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Teacher Librarian Katy Kauffman

I began my teaching career in Arizona in 1986. After moving to Ankeny to teach high school English in 1995, I transferred to the teacher librarian position when Southview opened as an 8-9 school in 2013. For nearly 40 years, I have taught 9-12 students, helping to instill a love of reading and fostering an appreciation for the spoken word. I earned National Board Certification for English Language Arts Adolescent/Young Adults and served as vice president and president of Iowa Association of School Librarians.

My educational philosophy is rooted in the belief that the school library is the heart of the learning community, a dynamic hub of learning and a place where students can develop a lifelong love for reading, critical thinking skills, and a deep understanding of information literacy. As a teacher librarian, I am dedicated to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment that empowers students to become critical thinkers, lifelong readers, and responsible digital citizens. My teaching philosophy aligns closely with the ALA standards, which guide my practice and help me serve as an effective educator, collaborator, and advocate. These standards provide a framework for the following key aspects of my approach to teaching: Access to Information; Information Literacy;  Instruction and Assessment; Reading Promotion; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Professional Development; and Advocacy.

Contact Information:

Ph: 515-965-9635 x2826



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