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. 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. The librarian will have made a significant impact on the students and staff in his/her school. He/She will have 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 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 serves on the Future Ready Schools Gear Refresh Advisory Group for Robust Infrastructure. She has a Master of Arts in School Library Media from Lindenwood University, and she is an ISTE Certified Educator. 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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