Amanda Braziel & Pat Ingram

Librarians, Blackshear Elementary

  • Job shared 1 year as a way for Amanda to return from maternity leave and have time with her infant his first year. Although both needed job sharing in the short-term, it gave the duo an unexpected gift, a relationship they describe as “intimate”.
  • Pat taught Amanda about binding books and bringing the physical space of the library alive, and Amanda taught Pat her secrets to inspire younger readers. Together they brainstormed book ordering best practices and creative ways to earn revenue for the library.
  • Amanda, “Job sharing is like built-in professional development. You learn from your job share partner in a way that you cannot learn from a classroom or from reading a book.”