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Learning Commons

What is a Learning Commons?  The library has been renamed! No longer limited to just books and typical school hours, it seems more fitting to call it a “learning commons.” This 21st Century title is more appropriate since many of our resources are accessible 24/7, including research guides, project handouts, classroom tools, and e-books. During school, groups of students use our space to gather while uncovering and discussing their learning with peers.  Others are welcome to visit and check out books as their schedule allows.

Check out our Learning Commons Webpage for helpful resources and learning links.

Tiffany Dudley, Media Resource Specialist

am thrilled to be serving the students, parents, and teachers at McNeil Elementary as the Media Resource Specialist.  I began my teaching career in Kindergarten and later taught 4th, 5th and 6th grade in the general education classroom before moving into a K-6 Campus Gifted and Talented Specialist position.  I hope to bring my experiences with K-6 instruction and gifted and talented education to the Learning Commons here at McNeil, and look forward to designing challenging enrichment experiences that promote higher level thinking and support the grade level content.  In addition, I hold a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas State University and a Master of Science in Educational Technology Leadership, and I am currently working towards obtaining my School Librarian Certification.

Along with serving in the MRS role, I am a wife, mother of boys and a lover of all things innovative and pinteresting.  Outside of the school day we spend our time as a family playing golf, finding fun things to do outdoors and traveling to and from sports practices and games.

Cassie Olds-Benton, Library Aide

I have had the pleasure of working with children and books  at McNeil since our doors opened.  I enjoy the kindergarten visits I get daily and helping our new and advancing readers find a book that is just right for them.