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Kimberly DeFusco is currently serving at the Supervisor for Library Media Services, 6-12.  She has been a classroom teacher in Japan and Hillsborough County at the high school and middle school levels and served as a school library media specialist and peer evaluator. She has extensive training and experience with technology and instructional technology integration. Kimberly earned her B.A. in Spanish from the University of Tampa and attended the Technical Institute of Monterrey in Queretaro, Mexico for a specialization in Pre-Columbian Art and Architecture. She also received her M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. Kimberly is certified in School Library Media K-12 and Gifted K-12. Kimberly also achieved National Board Certification in Library Media. Throughout her educational career, Kimberly has been involved in various aspects of leadership in the field of School Library Media. Kimberly has served on the School Leadership Team, Reading Leadership Team, School Advisory Committee and as Faculty Liaison for PTSA. She was twice recognized as her school’s Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year. At the district level, she has conducted professional development trainings for media specialists and a variety of subject areas, mentored new media specialists and served on the governing board of the Hillsborough Association of School Library Media Specialists. Kimberly has also presented at the state conference of the Florida Association of Media for Education (FAME) and served on FAME’s Leadership Development Committee.

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Joyanne Herdman has been a Media Specialist for the last ten years and became a National Board Certified media specialist in 2011. She has worked in the media centers at Clair-Mel, Buckhorn, and then opened Bailey ES. Prior to her years in media she was a first and second grade teacher along with spending two years being a language arts specialist. Strawberry READS, BOB Barnes & Noble Night, and the HASLMS Book Drive are all projects that Mrs. Herdman organizes and collaborates with other media specialists to make these successful events for students and their families. Leadership roles for Mrs. Herdman include National Board Advisory Committee and Media Leadership Team. Joyanne is available to mentor or assist with literature programs for students and creating Art Makerspace as these are her areas of expertise.

Categories: Contact for Areas of Expertise, Literature Programs (FRA, BOB), Makerspace, Model Media Center, Organizing Physical Space (2E), Storytelling
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Mrs. Laura A. Johnson is currently the Media Specialist at LaVoy Exceptional Center. Prior to this, her teaching career began as a classroom teacher at West Tampa, Grady, and Temple Terrace Elementary schools. It was at Temple Terrace that she made the transition to the Media Center. Following Temple Terrace, she was the Media Specialist at King High School. She left King to return to her elementary roots at Sulphur Springs. The opportunity at LaVoy opened up and Laura decided to stretch herself professionally.  She loves being at “the little school with a lot of heart”. Mrs. Johnson is the queen of organization. She doesn’t go anywhere without her planner. She has been a trainer for Professional Development and ACP since 1997. During her years with Hillsborough County, she has served on many district and school committees. Mrs. Johnson became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2004 and has achieved renewal.

Categories: Co-Teaching, Community Building, Contact for Areas of Expertise, Literature Programs (FRA, BOB), Managing Classroom Procedures (2C), Mentoring NBCT Candidates, Mentoring Teachers, Organizing Physical Space (2E), Procedures & Routines, Reflecting on Teaching (4A)
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Sara LaBarbera is the Media Specialist at Walker Middle Magnet, an IB World School. Sara graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in English & a Master’s degree in English Education. She began her career at Walker as a 7th grade Language Arts teacher in 2001. Sara became the Media Specialist at Walker after 5 years in the classroom and has been loving life in the Media Center ever since. She attained National Board Certification in 2008 and also holds ESOL and gifted endorsements. Sara prides herself on collaborating with teachers, facilitating research projects across grade levels, and coordinating many literary activities for her students including a Media Advisory Committee, MakerSpace Mondays, and the Hobby Showcase. Sara has served in leadership roles at her site, coaches sports, and trains for the district. She truly embraces the role of teacher-librarian!

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Janet Matthews is a Media Specialist at Shields Middle School. She has worked as a Media Specialist in Hillsborough County Public Schools since 2004. She worked at Philip Shore and Frost Elementary prior to her present position.

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This is Jodi Vizzi’s 20th year in education. She has taught several grade levels in elementary and has been a media specialist. This is her fourth year as a peer evaluator, with experience observing in elementary, middle and high schools. Jodi has a lot of experience with character education and technology. Jodi attended the University of South Florida, earning a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and Masters Degrees in Elementary Education and Library and Information Science. Jodi is also certified in Early Childhood Education. In 2007 Jodi achieved National Board Certification in Library Media. Throughout her educational career, Jodi has been involved in various aspects of leadership. Jodi has served as team leader, head of the reading committee, technology specialist and property control coordinator. Jodi held a board position on the Florida Reading Association for four years. Jodi has serviced the district by piloting Altiris, Active Directory and Easy Grade Pro. Jodi has served on the HP Review Committee, mentored new media specialists, and served on the media leadership team. Jodi has done trainings for the media, technology and property control departments in addition to presenting at FAME and FRA conferences.

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