Mrs. Lofton, Your Teacher-Librarian
My name is Jane Lofton. I am a Southern California native, but have studied and lived in Northern California; Toronto, Canada; Edinburgh, Scotland; and Plano, Texas. My husband and I now live in San Pedro. Our daughter Elaine is about to graduate from UCLA. We also have a dog named Arlo.I graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in English. After that I completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in English Language Studies at the University of Edinburgh. I then earned an M.A. in English and an M.L.S. in Library Science at the University of Toronto. I am credentialed in English/Language Arts and in Teacher Librarian Services. I began my career as a librarian in a reference library, then worked for a number of years as a technical writer in the software industry. Before coming to Mira Costa, I served as the teacher librarian at Lindero Canyon Middle School in Agoura Hills, CA, and loved sharing my passion for reading, information literacy, and technology with students, parents, and other teachers. During the 2009-2010 school year, I taught 7th grade English/Language Arts and a 6th grade Computer Exploratory elective at Lindero. I joined the Mira Costa staff as your Teacher Librarian in August 2010.I am passionate about school libraries, their ability to change lives, and the role that strong school libraries play in student achievement. I love reading, research, technology – especially Web 2.0 tools, and working with students, teachers, and parents. I am also an active member of California School Library Association (CSLA). I have served as Southern Section President and as Annual Conference Chair, and am the newly-elected State President Elect. I am also a member of the American Library Association and of its Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Division and its American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Division; and of International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and Computer Using Educators (CUE). I am a frequent presenter at CSLA, CUE, and other conferences. I am very honored to have the opportunity to serve as Mira Costa’s Teacher Librarian, and to work with the entire student and staff encouraging reading, collaborating with teachers, and teaching research, information literacy, and technology skills.Contact me by coming by the library, by email, or phone at 310-318-7337 x5048.