Andrea J. Catania-Stephenson, MA, MEd, MLIS

Title: National Board Certified Teacher
Company:
California School Library Association
Location:
Lincoln, California, United States

Andrea J. Catania-Stephenson, MA, MEd, MLIS, a National Board Certified Teacher and librarian at the California School 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 25 years, having served as a National Board Certified Teacher and librarian on behalf of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges from 2011 until her retirement in 2021. In this capacity, she bore 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 a similar role at the California School Library Association between 1994 and 2021. During this time, she distinguished herself as the president of the association’s northern region from 2013 to 2014.

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 train for advancement via individual determination, which is utilized to raise the grade point score of average students. Additionally, she was gratified to win an Innovative Reading Grant from the American Library Association in 2016. In retirement, Ms. Stephenson travels to county offices of education in her area and offers her services as a teacher librarian. Additionally, she serves as an accreditor in Northern California.

Before embarking upon her professional journey, Ms. Stephenson studied legal service 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, California State University and the University of 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.

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