A New Degree = Time for an Update

IMG_3180Hello and welcome to my website! If you have found yourself here, likely I’ve either sent you the link or you’ve come here via LinkedIn, or perhaps you are one of the few people who followed this page several years ago and you received an alert that at long last it has been updated. Regardless, welcome.

This site was initially required as part of my Library and Information Science Degree, a digital portfolio to house all my course work, a showcase if you will, of all that I accomplished. For the last 6 years it has lay mostly dormant. The time has come however, to resurrect this page and update it with everything I have done since graduation. To start, I got a job in the Syracuse City School District and have been busy molding young minds as a middle school librarian. For those of you who work with middle schoolers, you know how chaotic and exciting middle school is. I had initially intended to be an elementary school librarian, but after a few weeks of being at the middle school level I knew it was the perfect fit.

After 5 years of teaching in one school I took two big steps.

First I went back to school (again). For those of you that know me in person, you know that I don’t go long without taking a class of some sort. I love college and taking classes. Back when I initially went to Syracuse University for Library Science it was a toss up between two certification areas; School Media and Cultural Heritage Preservation. At that time I chose School Media (and haven’t regretted it for a second). Last year I got word that the Cultural Heritage Preservation CAS was no longer going to be a program, so I knew that it was now or never, so I applied and in December 2017 I graduated from the program. It made for a very busy year, but one that allowed me to explore Museums, History, the National Park System, Memory work and how the library fits into those topics, as well as allowing me to take a great internship in the Adirondack Mountains as an Interpretation Intern. Needless to say that while I am still a school librarian, the CAS in Cultural Heritage Preservation has brought me one step closer to the dream job of being an outdoor educator in the National Park System.

The second big change was that I switched schools to an Expeditionary Learning Middle School in my current district. It has allowed me to work with the same population of kids (who I adore) and branch out in what I can do as a librarian. To learn more about Expeditionary Learning, visit EL Education’s Website. While I have only been at ELMS for a few months, I’ve already had the opportunity to work on amazing projects with the students that have allowed them to venture out into the community to really see how they can impact the world around them.

On this website you will be able to find lesson plans and presentations, which I will keep updated moving forward.

Thank you for visiting my website!

If you have any questions I can be emailed at kate.taddeo@gmail.com

 

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