)
• I have held several offices in VAME (Volusia Association for Media in Education), currently I am the Secretary
• I am a mentor media specialist for new media specialists in our district
• I formed a group of media specialists to share lesson plans and create media curriculum maps, which is shared district wide
• I have presented at FAME on topics such as evening events, summer programming, and curriculum development
• I have presented at the Stetson Children’s Literature conference on topics such as Books for Boys, and Using Roland Smith Literature in the Elementary School
• I present to teacher interns at Stetson University regularly on topics such as Copyright for Teachers, The Role of the Media Specialist, and Cooperative Learning
These are my general contributions to the profession, but the only way to really know me is to spend time in our Media Center at Citrus Grove. You will see my commitment to the children and the focus on the goals of a developed media program.
I initiated several events that have become school traditions. The largest is “Not so Scary Stories” where students come in costume and rotate throughout the school engaged in Halloween story time and activities. We have a similar event in December with a Holiday theme which rotates depending on the media theme for the year. In the past, we have done Tropical Holiday Night, Stopping by the Library on a Snowy Evening, and Holidays Around the World. In addition to Literacy Week and Read Across America activities, I have developed a school Earth Day which involves guided nature walks, a recycled art show, lunch outside for the whole school, and a used book exchange.
To promote pleasure reading we do, “One Book, One School” which I started in Volusia County. It has spread to 10+ schools. We all read the same book, and end with a culminating project of the teacher’s choice. This year we are doing “The Tale of Despereaux”.
Additionally, I hold monthly book clubs for students in grades 4/5 and for kids who read the SSYRA books. I support the SSYRA programs heavily giving charms, t-shirts and working with the Department of Elections to make sure my SSYRA vote is very official! Additionally, kids who read at least 10, can go to Chili’s. Chili’s has provided free kids meals to my readers for the past 10 years. This year, I will take 22 children and the six adults who read all 15.
That’s a little peek into the Citrus Grove media center! Thank you for considering me for the FAME board. I look forward to increasing my commitment to the goals of the organization.
Marie Masferrer (Manatee County)
I am finishing my 8th year as a Library Media Specialist in Manatee County and my 20th year of teaching. I joined FAME in 2012, and I have enjoyed every team, committee, and presentation with which I have participated. This year, some of my biggest dreams came true in bringing an SSYRA author to campus, building a Lego wall for our Maker Space, and finally convincing my middle school teachers the value of guided reading.
I served my local chapter (MAME) as president from 2012-2014. I also revived our local Jim Harbin Student Media Festival in 2012, and this year our event outgrew the venue with almost 500 in attendance. You can view some of our accomplishments by searching Film Rush Manatee.
For FAME, I have served on the membership committee and the 2016 Ways and Means Committee. I'm very proud my social media blasts last year filled our workshops, exceeded registration expectations, and brought in our largest basket raffle ever! Currently, I serve on the 2017 Conference Committee as Jim Harbin Chair. I'm working closely with the board to organize the elementary and secondary events at this year's conference.
I am enthusiastic about the future of FAME and am eager to serve the membership in any capacity. If elected, I hope to continue FAME's trajectory as the premier staff development event for Florida's media specialists!
Elaine Aaron (Broward County)
My name is Elaine Taibi Aaron and I have been in the field of education since 1981. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and my Master’s degree from Florida Atlantic University. I spent fifteen years as a Speech Language Pathologist and worked with all ages and all exceptionalities. I participated in multiple grants and research projects on a local and state level. My last three years in Exceptional Student Education were spent as a staffing specialist and a member of my schools administrative team. In the year 2000 I became our school’s Media Specialist. I felt as if I finally knew what I wanted to be when I grew up! I am passionate about learning and technology. My goal each and every day is to be someone’s hero. It may be putting the perfect book into the right hands, sharing a great resource with a colleague, providing my administrator the right advice at the right time, or a multitude of small services that brighten someone’s day or lightens their load.
I am currently serving as Past President of the Broward County Association of Media Specialists (BCAMS). In 2015-16 as President Elect I was responsible for planning and facilitating our monthly meetings. We had a very successful year during my tenure as President, increasing membership and beginning new initiatives. I also served on the Sunshine State Young Reader Award committee for FAME for a number of years both as a reader and committee member. I was on the Sunshine State Young Reader Award – Junior for it’s inaugural year. Serving on the committee has been a joy. I am very proud of the lists I helped to create and am a fierce promoter of the program. I have presented at the annual FAME conference several times on behalf of the SSYRA program. I have had the opportunity to present on a district level many times.
I am a member of BCAMS, FAME, ALA, AASL and ILA (International Literacy Association). I attend at least three conferences annually in order to hone my skills, and remain abreast of current research and trends. I achieved my National Board Certification nine years ago. I am a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and proudly consider myself a teacher librarian. I pride myself on my people skills and always recognize that we are smarter together than any of us alone. I have seen FAME in times of strength and supported the organization in times of trouble. I believe each year we become stronger and stronger. I hope to be a part of its future.
Debbie Tanner (Palm Beach County)
My name is Debbie Tanner. I’ve been the library media specialist at S D Spady Montessori Elementary for the past 5 years. Before that, I was an elementary classroom teacher as well as a technology coordinator for a fine arts magnet school. I joined EMA (the local Palm Beach chapter of librarians) and FAME four years ago. I have served EMA as the recording secretary and this past year as the vice president. This year I also joined the SSYRA Jr. committee. I serve as a book reviewer for the School Library Journal and for the past two years, I served on the CYBILS book award committee as a first and second round judge. I wrote a database that became an app as well as a website called “The Booksearch” that allows you to search for books based on the skill you want to teach. I have presented at FAME during the last three years, last year as part of the SSYRA committee. The first two years I presented by myself about finding just right books. I also presented at the NC state reading conference about finding just right books and at a regional SEFLIN presentation on technology for librarians with Michelle Cates.
