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Elizabeth (Beth) Andersen

Beth Andersen was a high school and middle school teacher for nine years. During her teaching years she spent so much time in the library that other teachers would consult with her on library matters. Later, she took a job as Library Clerk at her alma mater, Westbrook High School (Maine) then entered the SL&IT program. Elizabeth is now Head Librarian and credits the SL&IT program for providing "the vocabulary and expertise" to vastly improve her students' access to information.

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Karey Killian (PSLA Outstanding Student Librarian)

Millville graduate Karey Killian is currently serving the Millville Area School District fulfilling the roles of Elementary School Librarian and Instructional Supervisor for Millville’s Digital Academy. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Houghton College and obtained her Master’s in School Library & Information Technologies from Mansfield University in December 2011.

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Nancy Galusha

Six years ago I approached my husband, Jerry, with a request. I asked him if he could and would support my dream of returning to graduate school for a new degree. I had finished my master’s degree in Elementary Education shortly after we were married and at the time I proclaimed, "I’ll never step foot in a classroom as a student again." In some ways I kept that promise. This time, I explained, I wanted to earn an online master’s degree in School Libraries and Information Technology from Mansfield University and the best part about it was that I could do it all from my own computer; no classrooms, no traveling and no nights away from the family.

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Sallyann Talley

This past June when I closed down my classroom, I experienced all of the normal emotions. The room felt empty without my twenty-four students, and although I was looking forward to the summer break, I knew I would miss my students and the wonderful times we had shared throughout the year. I feel this same way at the end of every school year, but this year it was different. I would not be coming back to Derry Township as a fourth grade teacher in the fall. I would be returning as a School Library Media Specialist. With that realization, all feelings of sadness vanished, and I could not contain the huge grin which covered my face.

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Carol Wanyo (PSLA Outstanding Student Librarian)

Carol Wanyo was recognized as the Outstanding Student Librarian at the Pennsylvania School Librarians (PSLA) Annual Conference in May 2008. Carol Wanyo serves as a teacher/librarian for the Hazleton Area School District. She teaches in four schools: Freeland Elementary/Middle School, Heights Terrace Elementary/Middle School, McAdoo Kelayres Elementary School, and West Hazleton Elementary/Middle School.

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Heather Hedderman

I began my quest for a master’s degree in School Librarian and Information Technology in May 2006. I began with one course during the summer and quickly decided that this was the profession for me.

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Susan Berrier

Beginning my third year as an elementary school librarian in the Chambersburg Area School District, I continue to enjoy the wide variety of teaching experiences that my job offers. In a typical day, I work with all grade levels, from kindergarten through fifth grade – it’s never boring! Having been a fifth-grade teacher, I am enjoying the opportunity to work with students for six years in a row, helping them to grow as readers and information users. 

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Tammy Kay Bixler-Zalesinsky

The Mansfield University Master of Education Program in School Library and Information Technology (SL& IT) opened many doors of possibilities for me. Two aspects of the program struck me when I began taking classes in Fall Semester 2006. It is a rigorous program, and it is very practical. It was the intensity of the program and the dedication of the faculty which prepared me well for what I was later to encounter while working on my doctorate and taking on various leadership roles. The practicality of the program is particularly attractive because when one is working in such depth on assignments, it is easier to value the work when you know you will be able to put it into practice in a school setting.

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Melissa Engel-Unruh (PSLA Outstanding Student Librarian)

Melissa Engel-Unruh was recognized as the Outstanding Student Librarian at the Pennsylvania School Librarians (PSLA) Annual Conference in May 2009. As a high school Library Media Specialist (LMS), formerly known as a school librarian, I am involved in much more than just checking out books to students. In fact, I have four main responsibilities with my job, keeping me forever on my toes and never bored.

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Walt Kozlowski

After graduating from Mansfield’s SL&IT’s program in 2005, my goal was to make the switch from 9th-grade English teacher and 8th-grade history teacher to school library media specialist at Mount Carmel Area Junior-Senior High School. That goal was realized much sooner than I anticipated when the SLMS made a surprise decision to retire early after the 2005-06 school year.

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Mia Krause

After teaching in a classroom for 11 years I went back to Mansfield University to complete the School Library Program. I am very pleased that I changed direction as the school library is a magical place where each day offers new challenges, fulfilling projects and wonderful opportunities to interact with students, staff, community members, and administrative personnel.

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Penny Slate

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” ― C.S. Lewis
I am never embarrassed to tell people that when I finally graduated from Mansfield University December 2010 from the School Library & Information Technologies Online Master’s program I was 49 years old.  So I totally agree with C.S. Lewis that you are never too old.  Becoming a School Librarian was my dream.  A dream that came true thanks to Mansfield University, the SL&I T department and the all of their wonderful faculty and staff.

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Tracey Wong – 2013 Outstanding School Library Student

Tracey Wong is a first year School Library Media Specialist at PS 54 in the Bronx. She graduated with a BA in English Literature from SUNY Binghamton, a MST in Elementary Education from Pace University, a MA in Reading from CUNY- Lehman and most recently a M. Ed. in School Library Information Technology from Mansfield University.  She was selected by the faculty as the Outstanding School Library Student and was honored at the 2013 Academic Honors Reception at Mansfield University.

Tracey's teaching experiences include Reading Recovery, 1st and 4th grade as well as Leveled Intervention. She became a school librarian through a friend's recommendation. Her first year has been very successful. Tracey has been able to continual advocate for the library and is viewed as a leader by her administration. Tracey has published two articles and has received over twelve grants. One grant encourages family engagement through the establishment of a community garden and another one is in collaboration with the gym teacher to promote healthy lifestyles.

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