Mrs. Swinsick is beginning her third year at Helena High School after serving as a media specialist at Pelham High School for three years. Prior to her time at Pelham, Mrs. Swinsick was a 4th grade teacher at Helena Intermediate School. She holds a Master’s Degree in Library Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.
Mrs. Swinsick and her husband have a little girl who is six years old and is in 1st grade this year. She also has a little boy who is two. Mrs. Swinsick loves reading, of course, serving in her church, shopping, sewing, and spending time with family and friends.
Some of Mrs. Swinsick’s favorite books include Redeeming Love, The Selection series, Divergent, and The Discovery of Witches.
This is Mrs. Wilson’s second year at Helena HS and her 16th in education as a school librarian and teacher. She has served both elementary and middle age groups and loves being a part of the Helena High School team. She has a Master’s in Library and Information Studies, an Education Specialist degree in Library Media, and is a National Board Certified School Librarian. Mrs. Wilson is a past president of the Alabama School Library Association, past chair of the Alabama Virtual Library Executive Council, and former Region V Director-Elect for the American Association of School Librarians. She currently chairs the AASL Task force on developing a position statement on librarians as leaders, writes for AASL’s Knowledge Quest, and is also pursuing her PhD in Instructional Leadership with a concentration in Instructional Technology.
Mrs. Wilson is married with three daughters, and her interests include writing, reading, learning, and serving the global community as an orphan care/prevention advocate. Though nearly impossible to narrow it down to best books, Mrs. Wilson’s all-time favorites are To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Martian by Andy Weir, and Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. Her most recent “5 star” reads include The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, and American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers by Nancy Jo Sales.