Meet Calypso Gilstrap, School Librarian


What’s your first and last name?

  • Calypso Gilstrap

What do you teach / what is your ‘title’ at school?

  • School Librarian

How are you involved in education?

  • School Librarian, Oklahoma School Librarian chair, former English/Speech/Drama/Debate teacher, NBCT, ToY district finalist

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

  • Autonomy with students; Planned Chaos. I want to see student art on the walls and bins of basketballs rolling down the hall. I want to taste cookies which are being sold to raise money for homeless students. I want to hear high fives and the school fight song sung at the top of our lungs. I want students wearing orange and black from head to toe; then a suit on their way to a debate tournament. There should be no bells because we respect time enough to send students to the next subject. Collaboration and partnership are not an event; they are part of our culture. We make a difference in our community because we plan our lesson around impacting the culture outside of our campus. And of course at the middle of it all would be one kick a$! library.

If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

  • GoogleApps
  • Building authentic lessons
  • Using your school library
  • Flipping your classroom

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