Degrees and Certifications:
-B.A. English Literature (University of Arizona) -K-8 Teaching Certification (Pima Community) -M.A. Information Research and Library Science (University of Arizona) Endorsements: -SEI -Gifted Education -School Media Specialist
Mrs. Andrea "Jill" Shepard
Hello! I'm the librarian at Wilson K-8 and I'd love to tell you a little bit about this space you're in. The Wilson library is AMAZING! Our library is packed with books, of course, and we also have computers, printers, and a MakerSpace Zone. It really is a giant space full of learning opportunities and your library staff are here to help students access and enjoy all of it. You can visit the Library pages off of the Main Wilson page to learn more but if you're at Wilson, please stop by to say hi and see what we have to offer.
My Personal Defining Moment in Education
Did you ever have one of those teachers who had so much confidence in you that it made you believe in yourself, too? I did, and I hope everyone has had at least one teacher or coach or mentor who helped them have that experience. It's such a powerful thing! One of the most amazing parts of working with children is helping them find or build that confidence. It's just incredible to watch the learning and growth that follow.
Core Educational Beliefs
I believe in the power of continuing to be a learner, throughout life. Our children learn more from us when we continue to be learners ourselves. I'll bet we can all think of a time when we observed our children doing something just because they saw us doing it (whether we wanted them to or not!). I know that there are days when I can only hope my students learned as much from me as I did from them. This is another incredible aspect to working with children.
Most recently, I taught third grade here in Tucson. I absolutely love being a classroom teacher, but I always wanted to be a librarian. This is the best of both worlds for me!