Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Meet Jeni Sloan!

This IASL member graduated in 2009 from the University of Northern Iowa.  She has been an IASL member for 3-5 years.  Currently she is at J.C.Hoglan Elementary in Marshalltown where her hidden talent of finding just the right book for her students is put to good use.  

She has about 400 students that she works with and she enjoys hearing about new apps to use with her kids.  Her favorite app is Animoto. She says,”It is so versatile, and the kids feel like they have a professional looking project when they are done.”  Sue Inhelder, IASL Secretary/Treasurer and Marshalltown high school teacher-librarian, is her mentor.  Sue never stops looking for ways to improve the program, so that kids have the skills necessary to succeed in our technology filled world.  

Jeni would love to have the district superintendent visit for the day because she would love to show him what teacher-librarians do in order for kids to succeed.  She says, “I think he would be blown away by how our program tailors the instruction, material purchases, and a hundred other things toward our #1 goal.  The goal?  To  have our students thrive in a world full of information and technology at their fingertips.”

When Jeni isn’t teaching, helping kids find books, sharing apps with her students, and hundreds of other things at work, she enjoys spending time outdoors.  

Interview by Diane Brown