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Mark Tuel, Library Media Specialist at Mount Vernon High School, Is Appointed Editor of OELMA’s Spectrum

As president of OELMA, I am pleased to announce that Mark Tuel, library media specialist at Mount Vernon High School, will be the new Editor of OELMA’s peer-reviewed journal, Spectrum. Mark has a B.A. in English from Mount Vernon Nazarene University, an M.A. in Special Education with an emphasis on Gifted and Talented and licensure in School Library Media from The Ohio State University. Mark brings to this position a rich background as an English/Language Arts teacher for thirteen years, a school library media specialist for fifteen years as well as a consultant librarian for Mount Vernon Academy and as a consultant for talented and gifted programming at the Knox County ESC. As an adjunct instructor for several years, Mark taught an English/Language Arts methods course at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Mark has been a member of OELMA for many years and presented with his principal at the 2011 Annual Conference on virtual instruction using Moodle. He is very active in the Mount Vernon Education Association both as an officer and as a negotiator in which he helped bargain four negotiated agreements. His professional involvement also includes serving as president of the Kokosing Valley Chapter of the International Reading Association as well as presenting at the National Association for Gifted Children’s Conference. Mark is married to Crystal who has taught Spanish for 34 years grades 7 through university. As of January 1, 2014, Sheila Campbell stepped down as Editor of Spectrum after 8 years of dedicated service. The Spectrum is a peer-reviewed online journal that serves as a forum for discussing important issues and highlighting best practices in school librarianship.   The Spectrum is published annually in September. The next issue will focus on collaboration among school, public, academic, and special libraries.