Friday, October 9, 2015

IASL officer election biographies

By position, then alphabetical.

Vice President/President-Elect

Kate Kauffman

Katy Kauffman is currently a teacher librarian at Ankeny Southview Middle School; prior to that, she was a National Board certified high school English teacher. Katy holds a BA in English and an MA in School Library Studies; in addition, she has extensive graduate coursework in educational technology, administration, and English Language Learning. Her research areas include the role of the teacher librarian in the implementation of MTSS, online learning and teaching, technology/multimedia in the classroom, and information literacy.

As a librarian, Katy enjoys working with both teachers and students, reading and talking about books, and supporting learning in the classroom while advocating the safe use of emerging technologies. She is a strong advocate for a 24/7 school library program, developing online outreaches and summertime programming. She works with her building PLCs and Instructional Leadership Team; participates on various district technology and curriculum committees; has presented at various conferences, including IASL and ITEC; and promotes the IASL Conference 2016 in her role as publicity chair.

Having gleaned many benefits from what IASL offers, Katy is seeking the office of vice president to enhance the organization. Her goals are to 1) strengthen active membership by promoting the IASL conference and involving more voices from across Iowa; 2) build on the strong voice of advocacy established with the Iowa Legislature in recent years and promote the integral nature of school librarians in education; 3) develop a mentor network and foster a PLC mentality within our IASL member Professional Learning Network; 4) create a repository of tools, resources, and experts to be developed by and shared with all members of IASL. Katy Kauffman sees herself as a “serving leader” in the role of teacher librarian and envisions serving in this manner as IASL Vice President.

Sarah Staudt

Sarah Staudt is in her eighth year as the K-12 teacher-librarian at Mason City Community Schools after having taught for four years in other literacy-related classrooms. During Sarah’s time there, she has shown flexibility, a willingness for change, and a desire for challenges as her position has evolved over time. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Sarah is an active presenter and participant at a variety of librarian, education, and technology conferences, both at the local and state level. Sarah’s passions and priorities as a teacher-librarian are to learn, to stay on top of, and to share current and innovative topics, trends, and initiatives in education. In her libraries, students celebrate and connect with quality literature, support their learning with technology, and learn and collaborate with students across Iowa and the country. As the IASL VP/President Elect, Sarah hopes to increase IASL membership, to inspire and lead IASL to become a model state TL association, and to continue to work with teacher librarians across the state to build a strong team of collaborative teacher librarians.


Micki Hartwig

Micki Hartwig is the Teacher Librarian at Central Middle School in Waterloo, where she has been for 10 years. She has a 7-12 certification in School Library Media Studies and a MA from UNI, BS from ISU. She is an obsessive reader, compulsive writer, passionate techie, mother,  and wife. Twitter: iowabookchick

Jen Keltner

Jen is in her second year as the teacher librarian at Muscatine High School. In addition, this year she is a building model teacher, a mentor, and a member of the Building Leadership Team and the Site-Based Review Council. She previously taught 6th and 8th grade English at ADM Middle School in Adel and Tipton Middle School. She graduated with a BA in English Education from Iowa State University in 2006 and a Masters in School Library Studies from the University of Northern Iowa in 2014. After being a classroom teacher for seven years, Jen decided to become a teacher librarian after seeing the amazing impact a successful library program has on school culture and student learning - and because her teacher librarian mom, Cindy Kunde, raised her with a true love of libraries and reading.  Jen currently lives in Columbus Junction, where her husband, Kasey, is a teacher and coach. Their daughter, Eloise (named after the author S.E. Hinton), was born this past July.

At-large member

Miranda Kral

Miranda Kral is in her fifth year of education and as a Teacher Librarian.  Currently, she is the District Teacher Librarian at Solon Community Schools in Solon.  She received her BA in Elementary Education, as well as her MA in School Library Studies, both from UNI.  Miranda works collaboratively with staff and students to infuse information and technology literacy into curriculum.  She also has served as Exhibitor Contact for the IASL conference for the past two years.

Marci Titera

Marcia Titera is the Media Specialist for Dunkerton Schools, Wapsie Valley Schools, and Tripoli Schools. She has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant, and a Master’s in School Library Media Studies from UNI.  She has been in the library field for six years, and before that, taught second grade in Phoenix, AZ for one year. Marci would like the chance to work on the IASL board to be a voice for all of you who are being shared with more than one district.