Please join us in wishing Joan Gilmour the very best during her retirement! Joan has worked at BFA since 2013. She is best known for her role as a dedicated librarian who shared her love of books with students, made authors accessible to our kids and ensured our library was equipped with the latest book releases, tools and resources.
During her tenure at BFA, Joan spent countless hours reading and researching books that would benefit students at BFA. She kept up to date with new releases and sequels so that BFA would be among the first to have them available for students. In addition, she developed weekly lesson plans that correlated with what was being taught inside the classroom, so the kids were able to expand upon their classroom knowledge when they visited the library.
Joan recommended and supported BFA’s participation in the Douglas County Library’s Battle of the Books program to engage students with passion for reading a love of competition. Her energy and marketing skills helped BFA become one of the top Scholastic book fairs in the county, resulting in funds for library purchases throughout the year.
Joan established contacts with bookstores, libraries, and companies who team with BFA to provide literature and books to students. Through these contacts, she’s arranged for multiple authors to visit BFA so kids can learn what its like to be a writer/illustrator
Joan has spent the last trimester training Abbie Chambers, our new librarian. Thank you Joan for all your hard work, and for making our students, staff and parent volunteers feel important and appreciated.
We hope you enjoy retirement!