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Ms. Tracey Wong

Tracey Wong is the Director of Library Services for the Yonkers Public Schools. She has been in education for 19 years as a classroom teacher, a Reading Recovery teacher, a Collaborative Team Teacher, a  Leveled Literacy Intervention Specialist and as a School Library Media Specialist. Tracey is a 2018 Library Journal Mover & Shaker,  a 2017 Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam awardee and a 2016 ALA Scholastic Publishing recipient.  She has written for Library Media Connection,  School Library Journal and School Library Connection. Her libraries have been featured in HSBC UFT , SLJ and she has presented webinars on grant funding and Supporting English Language Learners Remotely. For fun, she enjoys DIY projects, creating things and pushing around weights.

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Ms. Jacklyn Aurich

Ms. Aurich has worked for the Yonkers Public Schools for six years. For the past four years, she has worked as a School Library Media Specialist at School 23. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is presently enrolled at Mercy College in a Master's program for  Early Childhood, Childhood Education, and Special Education with a bilingual extension. Ms. Aurich attended the Yonkers Public Schools including Mark Twain Junior High School, and Gorton High School.  She truly enjoys her job as a librarian because she is able to educate the students  at School 23. 

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Ms. Eliana Castillo

In 2012, Eliana started her career as an educator  when she discovered an undeniable passion for teaching children and providing high-quality instruction. She pursued her dream of giving back to her community by opening her own home-based family daycare in order to assist families. By providing valuable tools and resources, Eliana was able to  help children excel in school. 

 In 2016, Eliana accepted a position with the Yonkers Public School system. She enjoys serving a bigger population of families and children as a school library media specialist. Eliana prides herself on providing all students with the knowledge and the importance of developing 21 century information literacy skills to enhance their everyday lives. Eliana will be  the librarian for school's 5, 8, 16, 17 & 30.
 

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Mrs. Tia L. Knuckles

Palisade Preparatory School has a new library media specialist, Tia Knuckles. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Tia spent most of her childhood in Yonkers, NY beginning with Scholastic Academy in 4th grade. She graduated from Saunders Trades & Technical High School. Tia went on to Monroe College, where she received her bachelor’s degree. She received her Master's of Library Science with a specialization in School Libraries from Long Island University. Tia has worked for the Yonkers Public Schools as a teaching assistant for many years and is thrilled to start her new career as a school librarian. She enjoys the diversity of the students and community and she is excited to be able to give back to the school district she grew up in.

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Mrs. Brenda Francis-Knowles

Brenda Francis-Knowles is the School Library Media Specialist at Gorton High School.

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Mrs. Ann Marie Levy

Mrs. Levy has been a School Library Media Specialist in the Yonkers Public Schools for many years.  She is the Media Specialist at Roosevelt High School.  She teaches grades 9 through 12th grade.  Prior to that, Mrs. Levy was a 3rd grade teacher.  She enjoys teaching all aspects of library skills, especially research.  The students in Mrs. Levy's classes have been learning about and participating in the New York State 3 Apples Book Award, which is the only book award in NYS that is based solely on student votes.  This activity is a highlight that the students look forward to participating in year after year.

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Mrs. Karen Loia

Karen Loia is the Library Media Specialist at Lincoln High School. Born and raised in Yonkers, she is thankful she is able to give back to the community, in the city that she will always think of as home!  She attended P.S. #28 (Kahlil Gibran School), Walt Whitman Junior High School (Robert C. Dodson School) and Roosevelt High School (Roosevelt High School-Early College Studies).  

Karen holds a Bachelor's Degree in Interior Design, with a Minor in Art History from Marymount College and a Master's Degree in School Library Media Science from Queens College.  She has worked as a Library Media Specialist in Yonkers for many years, teaching students in the elementary, middle and high school settings.  

She is a lifelong learner who is motivated by a passion to help others and pave the way, eliminating struggle and opening doors to a world of information and technology that is available for all.  She loves to enhance self esteem in others and is passionate about educating our students and helping them to reach their full potential. She believes that knowledge is power and together and we can do this!

​In addition to teaching students and promoting literacy, Karen takes pride in sharing her expertise with colleagues during her professional development workshops and on her Ed Tech page. She is also the school website editor and AP Testing Coordinator at Lincoln High School.  At Palisade Prep she created the Read2B initiative to promote literacy and independent reading.  She enjoys posting on Twitter for the YPS Library Media Specialists @ YO_Library Media!

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Mr. Robert McDonald

In 2017, Robert McDonald began his career as an educator in the Yonkers Public School District. Mr. McDonald has served various aged children spanning from pre-kindergarten - high school. Robert enjoys instructing the younger grades with library skills and integrating multimedia within his lessons. Robert is currently assigned to Montessori 27, Scholastic Academy, School 9, Cesar Chavez, and Hostos as the Library Media Specialist. 

