Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD
In my educational experience I taught for 14 years, grades 1-6 ("Teacher that Goes the Extra Mile") I worked as an elementary librarian for 3 years and a high school librarian for 3 years. For 14 years I have been the PSJA District Library Coordinator for my District. My entire time as a librarian, I have not missed any TLA conferences. With TLA, I have participated in the following groups: TASLA (Present President Elect), TASL (Present secretary), Tall Texans as a Mentor, Texas State Libraries Archives & Commission, Texas Media Awards (Present Co-Chair), TLA 2015 Planning Committee, South Texas Literary Coalition (2013 Librarian of the Year), Tejas Star Books Committee Member, Committee Member for updating the librarian EXCET test,Hispanic Caucus, and community organizations.
Innovative Library Practice
Every new school year, I start a new library program. In an effort to hightlight libraries and librarians, this year I started a research program for students at the elementary level entitled: "Book A Trip...A Passport to the World." All of our students will use the Region One databases together with electronic devices to learn research skills. I purchased some travel trunks that are circulating in our District libraries. Passports are made for students and stamped to highlight all the countries they visit through their research. At the end of the year an event is scheduled to introduce foods, costumes, languages and much more for our students.
Cloudy With a Change of Meatballs is a book I treasure because it reminds me of my Daddy. Ever since I can remember, my father would sing a Spanish song that is similar to this book. My Dad died a year ago in May and even the day before he died he would sing that song to me and my entire family of brothers, sisters, daughters, etc.
Most Memorable Experience
Last year was a memorable experience because for the first time, I was able to get the best of everything without waiting so long. Lois Lowry's books are wonderful and I was able to have all of my books autographed. The sessions I attended were innovative and inspirational. Due to the STAAR Test, I was afraid I would not attend the conference, however, my boss is the greatest. She granted my request to attend and this helped me to be able to obsorb the benefits of the numberous amount of ideas, technology updates, and wonderful authors and celebrities.