It's been a bit of a journey for me to get tho this point. I was an elementary teacher for 4 years before leaving the classroom in 2003 after the birth of my twins, Adam and Emily.
Below is one of my favorite photos of them at our local public library - on the floor, oblivious to anything but the beauty and wonder of picture books.
They were only four years old in that photo and now they're going to be sophomores in high school! Wow, time really flies! Below is a photo of the three of us on Carmel Beach in California in 2018.
I was a stay-at-home mom for seven years and during the last few years I began attending the University of South Carolina via distance learning to earn my Master's Degree in Library and Information Science. I did a full year during of long-term sub jobs in school libraries during the 2009-2010 school year before accepting my first official full-time position as a media specialist in 2010.
Since then, I've been at two different schools, earned a Georgia Department of Education Exceptional Library Media Program Award and stated and stopped and started back up again with my blog. I started out using the persona of a "library doctor" because I came into my first job behind a media specialist who retired after working for the past 15 years at that school. So, if you scroll through old posts you'll see that they incorporate "symptoms." I didn't delete them, because they do have content that I feel should be shared even if the whole "doctor" thing seems a bit confusing now.
When I changed schools in 2014, I'd been reading about makerspaces and the maker movement for a while. Only a few weeks into my new job I applied for a grant to start a makerspace at my new school. Believe it or not, but I was awarded the grant and everything changed. You can read about it here.
Around that time I switched over to the name ReadMakeLearn as my journey ventured off to the makerspace pathway. I'm still passionate about reading and learning, but making is a fun, creative way to get children to stay children for as long as they can - and to learn a few things along the way.
On this blog, I'll share ideas that I learn about and use in my elementary school library. Since Adam and Emily are both readers and creative teenagers, I'll probably throw in some stuff that appeals to their age groups as well. I hope you find something that inspires you to read, make and learn either with your students or your own children. If you do, please be sure to tell me about it!
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