Leah Mann, Library Media Services Instructional Specialist
Hello! I am so excited to share a little bit about myself with you!
I am originally from Bakersfield, California, and am the oldest of three children. My undergraduate degree is in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Spanish from UT San Antonio. My graduate degree is in Education with a School Library Endorsement from UN Omaha, and I am currently pursuing my administrative certificate through Concordia University, Austin. I hold teaching certificates for 1st-8th all subjects, 1st-8th Spanish, 1st-8th ESL, and PreK-12 School Library.
My husband, Scott, is in the Air Force Reserve and works for US Probation as a network engineer. We have been married 17 years. While he was active duty military we lived in San Antonio, Texas, Montgomery, Alabama and Bellevue, Nebraska, and I taught in all three places. I have been in education 14 years: my experience includes 6th grade Science, 3rd and 4th grade self-contained, subbing in all grades and subjects, and have been in my current position of Library Media Specialist for the past 8 years in Lewisville ISD, where I have served at both the elementary and secondary levels. This fall I have the honor of embarking on a new journey as our district's Library Media Services Instructional Specialist. In this position I will be assisting our district Library Supervisor with 70 campuses in the further development of LISD library media centers.
Scott and I have two dogs, Chico and Zeppo. They are brothers that we adopted through DFW RescueMe. We love to travel (especially road-trips!), listen to vinyl, watch movies, and spend time with friends. I love cooking, reading, tinkering with new technology, and sewing.
I have a passion for attending conferences such as TCEA, TLA, and workshops through my service center, RegionXI. I always try to present whether at district, regional, or state levels, because I get so much more out the experience when I am involved in sharing information with others. That to me is the pinnacle of collaboration!
I have the honor of recently being named to the 2015 class of TALL Texans!
This past March I had the privilege to co-present on Makerspaces and STEAM labs in library programming at SXSWedu. Our presentation was highlighted in School Library Journal! We now have our own hashtag on Twitter to keep the conversation going: #makerlibchat
SXSWedu culminated with my being invited to participate in a librarian chat for ER&L, ProQuest, and DLF. Chatting it up with public librarians from outside Chicago was such an exhilarating experience!
My Beginner's Guide to Makerspaces inforgraphic has received a lot of great "press" on Twitter lately!
It was an honor to be a guest blogger for Knowledge Quest!
I recently fought for Texas libraries by providing public testimony to the State Senate Finance Committee in an effort to restore full funding to the state's databases.
Our district highlighted our library's Makerspace (the CSI Lab) this May:
And we were asked to present to the School Board about our space in December!
May marked my first Webinar that I presented for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission:
Throughout the spring of 2015 I served on the steering committee for ESC11's inaugural iCREATE conference promoting Makerspace education. Our efforts culminated with a 3-day, fun-filled conference!
It isn't ALL about technology with me!
I am passionate about strong library programs where collaborative teaching, rigor, and the promotion of independent and critical thinking are key. My library has always been the heart of the school, with a steady buzz of learning going on at all times. Students feel safe in the library, and see it as a place to learn, grow, and be themselves:
I've even been known to teach in rooms other than the library!: