Welcome to your library!

with your library media specialist-Mrs. Bongiorno!

The word of the year is COLLABORATION.

With an ever increasing weight of the hats we wear, I thought it would be helpful to send you a short snapshot of what I can do for you and our students. So, here is a quick guide to the library media center and what I can do for you. Feel free to call on me with random questions as well. If I do not know the answer, I can help you find it. It's why I am here.

What are my core strengths as your librarian?

What can we do in the library?

*Provide access to technology for authentic integration into the classroom (Chromebooks, Skyping, using the interactive board, iPads, etc.) and learn new digital skills

*Provide literacy and digital literacy connections between reading, writing, math, science, social studies, art, music, health...you name it!

*Make connections with the community-we can connect local authors, businessmen, careers, and more to your students to enrich the educational experience in the classroom

*Make global connections to other classrooms and people around the world

*Provide resources from research materials to independent reading materials to professional development reading to the library for checkout

We also have a laminator and a die-cut machine.

Never collaborated with a librarian before? A few ideas:

  • Research projects with technology integration
  • Blogging
  • Creating book trailers
  • Writing and creating e-books
  • Skyping with authors and other classrooms
  • Mystery Skype
  • STEAM related reading activities
  • Virtual field trips
  • International Dot Day, International Gaming Day, National Poetry Month, World Read Aloud Day, and other exciting literacy connections with events connecting our school with others around our state, nation, and the world

If you are designing projects, research assignments, units, lessons, or anything you would like to collaborate on, find resources for, or incorporate technology effectively with, I am here to help! If you would like more information regarding how to use Google Apps for Education (Google Classroom, Docs, Slides, and Forms), Newsela, Galileo, Kahoot, or other technology based resources in your classroom, I can meet with you during your planning time one-on-one or with your team/grade level to assist. Between us, we can create a magical experience for our students.

Do you want to know more about what a librarian does? Check this out!

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About Me

This will be my 2nd year at RHES and my ninth in education. My husband and I have two spunky children, Izzy (7) and Aris (2). Our family can often be found outside hiking around the coastal trails or fostering a love of all things nerd in our children by adventuring to historical places, festivals, or DragonCon. Before coming to RHES, my focus was in designing and integrating STEAM education into social studies and language arts right outside of Athens, Georgia and laying the ground work for the first STEM program at Arthur Williams Middle School in Jesup, Georgia. I firmly believe the library is the center of the school in which knowledge and understanding is constructed from not just books, but from each other and asking questions. When you visit the library, you will often hear classical Led Zeppelin playing and rarely will you find me "shhhing" students in our library. I am available to collaborate on projects and lessons, find resources, research, find the perfect book, and lend a hand or two to fix the random tech issues which arise when we least want them to.

I hold a Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education, a Master of Science in Learning, Design, and Technology from the University of Georgia, and my Ed.S. in Instructional Technology from the University of Georgia.