McDonald, Kirsten (Media)

To My Classroom

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 


Children's Book Author, Mills River, NC: Wrote manuscripts for picture books, early chapter books, chapter books, and middle grades novels including the Carlos and Carmen series: The One-Tire House (2016), The Nighttime Noise (2016), The Big Rain (2016), The Green Surprise (2016), Tio Time (2017), The Yummy Mistake (2017), The Sandy Weekend (2017), The Wobbly Wheels (2017), The Costume Contest (2017), The Sparkly Night (2017), The Pet Show Problem (2017), The Perfect Piñatas (2017), The Fun Fort (2018), Over the Fence (2018), Too Many Valentines (2018), Tooth Trouble (2018), Campout (2019), The Big Splash (2019), The Sweet Treasure (2019), and  Fenced In (2019) (2013 - Present)

Media Coordinator, Emma Elementary School, Asheville, NC: Planned and implemented lessons for students in grades K-5, created online Moodle and Canvas courses, provided 21st Century skills and instructional technology staff development activities, assisted independent researchers, collaborated with teachers on instructional projects, maintained collection of print and electronic resources, managed budgets, chaired media-technology committee, planned and implemented 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)

Airport Logistics Director, Rockbrook Camp, Brevard, NC: Planned and implemented schedules for camper and staff transportation to and from airport, supervised all campers at the airport, developed alternative flight plans for campers and staff with flight delays or cancellations, communicated transportation changes with parents and camp administration, completed all unaccompanied minor paperwork (Summers 2008 - 2011)

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 (August 2003 - June 2004)

Freelance Public Relations and Marketing Consultant, Mills River, 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 (February 1993 - August 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 practices; prepared and managed 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 (March 1990 - February 1993)

Associate Production Traffic Manager, Price/McNabb Advertising, Asheville, NC: Scheduled and monitored progress of print, collateral, and broadcast jobs; designed and produced presentation materials; prepared weekly job status report; wrote and proofread copy (October 1988 - February 1990)

Computer Science Teaching Assistant, Computer Science Department, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC: Planned and delivered biweekly classes to groups of 50-75 undergraduates, graded assignments and tests, provided one-on-one tutoring as needed, updated supervising professor on student progress (August 1987 - May 1988)

Arts Program Coordinator, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro, NC: Supervised staff, participants, and volunteers; planned and coordinated logistics; prepared publicity materials; oversaw daily operation; purchased supplies; maintained financial records (summers 1987 and 1988)

Research Assistant and Editor, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, Chapel Hill, NC: Edited and designed layout of instructional materials, instructed teachers and students in computer use and Logo programming, assisted in new lab set up, compiled survey results (August 1985 - June 1986)

English Teacher, The Lovett School, Atlanta, GA: Taught composition, grammar, and literature; supervised homeroom and special events; participated in Southern Association of Colleges and Schools study (August 1983 - June 1985)

Presentations and Recognition

Society of Children's Book Writer's and Illustrators of the Carolinas 10th
     Annual Art and Writing Contest Novel Division (2019)
Teacher of the Year for Emma Elementary School (2017-2018)
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Society's Martha Weston
     Grant Recipient (2017)
Featured Author at Mountain of Words (2016)
Featured Author at Barnardsville Elementary's Young Author's Day (2016)
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
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)