After three years back in ELA classrooms, Mrs. Shannon Steimel is excited to be returning to the library. She is a new pk-5 Librarian in St. Louis, MO. Shannon is an ISTE Certified Educator and believes in the power of technology to transform learning. She is a member of her district technology committee and leads a building-level technology committee that has propelled her school forward in technology use. She has served as a Future Ready Schools Project Manager and was a member of Gear Refresh Advisory Group for Robust Infrastructure. In 2020, she was awarded the Educational Technology Association of St. Louis award for major contributions to technology programs of St. Louis area schools; she had served on their board for many years. Shannon was named 2018-2019 Greater St. Louis School Librarian Association Library Media Specialist of the Year. This award is given annually to a school librarian to recognize a librarian’s distinguished service and leadership in his/her school library and demonstrated a commitment to libraries, especially school libraries, which can serve as a model for others in the profession. Shannon was a 2017 Midwest Education Technology Conference Spotlight Educator and serves on the METC Planning and Advisory Council. Her library work also earned her the 2016 Lift For Life Academy Operations Service Award for exceptional work in support services, education program effectiveness, collaboration and innovation. She was the 2018 recipient of the Lift For Life Academy Bogard Outstanding Teacher of the Humanities award and the Missouri Charter Schools 2018 Innovative Education Promising Practice Award winner. Along with providing professional development for her district, she often presents locally and at worldwide virtual conferences such as Library 2.0. She has even hosted her own local virtual mini-conferences. She has a Master of Arts in School Library Media from Lindenwood University and Bachelor of Science in Education from University of Missouri-Columbia. She has previously reviewed professional books for Talking Points, an NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) publication. Follow her on Twitter @ShannonSteimel.

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