Dedra Van Gelder
Content Specialist for Library Media, La Plata, MD
Dedra Van Gelder is the Content Specialist for Library Media at Charles County Public Schools located in La Plata, MD. Prior to this position, Dedra served as a middle school librarian and a 7th Grade Language Arts teacher. She attended McDaniel College earning a Masters degree in School Library Media (2007) and adding the Administrators I endorsement to her certification (2015). She earned her undergraduate degree in English/Secondary Education from SUNY Geneseo in 1998.
Ms. Van Gelder is an active member of several professional organizations including Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL), Alpha Delta Kappa, American Library Association, and American Association of School Librarians. In MASL, Dedra is the chair of the grades 6 to 9 Maryland Black-eyed Susan Book Award Committee. She is the historian and immediate past president of the Maryland Alpha Beta chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa and the music co-chairman for the state. Alpha Delta Kappa is an international honorary organization of women educators dedicated to educational excellence, altruism and world understanding. Two professional recognitions Dedra really takes pride in are being selected to participate in both the inaugural group of Lilead Fellows (2015-2016) and the 2010 Maryland Library Leadership Institute.
Dedra has made positioning school librarians as leaders within their buildings a priority. She is also passionate about helping librarians to develop collections rich with quality diverse and multicultural offerings.