Ms. Twana Cannon (pictured on right) is the Elementary Academy (EA) media specialist at Drew Charter School's Elementary Academy. She has more than 20 years of experience as a librarian in both public and school libraries. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of South Carolina, a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Clark-Atlanta University, and a Specialist Degree in Library Media and Instructional Technology from the University of West Georgia. Ms. Cannon is also a member of numerous Professional Library organizations including the American Library Association, the American Association of School Librarians, and the Georgia Library Media Association. Ms. Cannon fosters literacy throughout the school with strong library programs such as school-wide reading incentives, author visits, Book Club, Book Buddies, Reading Bowls, Young Author contests, and Technology showcases. Novel Engineering has become one of her new methods for collaborating with teachers implementing Project-Based Learning and STEAM. Over the years as the role of the school librarian has changed, Ms. Cannon has engaged in collaborative efforts and student-centered learning to meet the needs of our 21st century learners. She works to ensure that Drew's EA media center program continues evolving with the technological changes while working to keep reading fun for all.
Ms. Tonya Walker Ricks (pictured on right) is Media Specialist for Drew Charter School's Junior/Senior Academies. She has more than 27 years of experience as a librarian in both public and school libraries. Ms. Ricks holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from Jacksonville State University, and a Specialist Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University. She is also International Baccalaureate Certified in Library Science. Ms. Ricks fosters literacy throughout the school with strong library programs such as school-wide reading incentives, Author Visits, Book Club, Book Buddies, Reading Bowls, Young Author Contest, and Poetry readings. Novel Engineering has become one of her new methods to effectively collaborate with teachers implementing Project Based Learning and STEAM. Ms. Ricks believes progressive approaches to delivering media services in ways that collaboratively meet the needs of the 21st century learner, teachers, and staff is critical for the media center to remain relevant as a hub of the school.