Hello, Mustang Families!
My name is Irena Hedrick, and it is my privilege to lead Overton ISD Libraries for the last 4 years.
Before joining Overton ISD, I taught different grade levels and subjects, beginning with Pre-K and ending with 12th grade, with my main area of experience being career and technical education. It's been 18 years since I left my first home, the country of Latvia, where I obtained my first masters in marketing management. My Texas Alma Mater is University of North Texas, where I graduated with masters of science in library science.
My favorite part about being a librarian is the opportunity of getting to know each student and staff member, to learn about the dreams and aspirations of different members of our school community. Those connections are what drives the developments of the library program.
In these recent years, all district students were introduced to the use of the online library catalog, along with the online informational resources. We have had some great times in our book clubs, in our voting for Texas Bluebonnet Award books, in our community-wide book fairs, and our students have grown in STEM areas by participating in the stock market game and by learning to code. Our extremely driven and disciplined elementary and secondary UIL teams have placed at the top in Dictionary Skills. We were also very lucky to meet with some wonderful authors and to interact with them. It has truly been and continues to be an experience of growth and new discoveries, and it is so exciting!
On a personal note, I am married to Tom Hedrick, and our three daughters Tiffany, Talia and Tiana are Overton Mustangs in grades 12, 8 and 6. Beginning this year, Tom has also joined the OISD library team as a secondary library tech. He brings years of teaching experience, as well as working in other industries. He is driven to help kids excel as life-long learners and readers, while balancing the seriousness with an occasional game and a joke. On a regular day, you will see him helping a student find the right book, showing kids how investments work, demonstrating how to access online training for college and career readiness tests, leading a secondary book club over lunch, and, well, playing some foosball that he had brought into the library. Thank you for allowing us to help develop OISD libraries into a place of learning and of good memories with friends!
We are working to inspire and to support OISD students in their preparation for successful lives after graduation. Our library program is striving to keep pace with the newest trends, and part of it is extending the accessibility to our library resources for our community outside of our walls. Visit our district library page for online resources, updates and to access our online library catalog. Watch a 4-minute tutorial on finding and reserving your books at the library by clicking here.
I am looking forward to this school year and to working with our young future professionals and world-changers!
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