INFOhio, Ohio’s PreK-12 Digital Library, supports educators statewide by providing quality digital content, web tools, and professional development at no cost. Through our train-the-trainer INFOhio ICoach program, teacher leaders learn to integrate INFOhio’s digital content into instruction using our Learning Pathways training curriculum. Educators build capacity as teacher leaders by offering professional development opportunities for their own schools and districts on INFOhio tools and resources. INFOhio empowers Ohio educators to become teacher leaders by expanding their professional learning network through our ICoach train-the-trainer program.
Every quarter, INFOhio will be featuring the amazing work of INFOhio ICoaches across the state. Not only are INFOhio ICoaches trained to share INFOhio’s quality resources with their schools and districts, but they are also champions of equity. At INFOhio, we believe that every Ohio student deserves the opportunity to learn from high-quality, standards-aligned instructional materials to become a resilient, lifelong learner who contributes to society. In alignment with Ohio Department of Education’s Each Child, Our Future strategic plan, we support the core principles of equity, partnerships, and quality schools.
WHO INSPIRES YOU? WHY?
My two children inspire me. They are both artists and creatives. Their passion, drive, and non-traditional career choices are exciting to witness. Actually pursuing a career in art and the confidence to do so speaks volumes. They inspire me to continue to create and explore my various interests. Our home is like a creative incubator. The many ideas shared among us lead to new opportunities. That creative energy keeps me motivated.
WHAT IS YOUR HIDDEN TALENT?
The ability to draw is my hidden talent. People are surprised to discover that I can draw. Students will often ask why I did not become an art teacher and my usual response is as a librarian I can share all of my interests with you and art happens to be one of them. This is always a good way to encourage students to read books about their interests.
WHEN YOU HAVE 30 MINUTES OF FREE TIME, HOW DO YOU PASS THE TIME?
When I have free time I am either reading, writing, or thinking of ways to execute new ideas I have.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING AN INFOHIO ICOACH?
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE INFOHIO RESOURCE? WHY?
DESCRIBE YOUR "BIGGEST WIN" THAT DEMONSTRATES HOW YOUR ROLE AS AN INFOHIO ICOACH AND INTEGRATION OF INFOHIO RESOURCES SUPPORTS INSTRUCTION, STUDENT LEARNING, OR EQUITY WITHIN YOUR SCHOOL.
Dr. Shealey afforded me an opportunity to then share with other library media specialists within our district how to gain access to more than 1200 titles within the Storia eBook collection and navigate this educational resource. I felt it was a win for all to share yet another great resource from INFOhio that teachers and students could use to support instruction and the curriculum. All teachers and students gained access and could now select and read books of interest or books assigned by teachers during remote and in-person learning.