Zachary teacher, librarian wins library media award _lowres

Desiree Alexander

Zachary teacher Desiree Alexander recently earned the 2015 School Library Media Specialist Award presented by the Louisiana Association of School Librarians.

The award is given to the school library media specialist who has demonstrated through action and philosophy a dedication to the mission and goals of the media specialist profession, according to the Louisiana Library Association.

Alexander is the 2014-15 Teacher of the Year at Zachary Career and Technical Center, a satellite campus of Zachary High School.

She also works as the teen library consultant at the West Feliciana Parish Library in St. Francisville.

At ZCTC, Alexander facilitates distance learning, education for careers, handles all technology concerns and is the library media specialist. Her duties include budgets, collection development, circulation and providing database assistance.

In teaching education for careers, Alexander says she assists students with mock interviews by preparing applications and in scheduling interviews.

She is a co-sponsor of Girlz Inc., a girls-only club on the ZCTC campus, and co-chairwoman of the school’s Positive Behavior Intervention and Support program.

“At Zachary, I have students all day, and in West Feliciana, I handle all teen services and oversee the Teen Library Council, planning all teen programs,” Alexander said. “I love having the ability to connect with teens to teach them course work but also about life, and using books and the library to do that is even more compelling and awesome.”

Alexander says she feels blessed to be recognized for a career she loves.

“I’ve very passionate about literacy — teaching teens and teachers about technology — and having a career that combines the two passions makes me a very happy library media specialist,” she said.

Alexander was a Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educator 2014 Leader of the Year in Region II, and her article, “READY! SET! GO! How to Create a Multicultural Environment: A Practical Guide for You and I,” was recently published in the Louisiana Library Association’s 2015 winter journal.

“I am super excited and waiting for it to arrive in the mail any day now,” Alexander said.