Slate for 2017 FAME Board of Directors and Officers
Congratulations to the following candidates!
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.
Board of Directors:
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.
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.
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.
Committee for Nominations
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.