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 twelve-year-old twin daughters, riding his bike to school, recommending books, and mentoring youth at Hope Lutheran Church.
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. Maria is a former Lilead Fellow, a national professional development program for a small group of school library supervisors from around the United States. She is a member of the California Young Reader Medal Committee and a California School Library Association committee member. She is the the Chair Elect for the Supervisors Section for the American Association of School Libraries. She is passionate about kids and is a strong advocate for school libraries. Maria has taught in the FPU Teacher Librarian Program since 2007.
Carol López Doerksen retired in 2013 from her position as Coordinator for District Library Services in Kings Canyon Unified School District in Reedley, CA, but continued to work part time in the Library Coordinator position until 2016. She has worked in the school library field since 1989. Carol 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. Carol currently serves as a site visitor team member of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) which accredits teacher and educator preparation programs at colleges and universities. Carol is passionate about educating others on the importance of classroom teacher/teacher librarian collaboration and its impact on student learning. She is a member of the California School Library Association and the American School Library Association. Carol has taught in the FPU Teacher Librarian Program since 2013 and now enjoys spending time with her toddler 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 (aka. Librarian) 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 loves serving as an adjunct with the Teacher Librarian Program as it challenges her to continually perfect her own practice as a teacher librarian and gives her an opportunity to learn 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 and Conference Committee. Additionally, she serves on Kern Council Teachers of English (KCTE), is a MackinTYSL Advocate, #calibchat co-founder, Ed Change Global organizer, and Edumatch Administrator of Micro-Credentialing. Create. Inspire. Empower. Repeat. She most recently presented for CSLA/IASL preconference, National Title 1, EdTech Rodeo, and Edumatch’s Tweet&Talk. Katie recently launched Bootcamp PD. She is an ambassador of literacy and innovation. There are always new things to discover and explore. Latest discoveries include Hyperdocs and AR/VR. 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. Create. Inspire. Empower. Repeat. She is also a proud boymom.
Erin Wahl is the Instructional Librarian at Fresno Pacific University’s Hiebert Library. She holds an MA in English and creative writing from Northern Arizona University and an MA in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona. She is a published poet, with a book coming out in late 2017. Her writing has been published in both the professional and creative realms, and can be found via a cunning Google search.