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2021 OELMA Awards Spotlight on Angie Jameson, Collaborative School Library Award Recipient

Angie Jameson, Library Media Director at Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools, is one of the 2021 OELMA Award recipients for The Collaborative School Library Annual Award.
The Collaborative School Library Award recognizes and encourages collaboration and partnerships between school library media specialists and the school community through joint planning of a program, project, or event in support of the curriculum, using school library resources, and incorporating the AASL Standards (2017). Let’s take a moment and learn some fun facts about Angie!
Librarian: Year 5 Educator: Year 8
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
A: A Teacher
Q: Who has inspired you in your professional career?
A: My cooperating teacher, Dr. Shannon Beach, has been an inspiration to me since the day I met her as my professor at Kent State. She's driven me to go above and beyond in my professional career. Most importantly, she's inspired me to focus on what's most important: the students.
Q: If you could "meet" any character from a book who would it be and why?
A: Junie B. Jones. Barbara Park is one of the authors who cultivated my love for reading and comedy. My daughter takes my old Junie B. Jones plush doll with her everywhere we go, and it would be such a treat for us both to meet her.
Q: What was your first job?
A: Honeybaked Ham Sandwich Artist.
Q: What is the furthest place you have traveled?
A: Mexico
Q: What was your favorite book as a child and why?
A: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry introduced me to learning history through literature. It was a powerful realization for me, as I struggled to stay engaged in textbook reading/traditional learning.
Q: What is your favorite tech tool or app right now that you cannot live without?
A: Sora!
Q: What inspires you the most about working in education and libraries?
A: Watching students grow as leaders and readers.
Q: Would you like to say anything specific about your award and/or winning your award within your spotlight? Share below!
A: I would like to applaud my teachers and staff for their willingness to take risks with me during the 2020-2021 school year. The cutting edge technology and combination of tools helped our students and parents stay as connected as possible during a year full of uncertainties. Partnering with the entire middle school staff to build a virtual curriculum night put many teachers outside their comfort zones, but without them, the success of this initiative would not have been possible. The success of our virtual curriculum night platform impacted many content areas, ranging from 8th-grade student Spanish Vlogs to Music Concert designs. Extended family members were invited into virtual classrooms and to our Performing Arts Center, even when our school doors were closed to visitors. I am so grateful for the opportunities and support Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools provides for our teaching staff, and I am so honored to work within this community.
Congratulations, Angie, and OELMA is so excited to honor you with this award! This award is a testament to your dedication, passion, and innovation which leads to the larger success of your learning community!