Title: National Board-Certified Teacher Librarian
Company: San Juan Unified School District
Location: Sacramento, California, United States
Andrea J. Catania-Stephenson, MA, MEd, MLIS, a National Board-Certified Teacher Librarian who is retired from San Juan Unified School District, and is a member of the California School Library Association, the American Association of School Librarians, and the American Library Association, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of education.
Ms. Stephenson enjoyed a fulfilling career in education that spanned more than 35 years. She is a National Board-Certified Teacher Librarian who works with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). She has worked with WASC since 2011 and continues to serve after her retirement in 2021. In this capacity, she has extensive expertise in information literacy, as well as the efficient setup and organization of libraries, and bore responsibility for selecting books for primary and secondary school-level curricula, as well as collaborating with area teachers on how to integrate research processes. Previously, Ms. Stephenson served in similar leadership roles as President of the Cap CUE affiliate from 1996 to 1999 and was northern region President of California School Library Association from 2014 to 2016.
Throughout the course of her career, Ms. Stephenson is most proud to have served as one of the first teachers to use computers in a classroom setting to teach with and was one of the first wave of teachers trained in AVID, the advancement via individual determination program, that utilized note taking skills to raise the grade point scores of average students. Additionally, she was gratified to win the National Innovative Reading Grant from the American Library Association in 2016. In retirement, Ms. Stephenson wishes to provide consulting services to county offices of education in her area and other services related to being a teacher librarian.
Before embarking upon her professional journey, Ms. Stephenson studied as a para-legal at Skyline College, from which she earned an Associate of Arts in 1987. Following this accomplishment, she went on to attain a Bachelor of Arts at San Francisco State University in 1988. Pivoting her field of study toward education, Ms. Stephenson subsequently attended San Diego State University, Sacramento State University, and the University of North Texas, where she obtained a Master of Education in 1994, a Master of Education in 2005 and a master’s degree in library and information science in 2018, respectively.
In accounting for her success, Ms. Stephenson credits her intrinsic passion for the field of education. Looking toward the future, she aspires to continue her work as an educational consultant and ensure that local county offices receive the support they need in library services.
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