My Skills & Experience
HELLO THERE! I'M MEGAN FINK BREVARD.
I’m a librarian. Officially, my job is to teach information literacy skills to students of all ages, develop literacy and curriculum lessons that will engage and empower my students to become more efficient users of information and future readers. But really I help students fall in love with books again and again. Active member of the American Library Association's Printz book award committee 2018.
Megan and the famous author Mr. Joseph Bruchac
WHAT I’VE DONE
DIVERSITY GUEST AUTHOR VISITS
Spearheading the Diversity Guest Author annual school author visits for over 2,000 students since 2005, I developed this literacy event to encourage diversity, equity and inclusion for all students in the Charlotte area. I did the event planning for award-winning authors such as: Matt de la Pena (pictured), Nic Stone, Kekla Magoon, Neela Vaswani, Guadalupe G. McCall, Joseph Bruchac, Justina Chen, Jim Murphy, Walter Dean Myers, Neal Shusterman, Jacqueline Woodson, Sonia Levitan, James Deem, Carole Boston Weatherford.
MODEL UN CLUB SERVICE PROJECT
NOVEMBER 2016-NOVEMBER 2017
Created the first service project partnership with OurBridge Kids (a non-profit organization for immigrants and refugee childfren) and the middle school Model UN club I advise. The students and I developed a field day and homework help to assist the students.
PRINTZ COMMITTEE 2018
FEBRUARY 2017-FEBRUARY 2018
National book award 2018 Printz committee member responsible for reading, analyzing and voting on the most literary books for teens. As a committee of nine librarians, we voted on the most excellent literature for teens.
Enthusiastic and dedicated, I’m seeking a project or position where I can grow, develop, and make an impact. With a strong skill set and relevant experience, I believe I can bring creative ideas and successful solutions to the table. Take a look through my CV site to find out more about what I have to offer - or get in touch to discuss how I can help you on your next project.
As an educator and librarian for the past twelve years, I am a passionate advocate for excellent students. One of my fondest experiences as a librarian is the alchemy of discovery that happens every time I help a student find information or the book they need. The goals of my teaching are to cultivate a love of learning, create a community of connection and validation of academic passion that can be the fuel of a life-time of learning. I am a results-oriented, collaborative educator who has a history of inspiring students with creative, intelligent instruction. I have an eye for detail and can thrive independently as well as in a team environment.
AUGUST 2005-JUNE 2018
Teaching information literacy skills to students in grades 5-8, managing library collection, collaborating with teachers on curriculum, collection development, administrative management tasks. Collaborating with students and teachers on curriculum. Academic advising for students in advisory program. Developed research projects, including a science interdisciplinary collaborative study for fifth grade with an author visit. Licensed Media Specialist for NC K-12 (#1038413)
Advisor/Founder for Model United Nations club, including organization of local conferences with 100 students. Trip leader for international school trip to Europe, responsible for traveling with 14 students to international Model United Nations conference.
Created service project partnership with OurBridge Kids non-profit organization.
AUGUST 2003-JUNE 2005
Facilitated with professor of library science on doctoral dissertation, professional literature, class development and website construction. Researched library science literature for curriculum tie-ins, composed and updated bibliographies for library science classes, organized guest speaker events.
SATURDAY LIBRARIAN/NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY
SEPTEMBER 2000-JUNE 2003
Assisted patrons with research and book requests. Recommended books to children and provided orientation for the collection. Matched children and their families with materials appropriate to their interest and abilities. Instructed children in proper computer usage. Facilitated guest speakers/performers from the community.
WHAT I’VE LEARNED
WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT GREENSBORO
Masters of Library Science
"Do not go where the path may lead. Instead, go where there is no path and leave a trail"
RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Text from Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick
WHAT I DO
My skills have been built up over years of professional work experiences and I have what it takes to do brilliant work and make a contribution to any team. I'm attaching a presentation. I’d love to discuss with you all the tools, skills and more I can put to use for you.
YOU COULD CALL ME A PRO
My passion for teaching is evident in my twelve-year tenure as a middle school librarian. I teach about diverse literature and the importance of looking through the windows and mirrors of diverse literature. My creativity allows me to develop curriculum with a variety of disciplines from English, social studies, history, foreign languages and science. An example of my creativity is the Diversity Guest Author visit. This article on Kekla Magoon's visit in 2016 describes my achievements. Likewise, Neela Vaswani's visit helped my students discuss what it means to be a good friend.
Teaching and Collaborative projects: I enjoy designing curriculum from studying WWI in Europe to teaching diverse children's literature in French and Spanish classes, I love developing creative lessons for students and faculty. This presentation covers the "Windows and Mirrors" of diverse literature.
A VALUABLE SKILL
My exceptional writing skills are evidenced in publishing my book Teen Services 101 with the American Library Association. Writing is one of my talents and I have written many articles and blogs. Also, I also edited a book Teen Read Week/Teen Tech Week.
I am a regular writer and book reviewer for the Bookclique blog (link here).
Here is my latest blog post from Nerdy Book Blog.