Mary Herrera


Professional Experience

2008- Present      Teacher for Plano ISD

Responsibilities include:

  • reference interview in the library with students to ascertain what they are looking for in a book or to help them widen their literary repertoire. (weekly for 15+ years)
  • create and adapt lessons, assignments, and assessments to meet the varying needs of each student.
  • analyze data to identify target students and to create effective interventions.
  • communicate with parents frequently through weekly class update emails in addition to phone calls as needed.
  • Incorporate technology that creates a more authentic learning experience for students, such as Google Classroom, Google Docs, using YouTube for learning, Flipgrid, Padlet, various bibliography sites, databases like Ebsco for research, and more.
  • created resource videos for students who need further instruction in challenging areas like grammar and created technology how-to videos using Screencast-O-Matic and Screencastify.
  • Collaborate with my teams to constantly improve student learning and teaching effectiveness.

2004- 2008           Teacher Aide for Plano ISD


2017- Present      

University of North Texas School of Information Science Masters in Library Science- School Librarianship


Collin College
American Literature, World Literature I & II, British Literature, and Creative Writing


Johnson and Wales University BAS Food Service Entrepreneurship
Magna Cum Laude


Johnson and Wales University AAS Pastry Arts
Magna Cum Laude


  • English 4-8
  • English as a Second or other Language Certification EC-12
  • Generalist 4-8 Certification
  • Special Education K-12 Certification

Clubs and Groups Sponsored

2017- Present
UNT Future School Librarians Facebook Group– I began the group because I had formed friendships in classes that I wished to maintain. Each semester more and more classmates join. Those in the group help each other with tips and advice.

2011- Present
Creative Writing Club– Otto Middle School
This club is for students who wish to be writers when they graduate. I teach them skills needed for writing novels such as outlining, character development, plot development, and how the publishing industry works. If formed the club 6 years ago and membership has grown to about 20 members in 6-8th grade.



I keep a blog, reviewing books and giving writing under the pen name Kathryn Fletcher on

I maintain this website, that documents my journey through my MLIS adventure. After I graduate, I hope to continue this website to document my librarianship journey.

I have been an Otto Middle School Poetry Slam Judge for our for the last 3 years and I’m about to do my fourth year as a judge at the end of April 2018.


I co-authored and was awarded a grant for $1000 to purchase books for the 6th grade English teacher’s classroom libraries.

I was nominated for the superintendant’s award by my peers.


Texas Library Association

American Library Association



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