Heather Price, Skyridge High School, Alpine School District
Heather Price joined UELMA has a board member this year. She has been the teacher librarian at Skyridge High School since it opened two years ago, and was previously at Canyon View Junior High School and Reagan Academy Charter School.
She became a librarian by accident, even though the career test she took in junior high told her to be one! Her supervisor for her student teaching in English, Sandy Barney at Lehi High School, became a librarian. She says, “I went to see if Sandy would still give me a recommendation as an English teacher, even though I’d taught for her a decade earlier. She told me being a librarian combined technology, reading, and teaching–all the things I loved–and that’s what I really should be doing instead. I signed up for a library certification program immediately…it was a total change in career that I will always be grateful for!”
Lately she can be caught reading Wires and Nerve, the graphic novel continuation of the Lunar Chronicles series, or Harry Potter, which she is finally reading for the first time. Her students challenged her to read the series by graduation and she’s halfway there! (And now she finally gets all of the references and jokes that students kept throwing at her–like her favorite, ”When in doubt, go to the library!”)
Two of Heather’s favorite technology tools are BreakoutEDU and NoodleTools. Having several BreakoutEDU kits has been a great way to get classes to come into the library! Her teachers have designed “escape rooms” based on everything from biology labs to the Salem witch trials. NoodleTools is her favorite online tool that she introduces students to during “Research Boot Camp”–a two week experience for all sophomores at Skyridge. She loves introducing students to such an easy way to collect and cite sources while during research projects!
Her favorite part of being a librarian is creating special events for her students–especially if it gives her an excuse to dress up in costume. When The Last Jedi came out, students signed up for a week of Force training, having to pass off tasks with their teachers who volunteered to be Sith or Jedi masters for the week. Her students spent this past May the 4th playing BB-8 mini-golf in the library!
Heather also loves to write, sew, work on her shop’s laser cutter or CNC machine, and travel anywhere by cruise ship!