My educational philosophy has a strong Montessori presence-that is, I believe that education should start with the child, not the curriculum. We need to look at our students as individuals and try to help them become the best they can be, not just be able to pass a test. To that end, as librarians, we need to be knowledgeable in the best books, the best research strategies and the latest technologies to help our students find their own path. My vision for FAME would be to help everyone see what an amazing group of people librarians are. Libraries are a great equalizer and having access to a library shouldn’t be a luxury or an option, it should be an imperative. My leadership style could be described as consensus building, trying to get others to believe as strongly as I do that libraries and librarians are key to the future and we need to everything in our power to try to get the opportunity out to everyone.
Committee for Nominations
Meg Gibson (Region 1)
I am finishing my sixth year as a Media Specialist at Gilchrist Elementary School in Tallahassee, Florida. Prior to that, I taught Kindergarten. I have my MLS degree and I am certified for PreK-6 and Media K-12. I also have my Gifted Endorsement and my Reading Endorsement.
I am a member of the Leon County Reading Council, FLA, ALA, and of course, FAME. Most recently, I served a two year term on the SSYRA JR selection committee. It was an honor to be selected for the “launch” of this newest reading award program and gratifying to see it enjoyed by our youngest readers.
I approach my teacher-librarian position with passion and enthusiasm and will do the same on the nominations committee if I am selected to serve. Our state is filled with talented men and women and I welcome the chance to help identify and cultivate these leaders for positions on the FAME board and committees. I believe in FAME and would like to continue contributing to this important organization by serving on the nominations committee
Lou Greco (Region 2)
Lou began his career in St. Johns County in January 1995 as the director for media services and currently is the school librarian at Gamble Rodgers Middle School. Prior to 1995, he taught elementary students for 16 years at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. Lou earned his undergraduate degree in deaf and elementary education from Flagler College and holds a master’s degree in educational media from the University of Central Florida.
Lou currently serves as FAME's chair of the Committee on Finance after having served as FAME President. He has also served as president of the Florida Association of District Instructional Materials Administrators and the Florida Association of Supervisors of Media. He has been a board member at large for the American Association of School Libraries (AASL) and has served as director for the AASL, Region V, which includes Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.
Michelle Jarrett (Region 3)
Michelle Jarrett is the library supervisor for the School District of Osceola County and the current FAME Legislative Chairperson. She has previously served on the Board of Directors, FAME Conference Committee, and FAME President (2015). She has presented numerous concurrent sessions at annual FAME conferences on topics such as social media, library marketing, and late night library games, and high-impact learning spaces. Michelle is also a previous winner of the FAME Amanda Award.
A mom of two pretty decent kids and wife to one awesome man, Michelle believes we must empower our membership to advocate for our profession and the students of Florida. She believes every librarian in Florida needs to shout their good news every day--good news about their success, student successes, and the impact of high quality library programs.
John Milburn (Region 4)
John Milburn is the Supervisor of Library Media Services for elementary schools in the Hillsborough County Public School District. John began his teaching career in Hillsborough County in January of 1996. He taught second grade for five years and then served as an elementary Library Media Specialist at two different schools for nine years before being named Supervisor in August of 2010.
He was selected Teacher of the Year once as a classroom teacher and twice as a Library Media Specialist. He oversees the absolutely best library media specialists, their programs and library resources for 148 elementary schools.
John holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Trevecca Nazarene Universtiy in Nashville, TN; and a Master’s Degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. He is married with a thirteen-year-old daughter and they all love going to Disney World.
Lynne Oakvik (Region 5)
Lynne Oakvik has served as the district curriculum supervisor for Library Media for Broward County Public Schools, Fort Lauderdale, Florida since 2009. Lynne is responsible for collaborating with school and district administrators to ensure effective implementation of library programs and resources that align with district, state, and national AASL standards.
As District Supervisor, Lynne is responsible for designing and implementing professional development for library media specialists. Since 2013, Lynne has also served as the lead curriculum supervisor for Innovations for Learning (IFL), a K-1 blended learning iPad program in 13 Title 1 schools, that supports literacy instruction for over 2,200 students. Lynne is currently the lead curriculum supervisor for the implementation of the district’s new Interactive Classroom Presentation system, The Recordex Simplicity Interactive Flat panel board, developing and implementing classroom media specialist and teacher training for 1,100 teachers. An active advocate for school and public libraries, Lynne is a co-founding member of the Large District Library Leaders group, a professional learning network of district library supervisors in the top 20 largest school school districts.
In 2015, Lynne was selected to serve as a Lilead Fellow. The Lilead Fellows Program is an advanced professional development program through the College of Information Studies, University of Maryland and funded through an IMLS grant. The 18-month Lilead program is designed to empower, enable, and equip select school district library supervisors from throughout the United States to be effective and inspirational leaders for change. Lynne currently serves on the BCPS Technology Advisory Committee (TAC), Co-Chairs the BCPS Digital Content/Software Committee, and is an active member on Broward County’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading Committee. Lynne is a member of the American Library Association (ALA), American Association of School Librarians (AASL), International Society of Technology Educators (ISTE), Florida Association of Media Educators (FAME), Florida Association of Supervisors of Media (FASM) and Broward County Association of Media Specialists (BCAMS).
Lynne is an active member of FAME and has presented at the local, state, and national level for library media programs. Lynne’s vision for FAME is to support and empower Florida’s library media specialists to serve as instructional partners and leaders in their schools and communities to ensure that all students have access to rich print and digital resources and develop the skills to effectively analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information to fully participate in a democratic society.