I’m very excited to work with these amazing instructors in our program this year!
Maria Petropulos is currently the District Library Coordinator for Selma Unified School District in Selma, CA and has worked in school libraries since 1999. She holds an M.A. in Education: School Library and Information Technology and three California credentials: Clear Administrative Services, Teacher Librarian Services, and Multiple Subject. In 2015 she was selected to participate in the Lilead Fellowship, a national professionaldevelopment program for a small group of school library supervisors. She is the chair for the California Young Reader Medal Committee and a California School Library Association committee member. She is an active member of the American School Library Association and the California School Library Association. She is passionate about kids and is a strong advocate for school libraries. Maria has taught in the FPU Teacher Librarian Program since 2007.
Eric Wheeler is currently the Teacher Librarian at Sunnyside High School in Fresno Unified School District in Fresno, CA and has served in several leadership roles in the school library and educational technology fields since 2000. He holds a M.A. in Teaching with an emphasis in Language Arts Education and two California credentials: Teacher Librarian Services and Single Subject Teaching: English. He is an active member of CSLA, ALA, YALSA, and ASLA. Eric is passionate about literacy and digital literacy. He has taught in the FPU Teacher Librarian Program since 2013 and enjoys playing Pokémon Go with his wife and their eleven-year-old twin daughters, riding his bike to school, recommending books, and mentoring youth at Hope Lutheran Church.
Carol López Doerksen recently retired from her position as Coordinator for District Library Services in Kings Canyon Unified School District in Reedley, CA and has worked in the school library field since 1989. She holds an M.A. in Education with a Counseling specialization, National Board Certification in Library Media, and five California credentials: Administrative Services, Teacher Librarian Services, Pupil Personnel Services, Community College Counselor, Single Subject Teaching: English. Carol has served as a member on both the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Librarian Advisory Panel and National Board for Professional Teaching Library Media Standards Review Committee and is well known for facilitating the design and implementation of a district-wide digital citizenship curriculum for Kings Canyon Unified School District. She is an active member of the California School Library Association and the American School Library Association. Carol is passionate about educating others about the importance of teacher and teacher librarian collaboration and its impact on student learning. She has taught in the FPU Teacher Librarian Program since 2013 and now enjoys spending time with her one-year-old granddaughter.
Mary Jo Meader served in both school and academic libraries for 30 years. In her most recent role, she served as the Teacher Librarian at Duncan Polytechnical High School and Lead Teacher Librarian for Fresno Unified School District. As a Teacher Librarian in FUSD, she was nominated twice for Teacher of the Year and was also awarded Teacher of the Year by the Fresno Rotary Club. She holds an M.A. in Education with an emphasis in Library Media and two California credentials: Teacher Librarian Services and Multiple Subject, as well as a supplementary authorization in computer concepts and applications. She is an active member of the Riverpark Bible Church where she has played the organ for the past 20+ years and is currently developing a Women’s Online Bible Study. Mary Jo is passionate about literacy and library. She taught in the FPU Teacher Librarian Program prior to the inception of the online program for about three years and more currently, since 2014 and enjoys encouraging and coaching new Teacher Librarians.
Becca VanWeerdhuizen is currently the Media Technology Specialist at West Ottawa High School’s two libraries in Holland, Michigan, and has worked in the school, academic, and public library fields both in West Michigan and at an international school the Philippines since 2011. She holds an M.A. in Education: School Library and Information Technology and has Library Media and secondary English endorsements on her teaching certificate. Becca is passionate about learning – her own, her colleagues’, and her students’ – and about developing strong reading communities. Becca is thrilled to join the faculty of the Teacher Librarian Program and is looking forward to collaborating with and learning alongside other school librarians.
Katie McNamara is currently the Teacher Librarian at North High School in Bakersfield, CA. She holds an MA in Literacy and three California credentials: Teacher Librarian Services, Reading Specialist, and Single Subject Teaching: English. She is an active member of the California School Library Association, currently serving as Southern Region Section 1 Rep. She also serves on Kern Council Teachers of English (KCTE) and is a MackinTYSL Advocate. She most recently presented for EdCollabGathering, CSLA Southern Region Workshop, and Edumatch’s Tweet&Talk. Katie also helped launch and facilitate a new digital ed camp, EdCampCreative. She is an ambassador of literacy and innovation. There are always new things to discover and explore. Latest discoveries include hyperdocs and Voxer. Katie is passionate about inspiring and empowering others. One of her greatest joys comes from the ripple effect of helping a teacher who then uses that in their classroom and then shares with another teacher and so on. She is also a proud boymom.