Congratulations to our new Steering Committee Members and thank you to all who ran and participated in this year's election. We are looking forward to the future of CLEL in the coming year!
Stella Fowler, Branch Library Specialist, Boulder Public Library
I have been a Children’s Branch Specialist at the George Reynolds Branch of Boulder Public Library since February of 2012. Last year, I was co-chair of the CLEL Bell Awards Selection Committee for 2016 and had a marvelous time reading Moo! to the 2015 CLEL conference. Before that, I was a member of the CLEL Bell Awards Selection Committee for 2015. I feel privileged to have attended Mother Goose On the Loose taught by Betsy Diamant-Cohen when I was a Library Associate working for Howard County Library in Maryland. It was such a great experience that I’ve been hooked on Early Literacy ever since. Happily, I do 4 to 5 storytimes a week with a lot of singing, playing, writing, talking and, of course, reading.
Alberto Pellicer, Early Literacy Program Coordinator, Denver Public Library
Born in Valencia (Spain) Alberto has worked in Education for over 10 years and has two Masters, in English and Spanish Studies. He was a teacher in an elementary school in Madrid and coordinated the SUNY Albany Study Abroad Program in Valencia. He taught high school in Charlotte (NC) and worked for Denver Public Schools prior to work for Denver Public Libraries . Currently part of the Early Learning team, Alberto coordinates the Read Aloud Program in the Montbello and Green Valley Ranch neighborhoods, reads aloud at preschools, offers workshops to families and professionals and is one of the coordinators of Phone-a-Story. In the past he presented at CALCON, CAEYC, NAEYC, RMECC, and ALA. He is passionate about outreach and loves taking library resources to the street. In his free time Alberto reads (over and over and over) books about trains and planes with his two sons in Spanish, English and Catalan.
Natalie Braham, Librarian, Denver Public Library
Natalie is a librarian at the Decker Branch of the Denver Public Library, where she presents up to four early literacy storytimes per week, coordinates outreach activities for her branch, and implements Summer of Reading activities for children and their families. Born in Littleton, she enjoyed visiting the Decker library as a child, and takes pride in serving the community in which she grew up. She has served as the Chair of the Teen Services Committee at the Denver Public Library (2014-2015) and currently serves as the Bookmarks and Booklists representative to the Teen Advisory group at DPL. She is applying to be on the CLEL Steering Committee / Advocacy Subcommittee to give back to the local library community and to share her passion for community engagement and early literacy outreach. In her spare time, she enjoys distance running, cooking, reading, and hiking the trails near her home.
Sarah Johnson, Children's Librarian, Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library
In 2007, I became a Children’s Librarian at Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library (MDE) in Broomfield. My passion is working with young children and their parents by planning and conducting early literacy programming, the annual Early Literacy Fair (which I created in 2010), a monthly early literacy storytime with crafts and extension activities, and weekly toddler storytimes. I design early literacy kits that help children gain literacy skills and includes a parent/teacher guide, explaining early literacy and how it can be developed. I research and conduct early literacy trainings for adults, including Teacheread trainings for preschool teachers and childcare providers. MDE became a Family Place Library (FLP) in 2012 and after attending the FPL training, I helped to implement the concept at MDE by training staff on FPL goals and selecting and purchasing the toys in the children’s library play area. I also run the five week FPL Parent Child Workshop, which is one of the main components of an FPL. In 2013, I was on the CLEL Bell Picture Book Award Committee and in 2015, co-chaired the CLEL Bell Picture Book Committee. I am always looking for new ways to evolve professionally and create new opportunities for the families in our community.
Laurie Ann Armstrong, Early Literacy Trainer, Arapahoe Library District
In my current Early Literacy position I reach out into the community and take the Library outside of its walls to preschool teachers, connecting them to the all of the services offered. The sites I work in are in high need areas of the Library District boundaries and includes underserved families. I coach, model, provide practice materials for teachers, and have follow-up conversations with them. Being present in their classrooms on a regular basis gives me the opportunity to teach and show them the what, how and why of the Early Literacy Practices and Skills.
I have been an Early Childhood Educator for 30 years. During this time, I’ve taught Early Childhood classes at the Community College of Aurora and worked with the School Readiness team as Early Literacy Consultant for Arapahoe County Early Childhood Council. Because of this I would like to serve as Chair or Co-Chair of the Advocacy sub-committee.