Over the past two years, Earnestine Sweeting has been everywhere.
Everywhere, that is, that the Library of Congress was working with teachers. You might have met her in the Library’s booth at a conference. You might have had the good fortune to participate in professional development that she facilitated. You might have used a teaching idea you discovered in one of her blog posts. You might have shared a joke with her at the National Book Festival.
As the 2011-2013 Library of Congress Teacher in Residence, Earnestine has been a vital and active part of the Library’s programs for teachers, both in public and behind the scenes. Since she came to the Library from P.S. 153, in the Bronx, N.Y, those of us in the Library who work with teachers have come to depend on her insights into teacher needs, her innovative ideas, her energy and good humor, and her passionate commitment to students.
As Earnestine ends her term and returns to New York, we hope you’ll join us in wishing her luck and thanking her for all that she’s done.
If you’re like us, you’re also thinking back over some of your favorite Earnestine Sweeting blog posts. You can find all of her posts here. But I’d also like to pick out one of my favorites: From Flight to Discovery with Alexander Graham Bell’s Papers.
This is a post that sums up a lot of things about Earnestine: It’s grounded in her classroom experience. It makes connections across the curriculum. It’s student-centered, challenging, and fun. It’s full of surprises. And, of course, it’s about soaring upward.