Mrs. Shannon Steimel is Library Media Specialist at Lift for Life Academy, a public, nonprofit charter school in St. Louis. She believes librarians play a key role in ed tech leadership and serves as the Academy’s Technology Committee Chair and Future Ready Project Manager. Her work earned her the 2016 LFLA Operations Service Award for exceptional work in support services, education program effectiveness, collaboration and innovation. She is the 2018 recipient of the LFLA Bogard Outstanding Teacher of the Humanities award and the Missouri Charter Schools 2018 Innovative Education Promising Practice Award winner. She was a 2017 Midwest Education Technology Conference Spotlight Educator and serves on the METC Planning and Advisory Council. Along with providing professional development for her district, she often presents locally and at worldwide virtual conferences such as Library 2.0. Shannon is also a board member of the Educational Technology Association of St. Louis. She has a Master of Arts in School Library Media from Lindenwood University, and she is currently obtaining ISTE Certification. She has previously reviewed professional books and web tools for Talking Points, an NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) publication. Follow her on Twitter @ShannonSteimel.

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