Congratulations to Meagan Chopek on receiving a Prime Minister's Certificate for Acheivment in Teaching (Manitoba). As the teacher-librarian at École Sage Creek School, Meg Chopek is re-imagining school library culture with a fresh approach to learning and literacy, emphasizing collaborative partnerships and deeper learning experiences that nurture curiosity, inquiry, discovery and creativity.
An inquiry-based learning specialist with the LRSD EdTech Mentorship Program, Meg embraces digital technology tools to help students develop new knowledge and understanding. Recognized as a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert, Microsoft Certified Educator, and Skype Master Teacher, Meg brings teaching and learning alive by making meaningful connections for students beyond the classroom. Whether using Skype to connect students with reading partners around the world for the Global Read Aloud, or introducing the Canadian fur trade to middle years students by interviewing historians at the Canadian Canoe Museum in Ontario, Meg is maximizing the potential of the virtual field trip where the possibilities for engaging with primary sources are richer and the learning authentic.
Meg champions the critical role that school libraries play in the education of a democratic society and developing global citizens. She understands how literature and access to information can inspire new ideas and prime critical thinking skills that allow young minds to grapple with real-world issues and challenges. Meg fosters reading communities within the school such as the MYRCA (Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Awards) book club for middle years readers.
Meg models a learning lifestyle and she is always willing to share her practice and experience with others through collaboration and instructional partnerships; integrating technology; curating an active presence on Twitter; and offering an inspiring keynote on engagement versus enlightenment at the IT Happens Conference. Teacher-librarians like Meg Chopek are on the frontlines supporting the instruction of information literacy – building background knowledge, frontloading essential questions, and synthesizing information – these are skills for life that will hold today's and tomorrow's learners in good stead, regardless of what new challenges the future may bring.