Member of the Month

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Valerie TagoeValerie Tagoe
Media Specialist, Woodrow Wilson High School, Dallas Independent School District

Professional experience
I became a librarian though participating in the A-Plus TWU /Dallas ISD Librarian Certification Program in 2006. While working on my certification and MLS, I was a librarian at D. A. Hulcy Middle School in Dallas. Then I worked at two elementary libraries in Cedar Hill ISD before I returned to Dallas to become a librarian at Woodrow Wilson High School.

Innovative library practices
An innovative library practice I've seen recently is a video created by Terry Moore and Amy Schaffner, librarians at North Dallas High School. In the video, they share a summary of activities and circulation statistics from the fall of 2016. I thought it was a creative way to share what was going on at the North Dallas Library. The video can be viewed here.

Favorite book
A favorite literary character from my childhood is Ramona Quimby. I read just about every book about Ramona by Beverly Cleary. When I was in elementary school our family moved quite a bit: Oklahoma, Nevada, back to Oklahoma, and Texas. Despite all the moving, school libraries and the Ramona series were a mainstay! 

Most memorable TLA experience
My most memorable TLA experience would have to presenting at the 2016 TLA Annual Conference. I wrote a panel presentation proposal called Opening Doors of Literacy for Teens that was picked up by YART. I presented with librarians Raquel Cummings (Dallas ISD), Diedra Ballard-Moore (Irving ISD), and Desiree Alexander (Instructional Technology Supervisor, Caddo Parish Schools, Louisiana). After the presentation, attendees offered activities and ideas during the question and answer portion. It was a great collaboration, and we received positive feedback. 

Created on May 31, 2016 | Last updated March 01, 2017