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About Sherry
General Information

Contact: sngick(at)gmail(dot)com
Twitter: @SherryGick
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Bio
Curriculum Vitae of
Sherry N. Gick

Contact Information

Preferred Web email: sngick@gmail.com

Education and Credentials
Master of Library Science; Summer 2011; Indiana University
Master of Science; Elementary Education; Summer 2001; NC A & T 

Bachelor of Arts; Special Education; Fall 1995; Purdue University 


Professional Profile
Passionate and enthusiastic about new ideas, learning, reading, technology, connecting, giving students a voice in their education and teachers a voice in their personal development. 


Awards and Recognition
Presentations
  • Connected & Relevant...Relevant & Connected - presented at ALA Library Conference at Sharjah Book Festival, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (November 2015)
  • Changing Role of Teacher-Librarians - presented to Demco employees (May 2015)
  • Battle of the Books Webinar - ISTE Librarians Network - co-presented with Megan Scott, Clinton Prairie School Librarian (March 2015)
  • "Turning the page to a multi-school collaboration with Battle of the Books"  - co-presented with Megan Scott and Andrea Brinkley at Indiana Library Federation (ILF) state conference, Indianapolis, IN (November 2014)
  • "INspire!  PASS it on!" - co-presented with Julie Elmore, Joseph Fox, and Vincci Kwong, INLLA group, at Indiana Library Federation state conference, Indianapolis, IN (November 2014)
  • "GeniusCon: 2.015" - presented at Indiana Library Federation state conference, Indianapolis, IN (November 2014)
  • "Connections:  Changing & Staying Relevant" - keynote at Children's & Young People's Division (CYPD) annual conference, Indianapolis, IN (August 2014)
  • "Trending with Twitter"  - presented at at Children's & Young People's Division (CYPD) annual conference, Indianapolis, IN (August 2014)
  • "GeniusCon: Let's Show the World Our Genius" co-presented with Matthew Winner at the Digital Age Library Playground (Summer 2014); ISTE Conference – International Society for Technology in Education; Atlanta, GA
  • "GeniusCon: Let's Show the World Our Genius" Webinar co-presented with Matthew Winner (February 2014); TL Virtual Café (tlvirtualcafe.wikispaces.com)
  • "Ditching Dewey"  - co-presented with Kathy Burnette, Shannon Miller, Megan Scott, and Tiffany Whitehead at American Association of School Librarians Conference (Nov 2013)
  • "GeniusCon" co-presented with Matthew Winner at the eLearning Commons - American Association of School Librarians Conference (Nov 2013)
  • AASL Unconference co-facilitated with a team of school library leaders - American Association of School Librarians Conference (Nov 2013)
  • "League of Librarians: Genre-fying the Library One Shelf at a Time" (Fall 2013) ILF Annual Convention - Indianapolis, IN - co-presented with Kathy Burnette and Megan Scott

Professional Experience

Associate Director of Innovative Learning             July 2016-present
Five Star Technology Solutions

Library & Instructional Technology Specialist         May 2014-­July 2016
Rossville Consolidated Schools, Rossville, IN
supervise elementary and middle/high school libraries and two assistants; assist teacher and students K­-12 with integrating technology into classrooms and lives; plan and give professional development for all staff members; writing a technology curriculum K­8; teach film/video production high school course

Teacher-­Librarian                                                  August 2009­-May 2014
Rossville Consolidated Schools, Rossville, IN
oversaw the Middle/High School Library and computer lab; selected and ordered books; taught information literacy skills to students; collaborated and co-­taught with teachers; taught 21st Century Learners class, 6th grade Reading, and Peer Tutoring/Cadet Teaching; supervised the Elementary Library and paraprofessional


Reference Assistant                                                September 2006­-July 2008
Frankfort Public Library, Frankfort, IN
assisted patrons with reference and computer questions; selected and ordered all adult audio/visual materials; ordered all periodical subscriptions


Parent Resource Coordinator                                   January 2002­ - July 2005
Parent Resource Center (Rockingham County Schools), Eden & Reidsville, NC
worked with parents and children, ages birth through 5th grade, selected/designed appropriate learning and supplemental materials; supervised the center and coordinated after school tutoring program, and scheduled students and teachers

Special Education Teacher● 2008­-2009 school year, (6-­12), Rossville Middle/High School, Rossville, IN● August ­- December 2001, (9-­12), Reidsville High School, Reidsville, NC● May 1998­ - June 2001, (K-­6), Douglass Elementary School, Eden, NC● August 1997­ - March 1998, (K-­6), Oxford Elementary School, Oxford, IN● August 1996­ - June 1997, (6-­8), Frankfort Middle School, Frankfort, IN

Professional Affiliations
Member, ISTE – International Society for Technology in Education
Past-President - Librarians Network – ISTE
AISLE - ISTE representative, 2014-2016
Member, AISLE – Association of Indiana School Library Educators
Member, ALA – American Library Association
Member, AASL – American Association of School Librarians




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