About Starkey...
Subject / Grade Media Specialist
Room: Media Center
Phone: 480-883-4301
Email: Starkey
"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child."
-- Dr. Suess

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Hi and welcome to the Media Center at Tarwater Elementary School. The Media Center is the hub of our school community. Visitors are welcome to search for a book or other resource, using our state-of-the-art laptop computers, or desktop computers while in the library. The attached computer lab houses 32 newly upgraded student computer stations.

My Education and Professional Background

This is my twelfth year as a Chandler Schools Media Specialist. Before that, I taught 1st grade at Conley Elementary School for 3 1/2 years. I earned a B.A. (Magna cum Laude) in 2002 from Arizona State University, and an M.Ed. degree in 2006 from Arizona State University, with a concentration in Media and Technology in Education.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that all children are capable of learning and that all children should feel respected, safe, and supported in their learning endeavors. It is therefore my honor to help all children by teaching appropriate skills in locating materials, interpreting and analyzing their finds, and in synthesizing their newly acquired knowledge. My goal as Media Specialist is to promote and support positive growth in student learning by teaching research and literacy skills in the library, using classic techniques, while incorporating the use of technology.

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