Award-winning school librarian Kim Borden outlines why you need to be advocating for your position during the COVID-19 pandemic and provides a three-phase reopening plan template for your library that you can customize and share with your administration.
About Kim Borden
Kim Borden is the Librarian and Head Robotics Coach at Plainfield Elementary School in the Pen Argyl School District in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. She was the Educator of the Year recipient in 2019 from the Pen Argyl School District and in 2017 was STEM Educator of the Year from Colonial IU20. In 2018, Kim was the winner of the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Grant in the amount of $25,000. Those funds were used to create a Wonder League Robotics Club for grades 2–3, purchase STEM kits for her building, and provide dynamic professional development for her colleagues in the area of STEM education. She was a 2020 PETE+C presenter with her session “Domo Arigato Mrs. Roboto.” Kim has also won grants from the Northampton County Chapter of Pennsylvania School Retirees, as well as the 2010 Crayola Educators Grant. Kim received her bachelor’s in Elementary Education from East Stroudsburg University and her master’s in School Library and Information Technology from Mansfield University. Additionally, Kim has her Pennsylvania STEM Certification and is pursuing her School Administration Certification from Delaware Valley University. She lives just outside the heart of the Pocono Mountains in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, with her husband and daughter.