Staff Biography

Mrs. Gaefke’s library clerk position has been eliminated for 2022-23 school year. Please be aware that this means that library staffing hours are being reduced from 80 hours/week to 40/hours a week, resulting in major service impacts. Ms. McNerney appreciates your patience and understanding with the reduction. If cutting library services seems like a terrible idea feel free to contact our superintendent, Dr. Yeager:

Ms. McNerney (AKA Ms. Mac) loves her job. She’s devoted to helping readers discover and develop their own reading passions. She likes to laugh at herself and at books, and she’s been known to shed a few tears over books as well. She doesn’t apologize about that because she believes reading should make you feel things. She wants you to feel things too. She believes passionately in equality, access for all, and that libraries are one of the great American institutions that helps put all people on an equal playing field. She also likes popcorn, FYI.

Ms. McNerney’s first love is her family, including her three dogs and a dog-like cat. Luckily she’s got a big heart– other loves include her students, countless fictional characters (especially in romance novels) and people who embrace copious exclamation mark use!! Her professional journey includes teaching at the elementary, middle, high school and college level– but her dream job is working as a school librarian. Career highlights also include serving on many American Library Association book award committees including the Michael L. Printz award, the William C. Morris award, Best Fiction for Young Adults, and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. She also spent several years writing YA book reviews for Kirkus (another professional dream come true).