Jessica Prosper Library Media Specialist

A native of Massachusetts, I currently reside in Savannah, Georgia and work for the Savannah Chatham County Public School System. With a total of 6 years working in school media centers, I have a firm grasp on the responsibilities and skills needed to manage a media center. My passion for transliteracy inspires me to stay abreast of innovative technology tools to bring to students and staff. I am pursuing an Ed.S in School Media at the University of West Georgia. I love reading the latest young adult titles and enjoy blogging about it to share my enthusiasm.

Life Long Learners!

My goal is to prepare and empower students to become active, responsible and inquisitive members of a global society.

Collaborative Spaces

My media center's environment is comfortable, welcoming and conducive to participatory learning, transliteracy and students as creators. One of my priorities is fostering student ownership of the library through their involvement with innovations such as, creating an Hour of Code club, facilitating book clubs and peer read-aloud time, a separate teen reading area, maker spaces and library promotions for special occasions and school activities.

Empower Students as Creators

Preparing and empowering students to become an active, responsible and engaged member of a global society through activities such as Hour of Code, Live Twitter Chats, Author Visits, QR Code scavenger hunts and student run book fairs.

Building Instructional Partnerships

We celebrated DOT DAY at my school which is a global movement to promote self confidence and a positive mindset inspired by the book THE DOT by Peter Reynolds. It was a multi-level and cross curriculum celebration that both students and staff thoroughly enjoyed.

Community Partnerships

I am working with crime prevention officers to offer classrooms bi-monthly visits. During the Savannah Children's festival we had an author visit from Bob Shea. Links of savannah, Love mentors and Savannah crime prevention officers read aloud to students during Read Across America day.

Curation of Digital Resources

Invested in multi-media resources for subject content areas and increased ebook selections. With the district upgrade to Destiny Discover, I look forward to utilizing its curation potential for one stop searching.

Education History

University of West Georgia currently pursuing an Ed.S in School Media

Clarion University awarded MLS in 2013

Bridgewater State College awarded B.S. in 2006

Certifications

K-12 Library Media Specialist P-5 elementary education

Common Sense Media Certified Educator since 2014

Employment History

East Broad Street K-8 School Library Media Technology Specialist August 2015 - present

Responsible for creating an environment that is both comfortable, welcoming and conducive to participatory learning through collaboration with students and staff. Foster an environment of creativity and student ownership of the media center through student involvement with promotions such as, hour of code, book clubs, peer reading and more. First responder to technology issues and fixed asset inventories for the building.

South Portland Middle School, Portland, ME Library Media Specialist August 2013-August 2015

Responsible for creating and integrating a rigorous, collaborative and engaging 21st century skills curriculum via direct support to classroom teachers and students by team teaching, coaching and modeling; instill a love of reading and appreciation of literature by offering book clubs, reading incentive programs, author visits; management of collection development and weeding, budget, and book inventory.

Accomplishments:

^Helped create K-12 Information Literacy Essential Learning Targets for South Portland School District.

^Worked in conjunction with the instructional technologist and guidance department to become a Common Sense Media Certified School

^Facilitated a school wide reading challenge focusing on genres. We used Biblionasium as a digital platform to create a community of readers in a safe online environment and increased independent reading

^Skyped with Marissa Meyer, author of Lunar Chronicles, students created questions to ask her about the book Cinder they read in book club

^Guest of the library: Ben Hatke, author and illustrator of Zita the SpaceGirl

^Increased ebook selection and ebook usage from 100 yearly checkouts to 1000 checkouts last year

Windham High School, Windham, ME Library Media Clerk January 2012 - August 2013

Responsible for management of circulation; processing materials; interlibrary loan requests; creating displays, performing inventory and weeding; reader advisory; help students and staff locate in house and online resource materials; operate audiovisual equipment; training of student volunteers; monitoring of students.

Credits:

Created with images by Pexels - "blue colors gear" • Wokandapix - "education school back to school" • DariuszSankowski - "knowledge book library" • kropekk_pl - "keyboard facebook media" • quinntheislander - "laptop computer cup of coffee" • jklugiewicz - "karate martial arts computer"

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