Andrea Trudeau, M.S.Ed., NBCT, is a self-proclaimed no-”shh” librarian who just began her 25th year at Alan B. Shepard Middle School in Deerfield District 109 just north of Chicago, Illinois. In her school, she has created and cultivated an active learning commons that embraces community, creativity, critical thinking, risk-taking, and fun! She models lifelong learning to her school community by being a Ph.D. candidate at Northern Illinois University in Instructional Technology where she is researching the impact of cinematic virtual reality on adolescent students’ empathic responses. Furthermore, she is a Fulbright-Hays grant scholarship recipient and spent five weeks in Tanzania and Kenya this past summer teaching high school students while being immersed in East African culture. Regardless of where Andrea is teaching and learning, she firmly believes that the library is the heart of the school, and she works diligently to help everyone in her school community feel welcome, connected, and valued.
In this episode, we discuss:
- Andrea shares her unexpected journey into becoming the no “shhhh” librarian.
- How her passion for virtual reality is helping children of all cultures to develop empathy, and
- We hear about her own experiences with perseverance that allow her to pour into the students she works with.
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