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Corey Hall
Middle School Librarian
Adjunct Professor

My career has been a crazy adventure. As an Army wife, I have moved countless times, so my resume looks a little like a scavenger hunt.

I started teaching in 1997 in a tiny private school in Jacksonville, NC. My first year of teaching was a dismal experience. I was at a small private school, and my first classroom was literally a renovated broom closet. No supplies, no support, no technology. I got pregnant mid-year, made it to Christmas vacation, then promptly quit.

Fortunately, I decided to take the plunge again 2 years later and found a job in Clarksville, TN as a science teacher. It was a challenging district, suburban with an urban flair. I was a traveling teacher for the first year, teaching from a cart. But after I had a year of experience under my belt, I was able to move to math (you certify in all subjects in middle school in TN) and find a permanent home. I taught for 3 years in Clarksville.

We moved to Alabama next, and I found a position at the local community college working with un- and under-employed adults teaching them job and technology skills.

Our next move was to South Korea, of all places. I found a position in a small private American school and taught math, English, and history. My students were mostly AmerAsian: one Korean parent and one American parent, usually a soldier or contractor. This was probably the best teaching experience of my career even up to this point. I learned so much about second and third culture kids, as well as diverse learners.

Next we headed back to Alabama, and I found another middle school teaching job. I spent a year teaching language arts to 7th and 8th graders. It was at this point in my career that I earned my master's degree in educational technology and online teaching and learning, and landed my first online adjunct teaching position with a Florida college.

The Army moved us one more time to central PA, where I am now located. I spent many years teaching online full-time, mostly pre-service education (teachers preparing for the classroom) and technology courses. I earned my PhD in education technology management during this time, and found a position at a small local college as the director of one of their graduate science education/STEM program. I did that for a few years, but just really missed the K12 life. I earned my library certification and found a position in a local school library, and have been doing the library gig ever since!

I am currently serving as a middle school librarian in a rural district here in central PA. I am finishing up a second master's degree in library and information science. I continue to teach online for Indiana Wesleyan University.


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The App
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The Process
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The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Talk
Sherlock famous detective. We've all heard of him. But have you heard of his lesser known little sister, Enola? In "The Case of the Missing Marquess", Enola is faced with the disappearance of her mother. She goes on a great adventure to find her mother, and finds herself in the middle of ANOTHER disappearance. Will Enola find the Missing Marquess? Will she find her mother?

My Thoughts
This is a cute and quick read. I can see middle school students who like mysteries enjoying this series. Reminds me of the Benedict Society series.

My Recommendation
4/5 stars
Grades 5+

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