Ronda Hughes, library media specialist at Fountain Lake Cobra Digital Prep Academy, received the Rising Star Award from the Arkansas Library Association during its annual conference in Rogers.
The Rising Star Award is given to a librarian in Arkansas who has been in the library field for five years or less and has provided exceptional service to their library community. Hughes has taught for 19 years in Lakeside, Hot Springs, and Fountain Lake school districts. She has been a library media specialist for the last five years.
Hughes shares her ideas by joining in on #TLChats for Arkansas librarians on Twitter. She also uses Twitter to connect with other educators around the world connect her students with authors, and publishers. Her seventh-grade students were reading and studying the story elements in "The Call of the Wild" and "Touching Spirit Bear" in their classrooms and Hughes organized and hosted a Skype session with Denali National Park in Alaska. Students were able to learn and see firsthand, via the park ranger, what life was like for those characters.
She also hosts lunchtime activities including Rubik's Cube Club, Maker Club, as well as Book Club.
Hughes is involved in professional organizations and committees, attends and presents regularly at educational conferences, and she and Mike Hernandez, ADE deputy commissioner, co-founded Garland County READS.School on 10/07/2018
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