Lashon Moseley remembers when she first became obsessed with reading.
Everyday after lunch in 6th grade, her teacher would read novels to a group of students. "I just remember sitting there after lunch, it was the most exciting part of my day," she said. "That's when I fell in love with books."
And that's exactly what Moseley does as the media specialist at Millbrook Elementary School, reading to her groups of kids on a daily basis. It's just one of the many ways she gets them interested in books and learning.
"The more you read, the more you learn, and the more your curiosity is peaked," she said. "I think my job is so amazing because I get to give kids that gift, the gift of learning."
Moseley started her teaching career in a traditional classroom setting. A few years ago, she decided to make the switch to media specialist. She admits it was a difficult move to make, but one she felt compelled to do.
"I have the opportunity to touch more than just 30 students. I have an impact on the whole school and I love it, I truly do."
She uses a number of methods to make library fun, and technology plays a big role in that. The students use laptop computers to read books and play educational games. And the kids take ownership of the library. Recently, Moseley let them reorganize the fiction section by genre.
"I'm just the keeper, the facilitator of the library. It belongs to the students and the staff here," she said.
"She actually makes kids want to come to library," said William Cottman, who works with Moseley in the library. "She's supportive, she's engaging and she's caring."
Ryan Coleman, the PTA president who nominated Moseley for the ABC2-MECU Teachers Are Heroes award, echoed those sentiments.
"She's made the library a place for the students to come and have a safe haven to learn," Coleman said.
As long as Moseley is running the library, you'll always find a child with their nose buried in a book, soaking up everything they can about the world around them.
"I think of the library as the hub, the heart of the school. I really feel like I found my niche and I love my job."
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