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photograph of Pete HildebrandtPete Hildebrandt, a 34 year veteran of public education, is currently the Library Media Specialist at Sylvania Southview High School in Sylvania, Ohio.

Hailing originally from upstate New York, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Adrian College in 1979 (Today he tells his students this was his “disco degree”). Spending most of his years in elementary and middle level classrooms, he has taught grades 1,2,4,5 and 6. His passions are sharing a love of social studies and language arts.

Pete's adeptness and creativity in the classroom have earned him the title of Educator of the Year in Sylvania for 2001, 2003 and 2005. His community awards include Channel 24 NBC’s Glass Apple Award in 2004 and WTOL’s Class Act Teacher Award in 2007. Nominations for these honors were driven by his unconventional teaching methods, his sense of humor, and a tendency to dance on his desk when his students all do well on one of his tests (Check out the YouTube video titled “Mr. H. dancing on his desk.").

Pete served as a principal for “ten years one year," but soon after felt the call to return first to the classroom, followed by positions as a teacher librarian. He has been media specialist at Timberstone Junior High and both of Sylvania’s High Schools, and enjoys the position as “the best way to impact as many staff and students as possible.”

Pete is wraping up his public school career this year. Then he hopes to continue in the field of education by teaching more courses at Lourdes University, where he is integral in the middle level education program, and is presently an adjunct professor.

He welcomes any questions about school media and the work of a library media specialist and teacher.


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