by Brandi Hartsell
TASL is an amazing organization. But it is the people who dedicate their time and energy that make it great. We at TASL Talks want to highlight our leaders and express our gratitude for their commitment to our wonderful profession. We will be featuring each member of leadership throughout the remainder of the year. I’m excited to share with you more about Area Rep Johnnie Sue Hawley.
Name: Johnnie Sue Hawley
School: South Side School
Position Within TASL: Area Representative for the Holston River Region
How has being a member of TASL impacted your practice as a school librarian?
Being networked with so many librarians has been so beneficial! I have tons of connections to gather information or advice for everything from library management to instruction! Literally anything! Everyone is so helpful and the PD offered is specifically directed to MY job!
What do you value most about the profession?
Connecting students to books they love (especially when you can help a reluctant reader find the book that helps him discover a love of reading) to develop lifelong readers is the the aspect I most value in my profession.
What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading the OWL DIARIES! I’ve been a middle school librarian for a decade and decided to venture back into elementary land–I’m discovering all the great elementary books written since I was last at this level!
Anything else you would like to share?
Best job in the school!