Jen BlairJen Blair is a former middle school librarian who has taught history and is now a District Librarian in Beaverton, Oregon. She reads a lot and you can find her on Twitter and Instagram: @librarianlost.
Len BryanLen Bryan serves as the district media specialist in Hillsboro School District, where he is responsible for innovation in 35 campus media centers. The former School Program Coordinator for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, he was responsible for the implementation of the TexQuest program and school library standards. Len has served as a middle school and high school librarian, and taught middle school and high school English and coached girls’ athletics.
Colette CassinelliColette Cassinelli is a Librarian and Instructional Technology Teacher at Sunset High School in Beaverton, OR, and a member of Oregon Association of School Libraries. A longtime advocate for using technology to impact student learning, Cassinelli completed her Master of Arts in Educational Technology at Pepperdine University and her Library Media Endorsement from Portland State University. She is the author of Inspiring Curiosity: A Librarian’s Guide to Inquiry-Based Learning.
TuesD ChambersAs an educator for over 17 years and a teacher librarian for six, TuesD Chambers currently spends her days giddy that she gets to teach digital leadership and good books to Ballard High School students. She recently won a $100,000 grant to transform the library into a 21st century Learning Commons. She can be found on Twitter @BeaverReaders and loves to connect with other passionate teacher leaders.
Daryl GrabarekDaryl Grabarek is a senior editor at School Library Journal and the editor of SLJ‘s enewsletter Curriculum Connections and “Touch and Go” app column. She is the coeditor with Roger Sutton of The Common Core in Grades K–3 (2014) and The Common Core in Grades 4–6 (2014), and a current member of the National Council of Teachers of English Orbis Pictus Award Committee. @dgrabarek.
Dawn GuildnerDawn Guildner is an Innovation Strategist (TOSA) for Beaverton School District, mom, mountain biker, knitter and World of Warcraft player. She spends her work days running the innovation parkour of director for the Signal to Noise Student Film Festival, facilitating PD for teachers around maker projects, supporting the Robotic Hand project, co-teaching elementary robotics’ lessons and corraling and organizing the Innovation Library.
Jonathan HuntJonathan Hunt is the Lead Coordinator of Library Media Services at the San Diego County Office of Education, the Vice President of Professional Development for the California School Library Association, and a Horn Book reviewer. He has also presented seminars for the Bureau of Education and Research, taught at San José State University, blogged for School Library Journal, and served on numerous book award committees, including Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz.
Rekha KuverRekha Kuver is the Youth and Family Library Services Manager at The Seattle Public Library. She specializes in the areas of community engagement and outreach, programming, social media, and management. She is passionate about providing equitable library services, creating community partnerships, and supporting and creating an environment for forward-thinking and inventive professionals.
Jennifer LaGardeJennifer LaGarde, aka “Library Girl,” is a lifelong teacher and learner, with over 20 years in public education. Jennifer has served students and teachers in roles ranging from Classroom Teacher and Teacher Librarian to Digital Teaching and Learning Specialist at both the district and state levels. Jennifer has been recognized around the world for her work as an advocate for school libraries and her work has been published in numerous books and journals. She currently lives, works, reads and drinks lots of coffee in Olympia, Washington. Follow her adventures at librarygirl.net or on Twitter @jenniferlagarde.
June Jo LeeJune Jo Lee is a Food Ethnographer nourishing modern hungers through the design principle of foodcare — care for those we feed and those feeding us. Industry clients include Google Food, Walmart Labs, BrightFarms, Whole Foods Market, Starbucks, and PepsiCo. She is coauthor of Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix, a 2018 Robert F. Sibert Award Honoree, about the Korean-American chef who remixed the flavors of LA and kickstarted the modern food truck industry. Like Choi, she grew up eating her mom’s kimchi.
Philip LeePhilip Lee is the cofounder and publisher of Readers to Eaters, with a mission to promote food literacy through stories about our diverse food cultures. He is also the cofounder and former publisher of Lee & Low Books, which has a focus on diversity and inclusion. A graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the Radcliffe Publishing Procedures Course, Philip started his publishing career working at his university bookstore and later in magazine publishing for Conde Nast in New York City.
Steve LentSteve Lent is the Library & Instructional Technology Teacher at Mountain View Middle School in Beaverton, Oregon. A former middle school science teacher, Steve has spent the last two years revitalizing his school’s library, working with kids to build an amazing maker space, and helping teachers and students put educational technology to use in their classrooms.
Benjamin LloydBenjamin Lloyd is currently working as a Library and Instructional Technology Teacher for the Beaverton School District in Portland, Oregon metro area. In addition to a lifelong passion for learning and technology, he previously taught Spanish to middle school students for 9 years. When he’s not spending time working with kids in his library Maker Space, you can find him in classrooms trying to bring new technologies to all content areas across his school.
Carolyn LogueCarolyn Logue is the owner of CA Logue Public Affairs, a legislative and political consulting firm based in Olympia, Washington. With almost 30 years of lobbying experience, Logue works on behalf of clients such as independent grocers, libraries, online public schools, chambers of commerce, and various small business associations providing a vast wealth of knowledge to help these groups successfully navigate the legislative process. Prior to starting her own firm, Carolyn served as the voice for the state’s largest small business association (NFIB) at the state capitol and in the media here in Washington State for 15 years.
