We work together to research and provide workshops and lessons to parents, teachers and students about digital ethics and the impact of technology on our lives. Here's a little more about who we are individually:
Education: University of Washington, MLIS
Loyola University - Chicago, MEd
Santa Clara University, BS
Sam Harris is the Middle School librarian at Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, Washington. She is passionate about the impact of the digital world on the lives of people, young and old. She also teams with faculty to promote the love books, and develop and teach research units, ranging from writing opinion essays to researching local history or developing worst-case scenario survival guides for potential volcanic eruptions.
Sam is the chair of the school’s Diversity Committee.
Sam volunteers at the Oasis Youth Center and is the Vice President of the Board at the Tacoma Rainbow Center. Not surprisingly, she also loves to read. Science fiction and fantasy books (and movies, and TV shows) are her favorites. She also enjoys knitting socks, hats, and tiny adorable creatures for friends and family. One day she hopes to spend more time traveling to England, Ireland and the Isle of Man, where she was born and live on a farm with donkeys, goats and chickens.
Education: University of Puget Sound, MAT
University of Puget Sound, BA
Holly Gerla's official title is Academic Technology Coordinator at Charles Wright Academy. In addition to the technical and curricular support she helps provide teachers and students, she currently teaches 3rd grade through 9th grade classes in technology, digital citizenship and media literacy. Holly spent six years teaching language arts and social studies in the public schools, then took some time off to raise two daughters, born in 2000 and 2002. Throughout her career she has also taught preschoolers, community college students and graduate-level courses, but returned to full-time work at CWA, where she has been since 2008.
Holly has advised a middle school computer programming club, and is a member of the school's curriculum and diversity committees.