Nancy McGriff has thirty-five years experience working and teaching in schools and school library media; fifteen years as the library media specialist at South Central Community Schools in Union Mills, IN. Prior to 1995, Nancy was an elementary library media specialist in Michigan City, a library media specialist at LaPorte and Manchester High Schools, and the audiovisual director at Jay County High School.

Nancy works with kids from Kindergarten through 12th grade. She has a passion for reading and has instituted reading programs in the elementary and middle schools. She has book clubs for staff and junior and senior high students. Nancy also helped start a silent reading program to get students reading 20 minutes each day. In Nancy’s own words: “I read all the time for pleasure and to be able to converse with students."

Last year Nancy received the "American Star of Teaching" Award for Indiana (Link to an article at the LaPorte County Herald-Argus) from the U.S. Dept. of Education and its No Child Left Behind program. In 2005, she and her school were awarded the Blue Ribbon for Exemplary School Library Media Programs in Indiana. In 1999 Nancy received the Esther V. Burrin Award for Outstanding Media Program (This was the second time she received this award - 1992 at another school location). Nancy is a former president of both the Association for Indiana Media Educators (AIME) and the Indiana Library Federation (ILF).

Explore the rich program information found at the Media Center Website: . . ./mediacenter.htm
. The 'Reports' section has monthly and annual reports.

At her corporation, Nancy serves on committees for High Ability and Technology. She has been involved in local and statewide projects and has served as a consultant and presenter for numerous initiatives, workshops and conferences for the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE),  AIME, ILF, Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA), and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Nancy is a volunteer mentor in the School Library Media Cadre, Office of Learning Resources (IDOE). She has written articles for Knowledge Quest and School Libraries Activities Monthly. She also teaches this course, S671 School Media, in the IUPUI SLIS program.

Along with Leslie Preddy and Carl Harvey, Nancy co-authored the online project: Collecting the Data: Templates and Resources for School Library Media Specialists that was funded by an Educate Indiana IDOE grant. 2002 (Included in the S671 class webmaterials).

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