It is my pleasure to be the media coordinator at The Hairston Middle School for the 4th year. I was formally at Dudley and Western Guilford High Schools and served as a substitute in media centers and classrooms for several years.
Prior to coming to the field of education, I spent more than 30 years at Syngenta Crop Protection in the Research & Development and IT departments in a technology role supporting the research groups, mostly field research scientists, providing them computers, training and ongoing daily support, a job I loved dearly because of the awesome team of people who became friends, not just clients. It is my hope I can bring that same passion to a similar role in the middle school.
The role of libraries and librarians have radically changed over the years due in part to the evolving technology we have all become accustomed to using each day. My role is to blend that with the traditional information housed in databases librarians can educate everyone in and enrich the research experience as well as educating staff, teachers and students in how to better use the technology of today. Since Hairston is one of the middle school programs running in a 1:1 computer to student program, librarians can enhance the use of these devices and offer each person with the opportunity for a richer reward from the devices and systems they can access.
Presently, I am working on my 6th and 7th degree studying for a master’s then PhD at NC State with majors in Science Education/Educational Technology. I guess you could say I am truly a lifelong learner, inspired by my upbringing and overall curiosity and love of science I hope to have young people also experience. I look forward to helping students grow and learn by experiencing all the media center has to offer.
Leonard F. Parker, Jr.
Otis L. Hairston Middle School
3911 Naco Road
Greensboro, North Carolina 27401