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Ms. Mary Neely

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Teacher Librarian

Tarrant Intermediate School
#1 Wildcat Drive
Tarrant, Alabama 35217
(205) 849-0168
 

 

 

A little about me....

 

Education:

B.S. in Elementary Education from University of Alabama in Birmingham

M.S. in Library and Information Science from Drexel University

 

Experience:

In my teaching experience, I have spent 3 years working as an instructional aide, 6 years as a regular classroom teacher, and 13 years as a media specialist.

As an instructional aide, I worked along side one of the special education teachers in a self-contained room. I really enjoyed assisting these students as we worked together to gain new skills and knowledge.

Later, I taught several combination grade level classes with grade spans ranging from 1st to 6th grade, both in public and private school. It was a pleasure and a challenge to work with the different grade level configurations. Due to the varied needs in this environment, we all learned to serve as "teachers" and "students". I often found that my students taught me as much as I was teaching them. It was nice to be reminded of how beautiful life can be when seen through the eyes of a child!

In 2005, I was offered the chance to serve as Media Specialist for (then) Tarrant Middle School. I was a little apprehensive at first because my educational experience was limited to younger students, but decided to give it a try. Now 13 years later, I have completed my master's degree in Library and Information Science and am currently serving as the media specialist for Tarrant Intermediate School. 

I am looking forward to a great year at Tarrant Intermediate. My desire is to help EVERYONE become lifelong learners and experienced readers - this includes parents, teachers, staff, and our future community leaders!