Meet your new board members!
I have been an educator in St. Johns School District for 25 years. After 8 years as a middle school language arts teacher, I became the school librarian at R.J. Murray Middle School Center for the Arts in 2001. One of the first things I did after making that transition was become a member of FAME. I have served on the SSYRA committee and as the chairperson of SSYRA. I am currently serving as FAME treasurer. I have also been a member of ALA, AASL, NEFLIN, FCTE and St. Johns County Media Specialists Association. I was National Board certified in Media from 2007 until 2017. I am in the Year 14 class of the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute.
As school librarians, we are leaders in literacy, technology, professional development, STEAM curriculum, and much more. In other words, we are leaders in our school community. Whether we are growing our diverse collections, creating maker spaces, sponsoring after school coding clubs, chess clubs, or tutoring programs, we are working to meet the needs of all students. This means supporting students’ personal growth as well as their academic needs. Another role we must embrace is that of advocate for our students and our programs. Whether fighting censorship, seeking funding, or working to change outdated policies, librarians are standing up for students. My vision is for FAME to support our members as leaders and to promote community among all school librarians. We often hear that the library is the heart of the school. I believe that FAME is the heart of the school library community in Florida, and I would like to do all I can to support the health of school libraries and our organization into the future.
I have presented at Fame conferences on SSYRA and the Breakfast with Champions reading incentive and family outreach program. I have also presented at NEFLIN workshops and served on the NEFLIN Professional Development Board. I wrote an article for FMQ in 2010. I have been active in professional development in my district and the state for many years. I began teaching ESOL professional development courses for my district in 1996. As a supporter of online learning, I facilitated the Florida Online Reading Professional Development course for the state, and I served on the committee that created my district’s online ESOL PD curriculum in 2010. I am also active in the St. Johns Education Association.
I’m Debbie Tanner and I’m running for Secretary of FAME. I’ve been a member of FAME for the last five years. I’ve presented every year that I’ve attended FAME, twice I presented about finding just right books and the last two years, I’ve presented as part of the SSYRA Jr. committee, on which I’ve been serving. I’m also part of the leadership team of our local librarians chapter, which is called Palm Beach County EMA (Educational Media Association). In EMA, I’ve served as recording secretary, vice president, and this year it was my honor to serve as co-president. I will be serving as co-president again this coming year. I’d love to serve as the Secretary for FAME so I could help further our library profession by supporting advocacy and training for all librarians.
Board of Directions Region 3
Jennifer Glasheen is a library media specialist in Osceola County Florida. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education K-6 from UCF in 2009 and her master's degree in Library and Information Science from USF in 2015. She was named Osceola County Schools Elementary Media Specialist of the year in 2015, and is the current teacher of the year at her school. She has loved every busy moment in the media center for the last 6 years. She believes that the students come first in everything she does. Any time an additional task is asked of her the first question she asks herself is. "What will the kids miss because of this?" She believes the library should be a welcoming place for all stakeholders, but will always fight for the kids and their free right to access resources even if it means ruffling a few feathers. Her space is filled with maker items from the Lego wall, the Xbox, and robotics, to paper and markers. She wants all student to have to opportunity to find their passion, their voice, and the love and trust of an adult they may otherwise not have. She's known for deleting books from accounts because she'd much rather lose the book than the reader. She was honored to serve on the inaugural SSYRA Jr. Committee and is currently serving on the Conference committee. She has presented multiple times at the annual conference, including how to motivate young readers with little to no money!
Board of Directors Region 4
Hi! My name is Aimee Kennedy…hockey lover (GO BOLTS!), dog mom, and educator. I have been an educator in Hillsborough County for the past 20 years. In the classroom I have taught almost every grade level focusing on the area of Language Arts, promoting a love of reading and writing with my students. During this classroom time, I received National Board Certification. After 10 years in a traditional classroom, I transitioned into the role of Media Specialist. As a LMS, I have served populations from Kindergarten through 8th grade, in both traditional and magnet programs. My school home for the past 6 years has been McKitrick Elementary in Lutz where I was honored to be one of the first schools in our district to be recognized as a Florida Power-Library School.
Participation in the FAME community has always been an important part of my practice. Last year, I presented on my Library Bingo Reading Incentive at the conference and a colleague and I are planning another presentation for an upcoming year. I was excited to be asked this spring to be part of the Awards committee and I am looking forward to stepping into this role within the FAME organization. This association helped to mold my library’s philosophy of making sure that I create an environment that engages, enables, and encourages EVERY student and faculty member to become life-long learners who are prepared for their future. Leadership within the community will only help to mold my practice even more as I continue in this ever-changing profession.
Within my district I have served as a mentor to New Media Specialists providing support in their transition, teaching the ins and outs of our county procedures and providing a friendly face for them to come to if they need assistance with anything. I have also served on the Media Leadership Team with other elementary, middle, and high school media specialists and the district supervisors to participate in solution-focused conversations with a district-wide impact. I have been a member of the Hillsborough Association of School Library Media Specialists (HASLMS) for 10 years. This year, I served as Treasurer of HASLMS making sure all financial records were accurate and up-to-date.
