Featured Educator: Jessica Lemmo
Infusing technology into the media center
"Jessica is an amazing educator and with her CS and library background she is a great model of how to infuse technology and computational thinking into the library setting."
- Brooke Grams,
Education Specialist for Media Services
Baltimore, Md. -- The Maryland Society for Educational Technology (MSET) is proud to announce its November 2022 Digital Learning Showcase Recipient Jessica Lemmo, a library media specialist and instructional technology coach at Windsor Hills Elementary & Middle School in Baltimore City Public Schools.
Lemmo and Windsor Hills Elementary & Middle are synonymous with one another as both are composed of high quality instruction, pedagogy, and a passion for student learning. Lemmo’s willingness to reach beyond the traditional work day to learn new tools and skills to support innovation has allowed her to stand out among her colleagues as she has become the resident “EdTech expert” to her students and colleagues.
“At Windsor Mills, Jessica uses innovative practices in her library,” Brooke Grams, coordinator of media services and instructional technology, explained as Lemmo is charged with facilitating the schools’ library as well as teaching its computer science classes. “Jessica does a wonderful job of staying organized and using social media to communicate what is going on in the library.”
Lemmo teaches grades PreK-8 and prides herself on making her classes utilize digital tools and rarely utilizes paper in the classroom. Her focus on learning new tools to support her instruction has allowed her to explore many platforms and use a variety of tools.
“I don’t look at my position as library alone; I refer to myself as Library Media because I don’t just use the American Library Association (ASA) standards but really focus on the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) standards too,” Lemmo articulated. “I do my best to focus on teaching skills for the world students are living in.”
At the district level, Lemmo wears multiple hats and is willing to serve in multiple capacities to support Baltimore City Schools. She recently was a keynote facilitator at Baltimore City's Blended Learning Institute over the summer. Additionally, she has facilitated many professional development sessions for Librarians, computer science teachers and for all teachers in the district including a Virtual Field Trip Session. She was also a featured speaker at the recent Common Ground Conference this past month.
In her 20th year of teaching, Lemmo refuses to slow down as technology continues to change the direction of education and the ways she can impact students. It’s common to have her students still utilizing blended learning models in her library and computer science classes. Plus, she often uses digital choice boards to provide differentiation and shares big ideas, like her big dance party lesson, to her library and computer science professional learning community.
“Jessica is an amazing educator and with her CS and library background she is a great model of how to infuse technology and computational thinking into the library setting,” Grams indicated as she often sings Lemmo’s praise as a model educator.
About Digital Learning Showcase
MSET is taking the opportunity to highlight best practices in classroom teaching, leading, and learning with educational technology from around the state of Maryland. The goal is to spotlight innovations of members and nonmembers throughout different public and private school settings. Each month teachers, school leaders, and community members are asked to nominate individuals who support innovation and educational technology in a school setting.
MSET is non-profit organization with the purpose of promoting the improvement of the teaching-learning process through effective technology integration into all curricular areas as well as fostering and promoting excellence technology in education. MSET is an affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), a leading international network for technology professionals.