What They Say

I have been collecting tweets, emails, reviews, love notes, thank you notes, and blog posts regarding some of the work that I have done with organizations and within my own school. This is the collaborative "reference letter" of some of my work. By the way, my name is annoyingly hard to spell! LOL It's all good. For a while there in 5th grade I really wanted to be called Lisa.
What Say They?

"This was the first time that I have seen this speaker and she set the tone for the entire conference with her enthusiasm and humoristic account of life as a middle school librarian, working between the lines and benefiting our key stakeholder -- children!!" - PSLA Conference Evaluation - May 2018

"What was of greatest value to me was the fact that Gwyenth was not only a great presenter, but was did a great job of making her suggestions realistic to what can actually be done with an everyday classroom. Many times presenters give suggestions, but it only works for their library or in certain types of schools. The suggestions given during this session would not only work in all schools, but could easily be adapted for any type of library and/or district." PSLA Conference Evaluation - May 2018
"Gwyneth was funny and inspiring and everything she was motivating!" - PSLA Conference Evaluation - May 2018

"Gwyneth's talk really made me think hard about being more creative in my day to day work.  I am so glad to have met her and look forward to following her in her blog and on Twitter. This was an awesome Keynote!" - PSLA Conference Evaluation - May 2018

"Her speech was very motivational and was a great way to begin the conference.  It reminded me to continue thinking about what I will implement in the future, throughout the entire conference." - PSLA Conference Evaluation - May 2018

"I loved that she was able to connect with so many others in the room using her vibrant personality and professional skill." - PSLA Conference Evaluation - May 2018
"The speaker has wonderful enthusiasm, and I enjoyed her presentation style. I hope to incorporate many of her technology suggestions and overall can-do spirit!" - PSLA Conference Evaluation - May 2018

"Keynote provided many ways to engage students and incorporate technology to be effective in engaging students. I will be more prepared to advocate for tools that will assist students in the learning process."  - PSLA Conference Evaluation - May 2018

What those darn adorable kids are saying
Former Students Turned Educators: 
(Because, c'mon, like isn't that like the BEST reference EVER!?)

Now, Mrs. Natalie Pretzello is now a successful Band Director at a school down the street from MHMS! 

I was fortunate to teach this wonderful educator from 1st grade to 5th grade at Guilford Elementary School, then later she became a Technology Teacher in our school district and now she is an Administrator! #OMGoshSoProud! 

Reviews on Rate My Teacher 

(Whew! I'm really lucky the kids seem to like me! Because, this is why it's good to start your own positive digital footprint, you don't want RMT to be the only voice out there about your professional reputation) 

Notes from Kids 

(This is why it's really good to keep a digital & real folder,

*Meaning of “They say!
What say they? Let them say.”
 "What say they" comes from my long time adoration of one of the most famous Victorian social and artistic personalities. Lillie Langtry was "professional beauty", wit, actress, and yes, the mistress to the Prince Wales. As a young teen I watched every Masterpiece Theatre and Lillie was one of my favorites. (It's also the show that made me start reading Oscar Wilde at age 13!)  Lillie also had a mad sense of style and was a magnet to the artistic and literary lights of the time.

Other famous Lily quotes: 
Anyone's life truly lived consists of work, sunshine, exercise, soap, plenty of fresh air, and a happy contented spirit. 

I do not regret one moment of my life. 

Anyone who limits her vision to memories of yesterday is already dead.

From English Language & Usage: The phrase "is attributed to a carved mantelpiece or stained glass saying in her home but also dates as far back as 1700 Scotland. ""The unusual syntax may be attributed to an origin in Renaissance Scots; it appears to have been originally the motto of Marischal College in Aberdeen, founded by the Earl Marischal of Scotland George Keith in 1593. A number of internet sources cite the oldest version as THAI HAIF SAID : QUHAT SAY THAY : LAT THAME SAY. But the earliest actual citation I have found is from 1824, in one of John MacCulloch's 'letters' to Walter Scott in The Highlands and Western Isles.... There are several posts in Notes & Queries claiming classical precedents, Latin (Aiunt. Quid aiunt? Aiant.) and Greek (λέγουσιν ἄ θέγουσιν λεγέτωσαν), and Keith was said to be a fine scholar in these languages."

I use it here because I am admittedly a geek and a goofball. 

Which I have turned around to this......

PS. I also got this great idea of a "references" page from the inspiring Admin, George Couros - The Principal of Change. I met him one when I was speaking in Australia, he was pretty much made of amazing.


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