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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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