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Tabitha Johnson

301 East 63rd Street New York, NY 10065

Twitter Handle: Tabletj


Teaching Partner: Akio Iida

Who I Am
I am a teacher librarian, curriculum developer, reader, technology and curriculum integrator. My love of people, reading and technology work together in these roles to produce authentic, innovative learning experiences in both classroom and library spaces. I love traveling and new experiences including finding new foods to taste and new audiences to share baking and books with.

What I Do As a Teacher Librarian
My two main goals as an Elementary Librarian are to create readers and information seekers. Using Understanding By Design as a framework for curriculum planning allows me to address both of these goals. In addition, creating a welcoming and warm environment in the library is essential. Through working not only with students, but families and teachers as well, the library becomes a center for engagement and learning.

Where I’ve Worked
The School at Columbia University, July 2008 – Present
Teacher Librarian for Kindergarten through Grade Four

  • Led schoolwide iPad initiative
  • Designed an integrated, concept-based curriculum for grades K-4 using UbD
  • Implemented system for loaning ereading devices including Kindles and iPods
  • Created a Multi-Division Picture Book Analysis and Award
  • Collaborated with teachers to co-teach and support units of inquiry
  • Taught Kindergarten cooking and baking as an afterschool class
  • Facilitated events in the library for parents and students

Ogilvy and Mather Advertising Agency, August 2007 – May 2008
Library Assistant

  • Assisted with research and development
  • administrative tasks in a corporate library setting

PS 189 Brooklyn, September 2006 – June 2008
Grade One Teacher

  • Taught two diverse groups of five-to-six year olds in a high poverty neighborhood
  • Trained in and used both the Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop models to teach literacy

Teacher’s College Columbia University, September 2006 – present
Candidate for Master’s Degree in Teaching and Literacy

Long Island University, C. W. Post School , September 2007 – August 2008
Masters in Library and Information Sciences
Certification in School Librarianship, K-12

University of Georgia, August 2000 – May 2005
Bachelor of Science in Education
Certification of Elementary Teaching Grades K-6

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association of School Librarians-AASL
  • American Library Association-ALA
  • Association for Curriculum and Development-ASCD
  • International Society for Technology in Education-ISTE
  • International Association of School Librarians-IASL


  • EdCampNYC, October 2010
  • Teach21, June 2011
  • Internet Librarian, October 2011
  • New York City Public School Fall Conference 2011
  • New York Public Library Inservice, April 2012
  • Teach21, June 2012
  • ALA, Annual Conference 2012

Technology Skills
Apple and PC Literate, Avid Ereader and Tablet user, Google Apps for Education and a variety of Web 2.0 tools

Don Buckley, Director of Innovation at The School at Columbia University
Kathryn Kaiser, Primary Division Head at The School at Columbia University
Kevin Fittinghoff, Intermediate Division Head at The School at Columbia University


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