Kelly M. Hoppe

Background

At the close of the 2015-16 school year, I will wrap up my 24th year as an educator with 13 of those years serving as a librarian which includes one year as an elementary librarian serving three schools on a rotational basis to 12 years of high school library services.

With my experience comes the knowledge of everything from the daily responsibilities of a library media specialist, long range planning and goal setting, to educating others on specific items relating to their positions, such as copyright law. Working with library clerks has taught me how to interview, hire, train others and work well with them. I have also learned how to create a new library. At Bowie High School, I was responsible for working with architects, vendors, and administrators to create and furnish a new library media center. When it comes to fundraising and library promotion, my philosophy is “whatever it takes”. I have used ideas that were generally considered elementary level, such as Read Across America and book fairs, and updated and upgraded them to work with high school students. I have also written many grants and received two, the Laura Bush Grant and an AEF Grant.


I have worked on growing as a professional every year by doing such things as writing articles for professional journals and reviewing books for professional library magazines to seeking new opportunities in leadership by serving as the TLA District 2 Councillor, Harrington Users Group President and I am currently on the committee to revise the Texas School Library Standards.

My experience and background, great enthusiasm for the library profession and positive promotion of library services, demonstrate that I can successfully fulfill all facets of a district level library director. I am willing to go out of my “comfort zone” to promote, as well as raise funds for the library. The success of the libraries in the schools I have worked shows how successful I am and that I know how to promote a media center on the campus, throughout the district and in the community.