In honor of School Library Month (April) and the #whylib hashtag, I'm going to take a few moments to share why I became a librarian.
When I graduated from college, I got the chance to go overseas for a year and teach English to 3-6th grade students. I loved the experience, and with some trial and error and a co-teacher who took it upon herself to be a mentor to me, I began to feel like maybe education was something I wanted to pursue. But then that year-long stint ended, and I found myself at a 8-6 desk job that made me miserable, and about six weeks into the job, I began to realize that teaching brought me joy. Whenever I thought of my kiddos, I felt a deep longing to be teaching again. After all, if something can make you get out of bed and smile and laugh on one of the worst days of your life, it's worth thinking about.
However, I didn't see myself getting an M.Ed. and being a homeroom teacher, but at the same time, I knew I had to teach. And then I stumbled onto school librarianship. A field that would let me teach, constantly learn new things, introduce kids to ideas, concepts, and critical thinking skills, be surrounded by books, and let me integrate technology (all things, it turns out, I had already been doing that year abroad without even realizing it)? I couldn't believe such a perfect job existed.
I applied to graduate school, quit my job, moved back to the US, and the rest, as they say, is history. I still cannot believe that I get paid to do something that brings me so much joy and satisfaction on a daily basis. That's #whylib.
My name is Ms. Bery. I am a PK-8 library media specialist in the Boston area. In addition to being a certified school librarian, I am also certified in instructional technology, and have a strong interest in exploring and integrating technology in new and exciting ways in the classroom.
I am also a 2016 PBS LearningMedia Local Digital Innovator, and a 2015 recipient of the Massachusetts School Library Association's President's Award.
Check out the Sandbox for apps and websites I've found useful in supporting student learning and creativity. I also review children's, middle grade, and young adult books on Instagram.
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