Teacher librarian Michelle Cooper is a passionate educator and enthusiastic proponent of school libraries, technology integration, collaboration with educational professionals and helping young people succeed. As an educator with nineteen years experience, she seeks opportunities to partner with teachers on projects that encourage increased student engagement and learning achievement.
Michelle is constantly striving to improve her educational practices and create innovative learning opportunities for students and colleagues. She is committed to sharing and modeling the importance of digital citizenship with students. She is a co-founder of #TXLchat on Twitter which provides a forum for Texas librarians (but not limited to Texas librarians) to create collaborative connections, share educational resources, and foster lifelong learning. Michelle is the 2016 TCEA Library Media Specialist of the Year, a Wonderopolis Wonder Lead Ambassador, a Makey Makey Ambassador, a Certified Google Educator, 2016 TASL MVP Honorable Award for Excellence, 2016 TLA Branding Iron Award for Social Media for #TXLchat, and she provides professional development through local, state and national educational conferences. Michelle currently serves as the library media specialist at White Oak Middle School.
I am also known as the Library Lady. The students kept telling me they did not have time to come to the library to check out a book. I decided that would just not do! I loaded up a bookcart full of books and magazines and took them to the cafeteria during lunch. I checked out books using my iPad, and the students loved it. They wait anxiously each week to see what I will dress up as next. The best part is the relationships I build with the students. I get to know their interests, goals, and dreams.