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Kirsten McDonald
Media Coordinator

National Board Certification in Library Media
Media Coordinator (Grades K-12)
English (Grades 9-12)

MLS, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, 2007
MA in English, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 1988
BA in English, Davidson College, Davidson, NC, 1983


Media Coordinator, Emma Elementary School, Asheville, NC: Planned and implemented lessons for students in grades K-5, created online Moodle courses, provided 21st Century skills staff development, assisted independent researchers, collaborated with teachers on instructional projects, maintained collection of print and electronic resources, managed budgets, chaired media-technology committee, planned special events, introduced flexible scheduling for grades 3-5, implemented the Big6 research model, served as webmaster for school website, managed school-wide fixed asset inventory system, wrote grants for technology and print resources, sponsored BiblioTechs and broadcast news team (2004-Present)

Title I Teaching Assistant, Avery's Creek Elementary School, Arden, NC: Prepared lessons and taught small groups of students in grades K-5, screened students for placement, communicated with lead teachers regarding student needs, wrote Even Start Grant proposal (2003-2004)

Freelance Consultant, Horseshoe, NC: Wrote and edited copy for booklets, calendars, videos, brochures, ads, magazines, and newspapers; supervised and coordinated work of designers, photographers, and printers; designed brochures and collateral materials; planned special events (1993-2004)

Marketing Director & Marketing Coordinator , Cabarrus Memorial Hospital, Concord, NC: Supervised staff of four; planned and implemented marketing and public relations programs for hospital, individual departments, and physician p ractices; prepared departmental and project budgets; designed layout, wrote copy, and supervised production of ads, brochures, and collateral; planned and coordinated special events; wrote press releases and served as media contact; supervised work of non-hospital designers, photographers, and agencies (1990-93)

Presentations and Recognition

Presenter at Buncombe County Schools' BEST Steam Powered Mini-Conference (2015)
Presenter at NC Technology in Education Society Annual Conference (2011)
Presenter at American Association of School Libraries Annual Conference (2009)
Presenter at NC School Library Media Association Annual Conference (2007)
Presenter at Big6 Workshop for Buncombe County Schools (2007)
North Carolina School Library Media Association Read2Succeed Grant (2007)
Asheville Area Arts Council Grant (2005)
Carolinas Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Society Award (1992)
Carolinas Association of Business Communicators Award (1992)
Healthcare Marketing Report Award (1992)
Hollins College Literary Festival: Short Story Division Award (1983)
Vereen Bell Writing Awards at Davidson College (1982 and 1983)
Davidson College Student Art Exhibit (1980 and 1983)