borderDoreen Golembeski, Library-Media Specialist
I taught third grade for ten years in the district before transferring into the Learning Center in 2002. Since becoming the Library-Media Specialist I have been awarded many grants and involved the students in a variety of programs.Implementation of School-Wide ProgramsFall of 2005 - I organized a used book sale at Lincoln School to raise money for the victims of Hurricane KatrinaFebruary of 2010 - I organized a used book sale at Lincoln School for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. As a result check for $725 was presented to the Rotary Club of the Caldwells to help support humanitarian missions in Haiti.Caldwell-West Calwell Education Association Alice Long Grants2004 - Vote for Character! - Picture book characters were used as candidates running for office to allow students to identify characteristics that they would look for in a leader. The entire school voted, electing "Swimmy" as their president.2006-2007 - What is a Hero? - Students corresponded with my marine friend deployed in Iraq and hosted a special assembly honoring the students' new friend.2008 - The Presidential Election - Former presidents Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson were used as candidates running for office to allow students to identify characteristics that they would look for in a leader. The entire school voted, electing Abraham Lincoln as their president.Spring 2010 - The Lincoln School Caldwell-cott Medal - Students in third grade evaluated all picture books from 2009 in the library's collection. The top three vote-getters were then read to the entire school population. The winner, Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library, received the gold Lincoln School Caldwell-cott Medal. This program has been repeated subsequent years.Fall 2014 - We Both Read: Parents as Reading Partners - This grant added a set of 56 books to the library collection from We Both Read series. The books will be used during the first Friday of each month when parents come into the classrooms to share their love of reading. This series allows parents to read with their child as the format presents a parent page consisting of more complex text, followed by a leveled page for the child to read. The goal is to provide a more enjoyable, shared reading experience between parent and child.Caldwell-West Calwell Education Foundation GrantsOctober of 2010 - The Civil Rights Movement: Interacting with History - I organized and implemented a program that taught children about this period in history through literature, culminating in a visit from Civil Rights icon Ruby Bridges. The visit was funded by the Lincoln School HSA and through a grant I was awarded from the Caldwell-West Caldwell Education Foundation.Mrs. Canale, Ruby Bridges, and Miss Golembeski2010-2011 - 4th and 5th Grade Reading Competitions - I was one of the grant writers for this grant which allowed all four elementary schools to receive multiple copies of two new novels, one for each grade level, which were used in the former reading battles.Election 2012: A Link to the Past - This grant provided the school library with a full set of president books from ABDO Publisher's Checkerboard series. Each 5th grade student researched a president and presented the findings to their peers. We then held a primary election, basing our votes on character traits, contributions to our country, and political experience, to narrow down the field to the top two vote-getters who ran against each other on Election Day. Then each class read the biographies of our primary winners, John Adams and Ronald Reagan, and brainstormed a list of reasons why that candidate would be a good choice for president. When the final election was held, John Adams came out on top!
- B.S. Education - Kutztown University, cum laude
- M. Ed. - William Paterson College
- Educational Media Specialist Certification - William Paterson University
Bee-ginner Coding: Bee-Bots and Blue-Bots in Action - Students from Kindergarten through second grade have the opportunity to learn beginner coding using unique insect robots that can be programmed with attached buttons and wirelessly using iPads or the Tac Tile Reader.AffiliationsEssex County Association of School Librarians (ECASL) - I have been affiliated with this organization for over ten years. Publishing companies donate hundreds of books to our organization, and each year I am able to obtain approximately 45 brand new books for the library after evaluating them and providing feedback to the publishers and authors. During the meetings we share our opinions of the books that were evaluated by each member, and this information is extremely useful when placing book orders for the library.People to People Student Ambassador Program - I have traveled abroad for six years with 7th and 8th grade students from New Jersey each summer as a Delegation Leader. The program, founded 50 years ago by President Eisenhower, provides students with the opportunity to learn firsthand about other cultures. Trips have included visits to Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, France, Italy, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, China, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. I traveled back to Australia in the summer of 2012, and toured much of the east coast from Cairns to Sydney. Highlights of this trip included snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, visiting the Australia Zoo (started by Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin), holding a koala bear, and climbing to the top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge with amazing views of the iconic Sydney Opera House.PersonalIn my spare time I like reading, traveling, shopping, and watching my favorite football team - The Dallas Cowboys. I also enjoy meeting children's book authors. My favorite LOVE is my Boston Terrier, Toby!