UNI School Library Studies Students and Alums

The purpose of this list is to be used for professional networking.

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Krista Baragary, Media Specialist for both Lakewood Elementary and Oviatt Elementary in Norwalk, IA.
Melissa Buelow, marriage to Matt Kane in April. She is the librarian at Allen Hospital.
Donna Carlson, Masters SLMS, Summer 2009
Jenahlee Chamberlain, Teach Librarian, Kirkwood Elementary School, Coralville, IA, Iowa City Community School District
Amy Chopard, Teacher Librarian, beginning August 2007, Waverly-Shell Rock High School, Waverly-SR.
Michelle Cowell, Teacher Librarian at Waverly-Shellrock, was interviewed for a national news article about student use of Wikipedia that appeared in a Gannett News Service report.
Randy Crawford, Media Specialist in Tipton School District.
Melissa Dagel is the new teacher librarian at Ankeny's newest elementary school, Ashland Ridge, opening in August of '08.
Alana Dunkin - Teacher Librarian: Westwood Elementary, Ankeny, Iowa.
Terri Evans-Winfield Teacher Librarian beginning August 2007, North Polk Junior-Senior High, Alleman, Iowa


Erin Feingold is the new K-12 Media Specialist for South Hamilton Schools beginning August 2006.
Diane Fight is the Teacher Librarian/ELP at Bridgeview Elementary School in LeClaire, IA
Dixie Forcht is the K-12 Media Supervisor/Tech Resource/Spring Play Director for East Marshall CSD.
Amy Gardner, Masters SLMS, May 2009, Teacher Librarian at Erskine and Monroe, CRCSD, IA.
Brandy Grady (and Ben) on the birth of their son, Sage Bartholemew Grady in January.
Misty Gray was the recipient of this year's CROW (Current Research on Women) award. Misty's master's paper, "Fiction containing gay and lesbian characters in Northeast Iowa secondary schools" was presented April 3rd in Maucker Union. Misty Gray is the new Library Director at Storm Lake Public Library.
Sandra Greufe is the new Library Supervisor at Ellsworth Community College.
Kathy Grout, Library Media Specialist in an Olathe, KS elementary school.
Gail Hackett, K-12 teacher librarian at Bondurant.
Sherri Haveman received the ILA Foundation Scholarship.
Brenda Haskin, Teacher Librarian, Prairie Creek Intermediate, College Community School District, Cedar Radids, IA.
Shawna Houk, Media Specialist at a Davenport elementary school.
Bobbie Hugo,received the Leah Hiland Scholarship. Bobbie is the new teacher librarian at Echo Hill Elementary in the Linn-Mar School District in Marion, IA.
Janelle Iseminger on her marriage to Jeremiah Sander, July 22, 2006. She is the K-12 librarian in Shelby, NE.
M. Beth Janssen - AGWSR Elementary Library Assoc., In Master's "training"! Graduate as soon as I can! Ackley, Iowa
Becky Stover Johnson, Teacher Librarian, Jefferson High School, and lead librarian, Cedar Rapids Community School District. She received National Board Certification in 2008 and in 2010-2011 is being honored as having the "outstanding school library in Iowa" by AASL.


Melissa (Kress) Kane, Media Specialist at West Delaware Middle School.
Holly Karlen, position in the Norwalk, IA middle school.
Cynde Kessler, Teacher Librarian, beginning August 2006, Novak Elementary, Linn Mar School District.
Jet Kofoot, Director of Algona Public Library.
Karla Krueger, on behalf of the INTIME Project, whose website has been named one of the "101 Best Web Sites for Elementary Teachers" by James Lerman of the International Society for Technology in Education.
Leann Matlage is the new Teacher Librarian at Waukee Elementary.
Pam Mefford, Teacher Librarian, beginning August 2007, Kate Mitchell Elementary, Ames Community Schools.
Shannon McClintock Miller, K-12 Teacher Librarian Van Meter,Iowa Community School beginning August 2007 and expected graduation date summer 2009, Masters SLMS
Evie Milbrandt, received the SLMS Graduate Student Summer Scholarship.
Lori Minnard, Media Specialist position at Angling Road Elementary School.
Colleen Nelson, was awarded the Iowa Library Association Foundation Scholarship at the annual ILA Conference in Council Bluffs and also received the Rigmor Madsen Scholarship.
NEW 09! Lisa Newgard, Teacher Librarian, Orchard Hill Elementary, Cedar Falls.
Kristin Northup, position at Sandburg Elementary School in Wheaton, IL.
NEW 09!Jamie Noack, K-12 Teacher-Librarian, North Polk Community Schools, Alleman, IA; Spring 2009 MA School Library Studies!
Tiffany Oppelt, Teacher Librarian, beginning August 2006, Cedar Heights Elementary, Cedar Falls.


Salina Pugh, for receiving the elementary position at Clear Creek-Amana Elementary School.
Faye Reinhart was recently named a FINE Scholar in the College of Education.
Tina Ristau, position at Irving Elementary School in Waterloo. IA.
Cheryl Robson and Ames Middles School received two awards from the Best Buy Teach Program, one for $2,500 and one for $15,000 for schools using interactive technology.
NEW 09! Barbara (and Herb and Digger) Safford is in her new house and waiting for "retirement" to start. Digger has a new Wheaten brother, Larkin.
Kristi Shreffler, Media Specialist at a Davenport elementary school.
New 12! Chelsea Sims, Teacher Librarian Hills Elementary & Southeast Junior High, Iowa City.
Addie Sullivan, Library Media Specialist at Gurrie Middle School, District 105, LaGrange, IL.
Megan Taylor, (took some classes at UNI before going on to UW Madison), has been appointed to the Caldecott Committee! She is the head of Youth Services at the Public Library in Fayetteville, NC.
Terri Toppler (Davenport) received National Board Certification!
Deanne Thiede, Teacher Librarian, Prairie High School, College Community School District, Cedar Rapids
NEW 09! Cari Teske, Teacher Librarian, BCLUW Community School District, Conrad, IA


Deanna Weber, Teacher-Librarian, beginning August 2007, Vinton-Shellsburg High School, Vinton.
Nicole Weber, on her engagement to Robert Young.
Michael Welch, Teacher Librarian, beginning August 2006, Osceola High School, Clarke Community School District.
Wendy Ziegler (Cedar Rapids), received National Board Certification!
Rosemary Zummach (Oelwein) received National Board Certification!

Glass Apple Award Calls Attention To Importance of Teacher-Librarians: The Glass Apples, an initiative of Christie Vilsack's Iowa Stories 2000 Foundation, were first presented in 2005 to honor the hard work and dedication of the individual recipients as well as to call attention to the many caring, committed certified teacher-librarians around the state and the important role they play in educating Iowa’s children. Individual recipients of the Glass Apple Award for 2006 are: Virginia Miehe of West Liberty High School; Denise Rehmke of West High School in Iowa City; Pearl Miller at BCLUW High School in Conrad; Sue Rusk at East Union High School in Afton; and Julie Cabeen at Clarinda Middle School.
Other recipients are; Anne Sushko of Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Dubuque; Eileen Watje-Spencer in Denison; Kelly Fischbach at Carroll High School; Mary Williams at Sigourney Elementary School; Bert Miller at WACO High School in Wayland; Judy Snetselaar in Webster City; and Susan Radosti in Paullina.
TheresaPietschphoto.jpgTheresa Pietsch, Forest City School District