Katie Salmela, the elementary media coordinator in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, has been selected as one of 22 participants in a nationwide professional development opportunity.
She will participate in the Lilead Fellows Program, which is designed to empower, enable and equip school district library supervisors to think differently and creatively about programs and education and to be leaders in their districts, according to a Lilead spokesperson.
After meeting virtually in early May, the group will meet formally for the first time at a summer institute in July. Then the cohort will continue to meet virtually and in face-to-face meetings through June 2018 and also take online classes.
“This is an amazing opportunity for me to join a highly-skilled network with people in my field,” said Salmela. “I look forward to gathering outside ideas about new ways to solve problems and challenges and using this information to develop services and programming that benefits our students in District 191.”
Salmela has always liked to read and write. She began her education career as an English and journalism high school teacher. Then she shifted into a media specialist position and earned a master’s degree in library science.
She began in District 191 as a long-term substitute at Nicollet Junior High. She’s now the district’s elementary media coordinator and supervises the educational assistants in the media centers of all 10 elementary schools. She’s also a digital learning specialist who teaches vital technology skills to students at Hidden Valley, Sky Oaks and Harriet Bishop Elementary Schools.
Participation in the Lilead Fellows Program requires her to develop a plan of action for what she wants to change in her work to support student success.
“Katie is relatively new to our district yet she’s already making an impact with her leadership, organizational skills, professional competencies and communications,” said Doug Johnson, the district’s technology director. “Her involvement in the Lilead program will be a real benefit to her, to our students, and to the library profession. I am proud she was selected.”