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Mr. James Riley

Mr. Riley is currently the Library Media Specialist for Saunders HS. He has worked as a Media Specialist for the Yonkers Public Schools in elementary, middle, and high schools for over 20 years. He has over 25 years of experience as an educator. He holds a BA from Colgate University; an MLS from Queens College; and a Certificate in School Administration from The College of St. Rose. Mr. Riley enjoys reading; skiing; swimming; and participating in book clubs. He is also serving as the President of the Yonkers City School Library Council.

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Dr. Daniel A. Sabol

Dr. Sabol is an amiable,  librarian who genuinely enjoys helping others learn and grow. He has worked in libraries since he was thirteen years old, starting as a page, and has endured his journey of invariably becoming a School Library Media Specialist or School Librarian. Dr. Sabol obtained his Bachelor's Degree from Iona College, a Master's of Library Science from Long Island University, a second Master's of Science in Computer Science/Cyber Security, and his Doctoral Studies in Applied Computer Science at Pace University. Dr. Sabol holds various publications, certifications, and professional board committee member experiences. Dr. Sabol works at Riverside High School.

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Mr. Peter Sieh

Peter Sieh began working as a librarian in Yonkers Public Schools in 2006. He worked at Enrico Fermi for four years, and he now works at School 13 and Martin Luther King Jr. Academy. He teaches students in Pre-Kindergarten up through the 8th grade. Besides teaching students how to enjoy reading print books and online books, Mr. Sieh enjoys showing students how to search for information online. He also takes great pride in filming events that happen in his two schools, and posting those videos on his two schools’ websites. He is heavily involved with S.T.E.A.M. instruction in his schools, and has helped facilitate many different computer coding activities at both School 13 and Martin Luther King Jr. Academy.

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*Bachelors in Elementary Education *Masters in Special Education *Masters in Instructional Technology *Masters in Library Media Science Professional Certification- Teaching Pre-K -6th Grade  Professional Certification-Library Media Science K-12th

Ms. Mariana Sugrim

Ms. Mariana Sugrim holds a Bachelor’s Degree  in Elementary Education, a Master's Degree in Special Education and a Master's Degree in instructional technology from  Grand Canyon University, Arizona.  Additionally, Mariana received a Master’s Degree in Library Media Science from St. John's Fisher College, New York. She has worked with children of various age groups over the past thirteen years. Ms. Sugrim also served as an elementary school teacher in New York City prior to stepping into librarianship. Mariana is librarian at both Pearls Hawthorne School and Cross Hill Academy.

 

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Ms. Ingrid Sutherland

Ingrid Sutherland is the elementary school librarian for Paideia 15, Khalil Gibran, Pulaski, Family 32 and Boyce Thompson this year.  She has been 20 years in education, starting as a high school English teacher in Washington Heights.  She is looking forward to sharing her love of reading and the magic of literacy with all of her students.

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B.S. in Elementary Education M.S. in Library and Information Science

Ms. Nicole Wernham-Taylor

Nicole is the School Library Media Specialist at Yonkers Middle High School!  She was born in New York City and  raised in the Bronx. Nicole attended catholic elementary school in the Bronx before moving to Yonkers. She attended and graduated from Roosevelt High School  before starting her career as a librarian-in-training at The New York Public Library on Fordham Road in the Bronx. She later left the NYPL to follow her dream of being a School Library Media Specialist for Yonkers Public Schools. She have been working as a Media Specialist for over 20 years. 

After starting at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, Nicole completed  her  Bachelor of Science degree at City College of New York. She received a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science from Long Island University and has permanent certifications as an Elementary Teacher, a School Library Media Specialist and also a Public Librarian. 

Nicole is honored to serve the learning community of YMHS and looks forward to assisting in all their learning needs. 

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*BA in Elementary Education - Iona College *MS in Special Education - College of New Rochelle *St. Nicholas Training Centre for the Montessori Method of Education *MS in Library and Information Science - LIU- CW Post Campus

Mrs. Carol Westphal

Carol is a certified School Library Media Specialist with over 25 years experience in the Yonkers Public School District.  She spent 15 years at Emerson Middle School, 5 years at Cross Hill Academy and PEARLS Hawthorne, and 5 years at Riverside High School and Yonkers Montessori Academy.  Currently, she teaches at Yonkers Montessori Academy. 

Besides teaching students she provides Professional Development at: Parent Workshops, Faculty Meetings and Districtwide Workshops.  For the last few years she has also taught for the Yonkers Richard Gazzola Teacher Center.  In this course she instructs and shows colleagues how to use the Instructional Technology Resources offered through the District and the Yonkers City School Library System in their curriculum with their students.  In addition, she encourges all participants to share this information with parents, colleagues, and administrators. She is also a member of the Yonkers City School Library System Council.