I have watched the FAME organization change over the course of these 10 years, and I am enjoying the way that it is growing and evolving. FAME is a wonderful way to fill your bucket and know you are doing the right thing for our stakeholders. The conference and organization are working to grow and change with our times, providing information and presentations to move our profession to the future. I want to be a bigger part of this organization helping to continue the growth for the better. As a leader within this organization, I think it is important to LISTEN and collaborate. Differences of opinions happen, but my kind and loving style can help find a solution that is best for everyone. It would be an honor to serve as Region 4 representative to the Board.
Board of Directors at large
My name is Jennifer Massey and I am the media specialist at Ruediger Elementary in Tallahassee, Florida. After receiving my bachelor’s in history from Florida A&M University, I taught middle school social studies. While I knew the school setting was right for me, I quickly realized the library was the place I wanted to be! I served as a media aide at Florida State University Schools while earning my MLIS degree from Florida State University. Upon graduating, I was hired at Ruediger Elementary and have been there for the past 3 years. I have successfully re-designed our media space into a more user-friendly environment, transitioned to flexible/open scheduling, started a coding club, created a makerspace, started 4th and 5th grade book clubs and work collaboratively with teachers and administration throughout the year.
I am active in the library profession. I currently serve on the SSYRA 3-5 committee, helping to present their session during our annual conference. I also presented on a panel for the App Smackdown showcasing digital apps for education during the 2016 FAME annual conference. In the past, I have served as the vice president of the Leon County Media Specialists Association. I currently serve as the co-president of the association, as well as serving as the Media Curriculum Developer for our district. In these roles, I lead the monthly meetings for our district’s media specialists, organize professional development opportunities, and coordinate with local public libraries to create more opportunities for our students. I also organized a district-wide fundraiser to purchase makerspace items at the district level that can be circulated among county schools to bridge the equity and access gap. I am also presently a member of ALA and AASL.
I love the direction FAME is heading in and the growth over the last few years in the association. I would love to be a part of continuing that growth, bringing in more authors, introducing more technology, and really situating media specialists as the cornerstone of information and digital literacy in Florida. I am passionate about libraries and dedicated to ensuring equity of access for all students. I believe that every school should have a certified librarian and hope to help spread that message through membership on the FAME board.
I view my position as one of “public service.” It allows me to serve students, faculty, administration, parents, and community members. The question that I start each project or idea with is “How can I better serve my students” or “How will this impact my students?” All students are capable of achieving great things, and I am a tool or resource to help them reach their potential. My leadership style is similar. I look for opportunities to enhance programming and increase technology that will help media specialists provide the access and information that they need to serve their student populations. After all, it really is all about the kids. I try to make the library a fun place to be – I can be pretty goofy at times and it helps the students feel more comfortable in the space and coming to me for help. My biggest praise in my job does not come from my admin team or my evaluations, it comes when a student says, “I loved that book, can you help me find another one?”
Courtney Roberts is currently the media specialist at Oakleaf Village Elementary School in Clay County. Courtney earned her Master’s in Library Science degree from Florida State University in 2003 and has held the position of media specialist for 15 years with experience at all grade levels (PK-12). While living in Naples, Florida Courtney sat on the FAME Board, as well as, held the positions of Collier County and Region 5 Jim Harbin Representative and held a position on the state Jim Harbin Committee. After moving to Clay County Courtney received the honor of Florida Power Library at the 2011 FAME Conference.
Committee on Nominations
Hollyanne Ruffner has been a school library media specialist for 24 years. She is active in local, state, and national professional associations for library media specialists. Before becoming a media specialist, Hollyanne taught students in grades Pre-K through 11th in both private and public schools. Currently she is a Specialist in the Instructional Materials and Library Media Services Department in her district where she oversees funding for 167 district libraries and creates both face-to face and online training for library media specialists. She has developed a mobile learning initiative for secondary media programs and provided training and direction for the creation of Makerspaces in school media centers. Hollyanne has previously served FAME as a Committee Chair and as a Region 5 representative on the FAME Board of Directors.
Joanna Tamplin is the media specialist at Hawks Rise Elementary in Tallahassee, FL. This is her ninth year in this position. She taught kindergarten for 11 years before earning her Masters LIS degree from FSU through the Project LEAD program. Joanna is active in FAME and ALA. She attended the ALSC Morris Seminar in 2012 and was a member of the 2013 Geisel beginning reader award committee. Joanna has also served on the Schneider Family Book Award jury since 2014; the last two years as chair. A member of the SSYRA Junior committee, Joanna previously served on the Sunshine State Young Readers Award Committee for grades 3-8. Joanna has also served in various leadership capacities at the school at district level.
Committee on Nominations-Alternate
I graduated from Shippensburg University with a BS in Elementary Education and Library Science and received my MS from Shippensburg. I’ve taught in PA, VA, MA and FL. I’ve been in education for 27 years as a teacher, librarian and administrator. Currently, I am the Program Specialist for Instructional Media in St. Johns County. I have been an active member of FAME since 2001. I have served as treasurer and on the board of Fame plus been affiliated with other committees throughout the years.