Monday, October 22, 2012

IASL Candidates

Included in this email are description for each of the candidates and the positions they are running for.  Once you have read through the candidates and determined who you would like to vote for please click on the link at the bottom of this email to be taken to the ballot where you can place your votes.  This will only take a minute so please make sure you vote.

Vice President/President-Elect

Dixie Forcht serves as the PK-12 Teacher Librarian for the East Marshall Community Schools. Dixie is a native Texan, and has been in Iowa since 2006. Dixie has a master's in Communication Studies from the University of North Texas, a master's in School Library Studies from the University of Northern Iowa, and is currently working toward the Advanced Studies Certificate in Educational Leadership and a TAG endorsement at UNI. Dixie has presented at the last two IASL Conferences.

Christine Sturgeon is a K-12 teacher librarian/technology integrationist, working at Manson Northwest Webster School District.  She is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa (BA, Elementary Education, 2009), and the University of Missouri (MA, Information Science and Learning Technology, with an Emphasis in Library Science, 2011).  Previously, she worked at the Sioux City Public Library in the Youth Services department, and volunteered for years in her children's school libraries.  She spoke at the IASL meeting in April ("Gosh!  You could have told me that!") and the TICL conference in June ("Limitless learning: Combining 21st century skills, digital citizenship, and student interests into an independent study high school class").  She is a member of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council for the North Central region.  She is a mother of five and lives with her husband and their school-aged children in rural Gowrie.  You can follow Christine on her blog at or on Twitter at@c_sturgeon.


Sue Inhelder serves as Teacher Librarian at Marshalltown High School and District Resource Specialist for Marshalltown Community School District Libraries.  Originally from Iowa, Sue returned to the state in 2003 after her husband retired from active duty with the Air Force.  She has a Master of Library Science and Information Services from the University of Central Missouri.  Sue is passionate about reader engagement: she co-founded and is coordinator of Iowa High School Battle of the Books and publishes a daily YA Book of the Day Quote.  Sue has hosted a table presentation at an IASL conference, has served as IASL Member-at-Large, and currently serves as IASL interim Secretary/Treasurer.

Judy Russell is currently the District Librarian for Saydel Schools in Des Moines. She has previously worked at Dallas Center-Grimes K - 8, Newton (Berg) K-6, Prairie City-Monroe K-12, Carlisle 7-12 and Murray K-12, for a total 30 years of experience as a school librarian. She has served on the Iowa Teen Award committee for several years and was selected to present at the 2010 and 2012 IASL Conferences.

At-Large Board Member (Membership Chair)

Chelsea Sims is the Teacher Librarian at Hills Elementary and South East Junior High in Iowa City. Chelsea earned her B.A. in Secondary English Education at Cornell College and her M.A. in School Library Studies at University of Northern Iowa. She is energetic, with skills and leadership qualities that will be an asset to the organization.  Chelsea is an enthusiastic advocate for school library programs and hopes to bring her creativity and passion to IASL.

Diane Brown--I am excited to be nominated for the position of IASL At-Large Executive Board Member representing membership.  Professionally, I have been a member of the IASL and a full-time Teacher-Librarian at Central Middle School in Muscatine, IA since 1999. I graduated from the University of Iowa in 2000.   Since then, I have seen many changes in the terminology in our field.  What hasn’t changed is our need to work together on behalf of our profession.  I will be glad to do that as an IASL Board Member.  I am also a member of the Iowa State Education Association and a building representative for our local union.  Personally, I am the proud mother of two very busy high-school boys.  I love to read and sew.  I make cards, quilts, and other fun crafts in my free time.  I am honored to be considered for this IASL position.


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