Life as a Librarian
Greetings! My name is Matt Smidt. I grew up on a farm south of Kearney, and went to Axtell Community School. After graduating in 1995, I went on to receive my undergraduate degree in elementary education with an emphasis in early childhood from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. At UNK I was a member of the track team, lettering during the two years I participated. Fall 1999 brought me to Lincoln where I did my student teaching at Eagle elementary school, working in the kindergarten and third grade.
Since graduation, I have worked as a Family Educator with the Head Start Program through Lincoln Public Schools located at Southeast Community College and as a para-educator at Palmyra High School in the library with Mrs. Petersen assisting with the technology under Mr. Brown. During my time at Palmyra, I continued my schooling receiving a middle school endorsement to teach grades 4-9 in English and Social Studies in the summer of 2005 through the University of Nebraska Lincoln and a Master’s degree in Library Sciences from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in the summer of 2009. After saying goodbye to my mentor, Mrs. Petersen, in 2007, I had the privilege to become the district’s Library Media Specialist. This has given me the amazing opportunity to work with students of all ages. During my nine years at District OR-1, I have had the opportunity to assist in the following:
*Coached junior high football three years
*Coached junior high track seven years
*Sponsored the Fellowship of Christian Athletes program since 2004
*Managed junior high book club since 2007
*Sponsored high school quiz bowl for three years
*Sponsored junior high quiz bowl for the first time this year.
My wife, Dori, works at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln as their Facilities Management & Planning Business Operations Manager. We have a very spirited little girl, Daisa, who will be three in March and another on the way in mid-April. I spend my summers preparing for the next school year at both libraries and learning every day from my daughter. We are actively involved in our church and are youth group sponsors. We have been on mission trips to Missouri, Michigan, Nebraska, Colorado, and most recently New Mexico. In my free time, I like to read, research topics to inform students, keep up with current issues in the library science world, and social networking.