Announcement of New Texas Bluebonnet Award Program Coordinator
Terri Harkey, an elementary librarian and instructional technology specialist at McKinney, will be the new program coordinator for the Texas Bluebonnet Award; his term is 2023-2026.
“Being named the Texas Bluebonnet Award Coordinator is truly a dream come true for me,” said Harkey. “I had no idea where this journey would take me when I started volunteering with the TBA program eight years ago. I look forward to building on the many traditions established over the years by the giants of our profession.
Harkey is a librarian and instructional technology educator who has worked in education for over 25 years. She worked as a middle and high school orchestra director and saxophone teacher before becoming a librarian. She has a bachelor’s degree in music education from Texas Tech University, a master’s degree in library science from Texas Woman’s University, and her major certification from Lamar University.
She has served on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Committee in various capacities for the past eight years; notably as webmaster, member of the program committee, president of social media and member of the selection committee.
She has presented locally, stately and nationally on many topics including: iDevices in the Library, Makerspace Meets the Curriculum, Library Clubs, Author Visits, Student Created Content and Coding. She is co-author of the TCEA – Book Creator Badge Certificate.
Harkey is a member of TLA, TCEA and ISTE and was a finalist for TCEA Library Media Specialist of the year in 2015. She has been named campus teacher of the year multiple times and received a PTA Lifetime Membership Award for her work. . in the community.
She is an ISTE certified educator and an ambassador for many technology tools including: Book Creator, OSMO and Swivl.
Harkey lives in McKinney with her husband Alan, who is the Director of Groups at Austin College; two amazing sons, a really cool dog and a bearded dragon named Zook. She enjoys reading, gardening, playing saxophone with Texas Mosaix, and spending time at her ranch, Z Bar Family Ranch, near Big Bend National Park.
His favorite books: Wonder by RJ Palacio and The one and only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Reading: Free water by Amina Luqman-Dawson, The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill and The thirst by Varsha Bajaj