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Vanessa Lail,

Kecia Hopper

I am Kecia Hopper.  I began teaching middle school language arts after a career as an Army officer.  I have been an elementary school librarian since 2013.  I have been in my current position with Hickory City Schools for the past six years. 

I have presented twice at the NCSLMA conference and in 2017 earned a Roundtable on Ethnic and Minority Concerns (REMCO) award from the North Carolina Library Association for improving services and promoting positive images for minority students at the elementary level. I have a bachelor’s degree in communications from Clark Atlanta University and a master’s degree in library science from Appalachian  State University. 

I am married and have one beautiful daughter.  My favorite book changes daily, today it is Ban this book by Alan Gratz.

Vanessa Lail

Originally from The Mountain State, West Virginia, I moved to North Carolina in 1999 when I accepted a position at Grandview Middle School in Hickory, NC. I earned my MLS from Appalachian State University in 2009 and became Grandview’s SLMC in 2014. During my time in the classroom at Grandview I taught Language Arts and Science, and I still love fusing those two subjects today in the media center.

I have presented at NCTIES & NCSLMA on topics such as “Tech on a Shoestring”, “Mathemagical Books for Middle  School Readers”, and more. I have enjoyed enriching professional activities such as NCSLMA Emerging Leaders, NCDLCN, assisting with edCamp StemWest, and working as a National Board Scoring Director. A strength of my  practice has been “making do” with limited resources, along with using grant funds, DonorsChoose, and other fundraising  to enrich my program with new materials.

My favorite authors include Marissa Meyer and Isaac Asimov. I enjoy hiking, camping with my husband, training my Australian Shepherd-Golden Retriever puppy, home canning and baking, and stereotypically curling up with my cats and a good book. I look forward to meeting, supporting, and collaborating with my Region 7 colleagues!

Region 7 Includes:

Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Hickory, McDowell, Mitchell, Newton-Conover, Watauga, Wilkes, Yancey

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