After seven years as a school librarian, Mrs. Shannon Steimel has returned to the ELA classroom. She teaches high school English for Hazelwood School District. Shannon is an ISTE Certified Educator and believes in the power of technology to transform learning. She has served as a Future Ready Schools Project Manager and is currently serving on Gear Refresh Advisory Group for Robust Infrastructure. Shannon was a 2017 Midwest Education Technology Conference Spotlight Educator and serves on the METC Planning and Advisory Council. She is also a board member of the Educational Technology Association of St. Louis. 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. Her 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 is 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 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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