My name is Rhonda West. I began my education right here at Double Springs Elementary School, and I am a proud 1984 graduate of Winston County High School. In the last 31 years, I have taught in almost every grade level from K-6. I entered the library in August 2002, and it is the best job in the school. I am also an aide on bus SE-3 for the Winston County Transportation Department. I am married to Patrick West, and we have two daughters. Anna Kate teaches 7th Grade Social Science at Muscle Shoals Middle School. She lives in Florence with her husband, Jordan Campbell. Abby is a student at the University of North Alabama working toward a degree in Secondary Social Science. She works part time at the UNA Book Store. We also have our labradoodle, Max. In additon to church, work, family, and community activities, I like to read, walk, camp, play piano (only been playing for 2 1/2 years) and go riding in our side-by-side. I love my job, our school, and our town.
BS Elementary Education: University of North Alabama
MA Elementary Education: University of Alabama Birmingham
Add on Library of Science: Jacksonville State University
What Does the DSES Librarian Do?
-Encourages a love for books and reading
-Has a 35 minute scheduled time for grades kindergarten-second grade classes one day a week during which we may read, have lessons on library skills, do author studies, sing, dance, learn, talk (quietly of course), have book discussions, check-out books, etc
-Meets with third and fourth grade classes periodically to cover skills. Most classes also come in at least once a week to trade books.
-Collaborates with classroom teachers to promote learning
-Assists teachers in locating books, videos, equipment
-Manages the library collection which includes:
1) ordering new books, audio-visual materials, equipment, magazines, etc.
2) cataloging new materials to get them ready for check-out
3) repairing and maintaining books and equipment
4) weeding the collection
-Manages the DSES Web Page
-Serves as editor of the yearbook
Library Check-out Policies:
Kindergarteners are allowed to check out 1 book per week during their regular scheduled library time.
First and Second Graders are allowed to check out 1 book per week during their regular scheduled library time. Students select books according to the homeroom teacher's instructions.
Third and Fourth Graders are allowed to check out 2 books during a library time. Students select books according to the homeroom teacher's instructions.
Book Return Policies:
Students are allowed to keep a book out for 1 week from the day of check-out.
Students are responsible for the total cost of the book if the book is lost or returned damaged.
I encourage the students to always keep their library book in their backpack unless it is in their hands or desk at school.
This way it is safe from siblings, pets, accidental spills, etc., and it will always be at school on their library day which helps them avoid overdue charges and allows them to swap it for another book.