Meet Team AISD

Talking about books and technology with students and staff and getting them as excited about reading and working with technology resources as I am, is incredibly rewarding.

Christy Cochran

Position: 
Librarian/Information Specialist
Department/School: 
Murchison Middle School

WHAT I DO:
I wear many hats as the Librarian—I am a champion for reading and the information literacy teacher. I promote the library as the heart and soul of our campus where learning happens and students have access to materials to build a love of reading. I teach research and how to incorporate 21st Century skills in the curriculum and work with students, staff, parents and other schools and community members to ensure everyone has access to information. I have the best job on campus!

WHAT I LIKE ABOUT AISD:
I graduated from AISD, so I love being able to work with the district and give back to the community. The students are amazing and I love the diversity found within the district. I also enjoy the camaraderie formed with colleagues on campus and with librarians across the district. We have an amazing group of people who serve from the heart and love what they do. The passion for reading and integrating technology into curriculum is catching and I love the challenge to stay on top of current trends in both literature and technology.

THE MOST REWARDING THING ABOUT MY JOB:
It is an amazing experience asking questions and learning about students to help them find that one book that ends up lighting a spark of love for reading. It’s also very gratifying to help students and staff members find information while teaching them the tools so they can go back and be successful on their own. Collaboration with faculty members is another joy of mine. I love working with other teachers on curriculum and being a site member of AVID and IB.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS I INITIATED THIS YEAR:
As a vertical team, I partner with the feeder school librarians and hold a transition book club at the end of the school year for incoming 6th graders. This will be our third year to meet. I’ve also initiated WIRED Wednesdays in the library to promote 21st Century Skills and offer faculty and staff opportunities to learn more about available technologies to integrate into their curriculum.

MY MOTTO:
Everybody has the right to learn and it’s our job to expose our students to all the possibilities, with respect and dignity so they can embrace and thrive on their education and become life-long learners.