Mrs. Trachy Miller

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B.A., English, Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL Teacher Certification: Elementary Grades 1-6, English Grades 4-8 M.Ed., Library Media, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL

Mrs. Trachy Miller

Since 1997, I have been blessed to serve the Perdido School community as school librarian.  Prior to my service at Perdido School, I have worked in five different counties in south Alabama, in both public and private settings, as a classroom teacher in grades one through eight. I believe God has prepared me "just right" for my current role!  
 
Over these years in service to Perdido School, there have been many changes. I have been involved with updating the circulation system from a manual paper card file sign in/out process to a fully automated one, including an “online patron access catalogue” (OPAC) that allows remote access to our collection from anywhere at anytime.  Our Accelerated Reader (AR) programming has advanced from two stand alone computers (with students waiting in line!) to students never having to wait to quiz, with the advent of NEO 2 laptops as well as iPads and student laptops all available to access our online AR Enterprise subscription from Renaissance Learning. Students now have every possible opportunity to earn their semester AR goals to be included in the fall “Holiday Happening” and spring “Spring Fling” school wide reading motivational events. Students use both print and digital resources for research projects, with specific training in using the databases on the Alabama Virtual Library (AVL) during library instructional time. The AVL gives all our students access to online encyclopedias, dictionaries, magazines, eBook selections and so much more.  The AVL is available at school, at home, and through our Alabama public librarires to all the citizens of Alabama. 

In addition to our AR reading programming, we offer upper elementary and middle school students the opportunity to participate in “Battle of the Books”, an annual academic competitive team for students in the North Baldwin area.  The Scripps National Spelling Bee and the National Geographic Society GEO Bee are also two other academic competitive events sponsored through our Perdido School library each year. We even have a “Geography Club” that meets regularly in the library to prepare our students for the GEO Bee and to foster a year-round interest in the study of geography.

Professionally, I have been an active member of the Alabama School Library Association (ASLA, formerly A.I.M.A.) since 1998, serving as 2014-2015 President of the District VIII region, as well as of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International of Key Women Educators, Gamma Omega Chapter, since my induction in 2004, currently serving as my local chapter's President. I have been recognized by our state level professional group (formerly L.A.M.P., Library and Media Professionals, now known as EXPO) with an “Award of Exceptional Service” in 2002 and have served on Alabama State Department of Education teams, including representing Baldwin County on the committee to write Alabama’s School Library Media Handbook for the 21st Century Learner (2008). Most recently, I completed the inaugural class of Baldwin County’s Digital Renaissance Leadership Academy (2013).  

Personally, my husband of over thirty-nine years (by God’s grace!) and I have raised three sons to adulthood, and we are the grandparents of five grandchildren. Our oldest son and three of our grandchildren are waiting for us in Heaven.  I am active in my church (choir member, Sunday School teacher, women’s ministries) as well as in other community groups. I believe life is worth living all the time because God is good all the time – no matter what.