Monday, August 29, 2016

Meet new to MNPS, Librarian Rai Neely

    Let's get to know Rai Neely, new librarian at Gower Elementary!

     Tell us about your family/pets:
    I have two wonderful kids.   Jeffrey is 19 and will be a sophomore at APSU.  Emma is 17 and is a Senior at Nashville Christian School.  My husband is a Captain on the Nashville Fire Department. We live in White Bluff with 4 dogs, 2 frogs, 2 hermit crabs, and a fish. 

Tell us about your professional background:
    This will be my 24th year of teaching and my 13th at Gower.  I have been teaching second grade for the last 4 years and kindergarten for 8 years before that.  Prior to teaching at Gower, I was at Pegram Elementary School in Cheatham County for 12 years.  I taught 3rd, 1st, and spend the last 5 years as Library/Media Specialist.

Why did you become a librarian?
5        I became a librarian because I love to get kids excited about books, authors, reading, and writing.

       What's your favorite book?
         It is soooooo very hard to pick just one favorite book, but if I have to, I guess I would choose The Book Thief for upper grades and Where the Wild Things Are for lower grades.

      MNPS LOVES our librarians- tell us why you are thrilled to be part of our team.
7       am absolutely thrilled to be part of the MNPS library team because I have witnessed some great things going on in other libraries around Nashville and would like to bring them to Gower to help reignite our library program.

8  What are you most excited about implementing at your school?
            One of my biggest goals is to get classes into the library more for library and research lessons.

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