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About BRL

Purpose

Blue Ribbon Lessons was created to share with librarians, teachers, and students lessons that have been used successfully for instruction in a library classroom. Since it's conception, lessons that I have not used personally with my students but feel are important and can be used by other educators have been added to the web site. BRL is (and probably always will be) a work in progress since I am “the staff” in a very busy middle school library media center serving approximately 600 students and over 50 staff members.

The goal of Blue Ribbon Lessons is to provide a variety of strategies for teaching and learning. Many of these lessons were created for teachers to use in the classroom and for students to learn and work independently. Okay, I’ll be honest, many of the lessons were also created so that I wouldn’t have to lecture 5-7 class periods during the day covering the same material. I don’t know how middle and high school teachers do that!!! As librarians know, it doesn’t end there because that was just one teacher’s students and we have more teachers that want that same lesson for their 5+ classes.

Please visit Blue Ribbon Lessons often as I will be adding more instructional material as I revamp some of my outdated lessons and create new. I welcome thoughts and ideas on improvement of the lessons. I, like this web site, am a work in progress.

Credentials

Education
August 1990 Master of Arts in Library and Informational Science, University of Missouri – Columbia
July 1985 Certification in Educable Mentally Handicapped & Behavior Disorders, NMSU (Truman University)
December 1983 BSE in Elementary Education, Learning Disabilities & OHI, NMSU (Truman University)

Professional Experience
2013 Retired from public school education in Missouri
2005-2013 Library Media Specialist Washington Middle School School District of Washington
1990-2005 Library Media Specialist (K-8) • School District of Washington • Washington, MO
1987-1990 Fifth Grade Teacher • Blue Ridge Elementary • Columbia, MO
1985-1987 Special Education Teacher • Marthasville Elementary • School District of Washington
1984-1985 Special Education Teacher • Gasconade County RII • Owensville, MO
Spring 1984 Special Education Teacher • South Point Elementary • School District of Washington