Amanda Jones, Live Oak Middle Library
ISTE affiliate: LACUE, TCEA
Amanda Jones is a teacher-librarian and 21-year educator at Live Oak Middle School in Watson, Louisiana. She was named the 2021 School Library Journal Co-Librarian of the Year and a 2021 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. She has a master’s +30 and is a certified K-12 librarian, certified 1-8 elementary teacher, certified school administrator and certified reading specialist. She’s also the vice president of the Louisiana Association of School Librarians. Her school library was the winner of the 2019 Louisiana Library Association James O. Modisette Award for top middle school library programming. Jones has also been recognized as the 2020 Louisiana School Librarian of the Year, the 2019 LACUE State Middle/Junior Teacher of the Year, and the 2019 Social Media Superstar Program Pioneer for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). In addition to being a member of the Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Awards 6-8 Committee for the Louisiana State Library, Jones enjoys presenting at district, state, regional and national conferences. She serves on several AASL committees, has presented nationally for ISTE and AASL, and is an official blogger for AASL's Knowledge Quest. Jones founded 2 Girls Who Code clubs at her school and an after-school STEAM program. She’s known for her “Journey with Jones” virtual trips, a series of live and prerecorded virtual tours for students, teachers and community. Her virtual trips have been featured in American Libraries, Scholastic, Library Journal and School Library Journal.
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