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Library Media Endorsement - Faculty

Gayl Bowser, MA, recently retired as the coordinator of the Oregon Technology Access Program. She provides consultation, training, and technical assistance in the area of assistive technology throughout Oregon and the United States.

David Bullock, EdD, is director of Portland State University's Metropolitan Instructional Support Lab (MISL) and an assistant professor in curriculum and instruction. His experience includes 14 years as a classroom teacher and media specialist, five years in communications training, and eight years at the university level in educational media.

Colette M. Cassinelli, MAT, holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University as well as Library/Media Endorsement from Portland State.  She has been an educator for over 25 years and has taught every grade level from K-16.  She currently is the Teacher Librarian at La Salle Catholic College Preparatory in Milwaukie, Oregon.  Cassinelli also teachers Multimedia and Media Arts classes at La Salle. She is the Promotions Chair for the Oregon School Library Association and a member of the OASL conference committee.  She is a Google Certified Teacher and a Google Certified EDU Apps Trainer.  She is one of the co-founders of edcampPDX and presents at numerous local and national library and educational technology conferences.

Miranda Doyle, MLIS, is a National Board Certified Teacher-Librarian, author of "101+ Great Ideas for Teen Library Web Sites" (Neal-Schuman, 2007), and currently the District Librarian for Lake Oswego School District. She has worked in school and public libraries since 1997.  She  reviews young adult fiction for School Library Journal and has presented at library conferences, mostly on technology and libraries. She has also written articles for School Library Journal, VOYA, and other professional publications. 

Carolee Harrison, MA, has worked as a technician for the Portland State University Library since 1998. Her work includes repair of circulating materials, archival treatment and custom enclosures for special collections, and conservation training. She has presented book repair workshops throughout Oregon and Washington.

Merna Ann Hecht, MLS, is a literary arts and arts educator, writing specialist, social justice advocate, and storyteller. She served as the co-director of the School Alliance Program at the Richard Hugo House, has taught at the university level, and worked with PreK-12 students on a variety of projects. Ms. Hecht has been invited to teach story/drama and creative writing symposia and institutes in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia. She has been a presenter at a variety of museums and national conferences.

Dolores C. Johnston, MA, is a retired library media specialist from the West Linn/Wilsonville School District. She managed technology in her school and collaborated with teachers to integrate technology, information skills, and literature into the curriculum. She now teaches and shares her love of children’s literature at Portland State University.

Gregory Lum, MLS, has been in education as a classroom teacher or school librarian since 1983 and has taught all levels from kindergarten to adult computer courses.  He earned a B.S. in elementary education from Oregon State University and an M.L.S. from Vanderbilt University. Professionally, he has served on the board and/or committees for the Oregon Association of School Libraries, the American Library Association, the American Association of School Librarians, and the Young Adult Library Services Association. Gregory also reviews books for School Library Journal. Currently, he is the library director at Jesuit High School in Portland.  

Jennifer Maurer, MLS, is the School Library Consultant at the Oregon State Library in Salem where she oversees and promotes the Oregon School Library Information System, assists with the K-12 portion of the Statewide Database Licensing Program, and offers general consulting services to Oregon school library staff. Previously, she taught at an elementary school and was a school librarian for over a dozen years, both in Oregon and in Texas. She is an active member of the National Association of State Educational Media Professionals and the Oregon Association of School Libraries; contributes regularly to Interchange, OASL's journal; and presents around the state on school library-related topics.

Leigh Morlock, MAT, MS, holds a bachelor's degree in English and master's degrees in both teaching and library/media education and a graduate certificate in children's and young adult literature. In addition to her teaching role at PSU, she also teaches in California and is the librarian and technology facilitator for Beaverton School District's Health and Science School. Ms. Morlock is the chair for the intellectual freedom committee for the Oregon School Library Association.  

Ruth Murray, MS in library media from Portland State University taught English and theater for 20 years before becoming a library media specialist in the Gresham-Barlow School District in 1993. From 1995 through 2008, she served as the library media specialist at Athey Creek Middle School in West Linn. She taught in Portland Community College’s Instructor for Library Assistant Program. Currently, she teaches and advises in Portland State University’s Library Media Program. She is a board member of the Oregon Association of School Libraries and has been awarded the Library Media Specialist of the Year and Teacher of the Year.

Connie Pappas, MEd, has worked as a teacher-librarian at the elementary, middle and junior high school levels for over a decade in the Camas Public Schools in Camas, Washington. She has a master’s degree in education, an electronic publishing certificate, and recently completed National Board certification. She was Washington Library Media Association Teacher-Librarian of the Year in 2002 and is a Microsoft Technology Peer Coach. Connie enjoys creating video, podcasts and anything new and exciting that will keep kids reading. 

Cindy Reed, MS in library media, is district media coordinator with North Clackamas School District, teaches students K-6, and manages six libraries. She was formerly librarian at Linwood Elementary in the same district. In addition, she consults with a local private school, works at Lake Oswego Public Library, and has presented curriculum design ideas at OEMA and Portland State. She has long-standing involvement in media and the arts.

Barbara J. Ruben, EdD, works with preservice teachers in the Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP) at Portland State University. Earlier in her career, she worked with adults in environmental policy and became convinced environmental education needed to start with young people. Dr. Ruben started teaching sixth grade in Portland Public Schools in 1980 and has taught every grade from kindergarten through eighth. Her career includes working as a math consultant for Centennial School District, a science teacher for Portland Jewish Academy and OMSI, a reading tutor in Beaverton schools, and a volunteer in eleventh grade American history at Jefferson High School. Her doctoral work examined whether a teacher education program can influence the development of teachers as change agents.

Jenny Takeda, MS is a teacher/librarian in the Beaverton School District. She was the district librarian from June 2003 to the fall of 2012. During the 2012-2013 school year she is substitute teaching in classrooms in Beaverton and working as an on-call librarian at two public libraries in Washington County. Jenny received her teaching credentials through the GTEP program and a Master's in Media/Librarianship at PSU. She is the Secretary for the Oregon Association of School Libraries.

Stephanie Thomas, MS in Information with a specialization in School Library Media from the University of Michigan, is currently the district and high school teacher librarian for the Parkrose School District. She was formerly a library media specialist for Livonia Public Schools in Michigan. She is active in the Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL), assisting with membership, serving as guest editor for the journal Interchange, and regularly submitting articles and giving presentations. In addition to OASL conferences, she also presented at the Northwest Council for Computing in Education conference. As a librarian, she has a penchant for technology and its practical use in education. Her interests include podcasting, open source solutions, web 2.0 for use in the classroom and beyond, and screencasting tutorials. She owns a small web development business and is an educational consultant for the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory and the Oregon University System.