Prior to NFIB, Logue spent four years as the Political Affairs Manager for the Washington Association of REALTORS, where she managed one of the state’s largest political-action committees. Logue also worked in market research, running focus groups and providing analysis. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Washington, and lives in Olympia
Michelle MartinDr. Michelle H. Martin is the Beverly Cleary Endowed Professor for Children and Youth Services in the Information School at the University of Washington and from 2011–2016 was the inaugural Augusta Baker Endowed Chair in Childhood Literacy at the University of South Carolina. She has published Brown Gold: Milestones of African-American Children’s Picture Books, 1845-2002 (Routledge, 2004) and founder of Read-a-Rama, a non-profit that uses children’s books as the springboard for year-round and summer camp programming.
Rebecca MillerRebecca T. Miller is the Editorial Director of Library Journal and School Library Journal. Born a twin and raised in a large family in the rural west, her background in libraries dates to 1998 when she joined the book review staff of Library Journal. In 2013, Miller was named Editorial Director of LJ and SLJ. She directs the editorial strategy for both brands and is deeply involved in the original research SLJ and LJ conduct regarding how digital trends affect readers, libraries, and publishers. Miller initiated the annual LJ Index of Public Library Service (America’s Star Libraries), and envisioned and launched the New Landmark Libraries project. Miller is the coeditor with Barbara A. Genco of Better Library Design: Ideas from Library Journal (2016) and Scales on Censorship: Real Life Lessons from School Library Journal (2015), both published by Rowman & Littlefield. Miller served for six years on the board of the National Book Critics Circle, two as President. Currently, she is a New York Library Association Sustainability Initiative cocreator. She has a BA from DePauw University, IN, and an MSLIS from New York’s Pratt Institute.
J. Elizabeth MillsJ. Elizabeth Mills is a PhD Candidate at the University of Washington Information School. Her research is at the intersection of public library storytimes, culture, and design. Mills worked previously as a children’s book editor at Scholastic Inc. and Cranium Inc., and she is a published author. Mills is also the social media manager for KIDMAP. Visit jemillsresearch.weebly.com to learn more.
Conn McQuinnConn McQuinn is a consultant and the owner of McQuinnable Educational Services. He has degrees in science and education, and 40 years of experience in science and technology education in both informal and formal settings, including the Pacific Science Center and Puget Sound ESD. He has served on the boards of the Washington Science Teachers’ Association and the Northwest Council for Computers in Education, presented at numerous conferences, and survived two years of being a PTA co-president. Conn is also the author of over a dozen children’s activity books, all of which are out of print and can only be found in the dusty corners of eBay.
Suzanna PanterSuzanna L. Panter is the Program Manager for School Libraries in Tacoma Washington Public Schools. She has 15 years experience as a National Board Certified elementary educator, school librarian and district library administrator. She became an ALA Emerging Leader in 2009 and was chosen to attend the first ALA Leading to the Future Institute in 2013. In 2012, her school library won the Virginia Association of School Librarian’s Library Program of the Year award, becoming the first elementary school to do so. Suzanna is a Lilead Fellow and is very active in AASL and the Future Ready movement. She has published articles in Knowledge Quest, School Library Journal and School Library Connection, as well as presented at numerous state and national conferences. She has also spoken at SXSWedu, TxLA, and was featured in Publishers Weekly as an expert in school librarianship. @slpanter.
Juan RubioJuan Rubio designs, develops, and manages educational technology programs with digital media, such as games, interactive storytelling, and augmented reality narratives. He is the Digital Media and Learning Program Manager at the Seattle Public Library (SPL) and the author of the chapter, “Working Together: Youth-Adult Partnerships to Enhance Youth Voice,” in YALSA’s new book, Putting Teens First in Library Services: A Roadmap. He is on the board of directors of Filmmakers without Borders.
Craig SeasholesCraig Seasholes is an elementary Teacher-Librarian in Seattle Public Schools. He is current president of the Washington Library Association and former Region 8 Director for AASL. He is inspired and participates with #FutureReadyLibs and @MackinTYSL initiatives. You can find him at bookmansbytes.blogspot.com and @CraigSeasholes.
Kristin SierraKristin Sierra is a third year Teacher Librarian at Baker Middle School in Tacoma, Washington. In an effort to engage and connect students with fun, hands on learning they wouldn’t otherwise have, she started Baker’s Makers. Over the course of a year Baker’s Makers grew from one art center to a thriving Maker Space that offers building circuits, coding, virtual reality headsets, green screen creativity, 3D Print design, robotics, sewing, knitting, and more. Learn how to start small with what you’ve got, empower student to lead in areas they love and connect with those in your community to begin building a Maker Space in your library. Her first published article, “If You Build It, They Will Come,” was featured in AASL’s Knowledge Quest Nov/Dec 2017 edition.
Jenny TakedaJenny Takeda is a District Librarian for the Beaverton School District in Oregon. The Library Services team of three District Librarians provides leadership, professional development, and support for more than 80 library staff personnel and is part of Beaverton’s Instructional Innovation team. Jenny co-facilitates a Professional Learning Community of District Librarians from the Portland Metro area and is Secretary for the Oregon Association of School Libraries.