AASL ABC/CLIO Leadership Grant (American Association of School Librarians) Committee
Fellow members of the ABC/CLIO Leadership Grant -- We don't have much to do until the applications come in (Feb. 1) but I thought I would introduce myself and I would be interested in learning something about you as well.
I am a retired school librarian from the Lee’s Summit School District (a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri). I taught at Lee’s Summit High School for 16 years and at Lee’s Summit North for 10 years. I was married to Susan Pentlin for 42 years before she passed away and I have the daily maintenance goes to our one Ragdoll cat and one Tibetan Terrier. My hobbies besides eating include cooking (so I can eat more) opera, and reading about popular culture. (I know the last two don’t go together very well, but aren’t we all complicated?
I was drawn to library media services in a round about manner. My first interest was movies and film history but realizing that I couldn’t make a living out of that I tied librarianship to my interest in technology. As a librarian I had a most enviable position in the Lee’s Summit district. Budgets were plentiful and administrative support was strong and across the district. Because the district was supportive of professional involvement I was active in GKCASL, MASL, and ALA and AASL.
I was president of GKCASL and MASL as well as working on the board of both groups during my entire library career. Several years ago I was elected treasurer of AASL and previous to that held a number of other offices in AASL. I have presented workshops at conferences at the local, state, and national level. I taught for CMSU for a number of years and taught four years as a full-time instructor at UCM.