Biography for Sandy Kelly
Sandy KellyI started my elementary, classroom teaching career, back in the early days of Prop 2 1/2. As a result of the annual "pink slip," I was rehired each summer, for seven years, to teach a different elementary grade, always getting the last class that no one else really wanted to teach! In my eighth year, our Assistant Superintendent in Woburn called me in to tell me that the next job available was that of elementary school librarian. The district gave me a one year waiver to get certified while I did the job at FIVE schools. I worked there for 11 years, later remained home with my 3 children Caitlin, Mike and Chris for a while before returning to work in Westford. My current position is in the K-8 school in Carlisle where I have found my real “home”.

In 1997, I completed a Master's in Education. After hearing Gary Hartzell speak about the Invisible Librarian at our annual conference, I went right back to school and completed the courses and internship in Educational Leadership. The experience and training gave me a renewed perspective but my heart remained with the school library. That was where I felt I was making a difference with students and teachers and that is where I remain to this day.

Since that time, I have received my National Board certification as School Library Teacher, Early Childhood through Young Adult. It has been one of the best things I have done. The National Board certification lends a great deal of credibility to our profession, it is recognized across the country. I hope to continue to use my credentials and position on the MSLA executive board to promote and improve school libraries across the Commonwealth. The school library teacher is the ONLY person in the school that works directly with ALL teachers across ALL curriculum areas to collaboratively improve instruction and affect student achievement in core subject areas.

With hard work and dedication we can and do make a difference!