Written by Jennifer Boren
It is hard to believe that our conference is behind us and we are already looking forward to the upcoming year! During our Annual Business Meeting at TASLCon19, a voting measure to elect the 2020 TASL Slate of Officers was held. The 2020 Slate of Officers is as follows:
Slate of Officers for 2020
Vicki Winstead- President
Lindsey Kimery – President-elect
Elizabeth Shepherd – Secretary
Ginny Britt – Treasurer
Past President – Jennifer Sharp
Thank you to the Nominating Committee, under the chairmanship of Past President, Jennifer Sharp, for the presentation of the 2020 Slate of Officers as a 2020 Voting Measure.
TASL’s Pathway to Leadership
We want to share with you how our current TASL leaders started within the TASL organization in hopes that it will inspire YOU to take the next step yourself! Read about our 2020 slate of officers here. Other members will be featured in upcoming publications. All Pathway to Leadership entries are written by the members themselves.
Nominated as TASL’s 2020 President:
Vicki Winstead is the school librarian at Vance Middle School in Bristol, TN. She is a member of her school leadership team and is a Teacher Ambassador for Bristol Tennessee City School. Vicki holds a Master of Education in School Library Media from East Tennessee State University and a Master of Science in Information Science from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Early in her career, she realized the importance of belonging to TASL. Working in a small school district means you don’t always have access to quality professional development geared towards school librarians. TASL has provided many opportunities over the years to learn and grow as a school librarian that she feels she would not have had otherwise. One of the other great benefits of TASL membership that Vicki enjoys are the networking opportunities. Meeting other school librarians from across the state, making connections and sharing ideas has helped her develop a tremendous professional learning network that she relies on throughout the year. Vicki got involved in TASL leadership early on- first by serving on committees, and then moving into the role of Area Representative. She served as TASL secretary in 2017 and is currently serving as 2019 President-Elect/Conference Chair. Vicki loves to travel with her husband Bob and spend time with their adult children, Joseph and Rachel. She looks forward to continuing to serve TASL as 2020 President.—————————————————————————————————————–
Nominated as TASL’s 2020 President-Elect:
Lindsey Kimery is the librarian at Woodland Middle School in Brentwood, TN. She is the President-Elect and Advocacy Chair of the Tennessee Association of School Librarians, Chair of Library Legislative Day for the Tennessee Library Association, and Vice-President of the Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival. She was awarded Teacher of the Year twice at Woodland Middle School and is the recipient of TLA’s Louise Meredith School Library Media Award. She has presented at TASL, AASL, LEAD TN, and the Scholastic Reading Summit. A former English teacher, and long time librarian, she blends her love for teaching and for libraries in her work, and shares ideas and inspiration for school libraries on her blog, LibraryStile.
Nominated as TASL’s 2020 Secretary:
Elizabeth Shepherd is a teacher librarian at Discovery School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She has been an educator for fifteen years and a teacher librarian for the past six years, earning Teacher of the Year at her school in 2016. She has been a member of TASL since going back to MTSU for her librarian certification and has been involved ever since, most recently serving as TASL Treasurer from 2018-2019, and she is looking forward to stepping into her new role as TASL Secretary for 2020. Shepherd loves nonfiction picture books, YA novels, makerspaces, and geeking out over just about anything. She lives in Murfreesboro with her husband Jon, her kids Ryan and Jenna, and their dog Sadie.
Nominated as TASL’s 2020 Treasurer:
Ginny Britt grew up in Middle Tennessee and received her B.S. in Music Education from Austin Peay State University. After completing her Master’s in Educational Media and Technology with an emphasis in School Library Media from East Tennessee State University, she moved to Middle Tennessee to begin her career teaching in the Tennessee Public school system as a librarian. She served as the librarian at Fairview High School from 2007-2009. Her continued interest in supporting teachers in the field of technology integration led Ginny to enroll in a Ph.D. program at The University of Tennessee in the fall of 2009. During her time at UTK, she had the privilege of teaching a core course in the Teacher Education department for four years.
From 2013-2015, Ginny was an Instructional Technology Coach in Williamson County Schools. From 2016-2017, she served as the Librarian at Nolensville High School. Ginny is currently the Media and Materials Coordinator for Robertson County Schools where she serves as Librarian Supervisor to 19 school librarians, Textbook Coordinator and runs their Teacher Center. She has been a member of TASL for many years and most recently served as the Red River Region representative to the board. She is very excited to take on the role of Treasurer in 2020.
TASL’s 2020 Past President:
To date I have served as the President, President-Elect, and Conference Chair for TASL, and I am currently one of two librarians at John Overton High School in Nashville; the upcoming school year will be my seventh year as a school librarian. I first joined TASL as a graduate student in 2012, and I have loved being a part of this community! My first leadership role was actually through TLA (Tennessee Library Association) – I served as Chair of the School Libraries Section for several years, and one of my duties in that role was attending board meetings of both TLA and TASL to serve as a liaison between the two organizations. Attending board meetings regularly helped me to meet colleagues and work closely with TASL board members, which led to my role as Intellectual Freedom Chair – and then to my role as President-Elect!
My suggestion to anyone interested in exploring leadership in TASL is to jump right in – start now! TASL succeeds as an organization thanks to committed members who volunteer their time and energy, and we are always thrilled to have more hands on deck. We would all be happy to find a place for you based on your unique interests and strengths. You can start with something small, or not – whatever makes sense for you.
I have found TASL to be a fabulous network of support and camaraderie, and serving on the board has been rewarding for me both professionally and personally. Being a part of TASL – and now, being a TASL leader – is so important to me because I believe the work we are doing is critical to school librarianship, both in Tennessee and on the whole! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions, or if you’d like to get involved!