Karen McIntyre, our librarian, has a double Masters. Her MLIS (Master in Library and Information Science) is from the University of North Texas and Her Masters in Education is from Eastern New Mexico University where she focused on reading and administration. Her undergraduate degree is from Chapman University in California where she was raised. She served both private and public institutions as a teacher and librarian over the course of her career. These included institutions as diverse as Syracuse University Library, the Oregon School Study Council, (University of Oregon - Eugene, Or) elementary, and high school libraries, and as district librarian for Morton ISD (a small West Texas school district) before coming to Nashville 16 years ago. She also taught 2nd grade and high school English prior to returning to school to become a librarian. She has written successful grants for technology implementation, and has published articles on librarianship in the Texas Library Journal.
She believes that encouraging wonder and curiosity are cornerstones of life-long learning, Libraries have traditionally been the 'poor man's university,' according to a quote attributed to Andrew Carnegie (the philanthropist who funded so many public free libraries : "There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration." Ms. McIntyre is also an advocate for nature education as a means of helping students be healthy and whole individuals, and along with a P.E. teacher she started our school garden in 2008.
In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, painting, gardening and crafting, not necessarily in that order.