The School Library: A Place to Cultivate Community and Collaboration

 In June, Past, Summer Camp, Webinar

Thursday, June 11th, 3:00pm CST

Successful school librarians have continuously transformed their libraries to stay in step with the needs of their students, teachers, and administrators. By being agents of change and embracing transformation, they themselves become the embodiment of what relevance looks like in the realm of education. Join us as we celebrate stories of successful transformation that will inspire innovation during these uncertain times.

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to those who attend this webinar. A recording will be posted to for those who cannot participate in the live session.


Jen McCarty Plucker, Ed.D.

Director of Professional Learning, Mackin Educational Resources

Jen received her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership with research focused on adolescent engagement/motivation and accelerated literacy growth. She has over 20 years of education experience as a teacher, administrator, consultant, and adjunct professor. She joined Mackin in 2017 to launch the Professional Learning division.

Lindsay Simmons, M.A.

Professional Learning Specialist, Mackin Educational Resources

Lindsay Simmons, M.A., Professional Learning Specialist, has several years of experience working as an upper elementary school teacher and has most recently served as the STEM Education Programming Manager for a science center in Pennsylvania. She has her master’s degree in Art History with a Museum Studies Certificate and has a passion for learning about most effective engagement strategies, in both design and learning. She enjoys utilizing STEM and Maker Education processes and tools to enhance her students’ learning.

Lindsay Simmons
Katy Tessman

New School Services Project Manager & Makerspace Specialist, Mackin Educational Resources

Katy combines her professional communications experience and diverse educator background as the New School Services Project Manager & Makerspace Specialist at Mackin. From building relevant and diverse book collections that provide windows and mirrors for students to creating Makerspaces in media centers giving an outlet for students, fueling engagement, creativity, and curiosity at the same time, Katy assists teachers and librarians look to the future by helping create new school libraries and media centers across the country. Katy is passionate about transforming school libraries, maker education, and literacy. Katy is a self-published author, and has a BA in speech communication.