Grand View Alumna Named Fellow of the New Leader Council

June 2, 2017

Congratulations to Grand View English alumna, Kyrstin Shelley (2013), on becoming a 2017 fellow of the New Leader Council. Kyrstin is a Teacher-Librarian with Ankeny Community Schools at Northview Middle School.

Kyrstin Shelley has spent nearly her entire life in schools as either student or teacher, firmly believing in the power of education and the strength of public schools. She currently is a middle school teacher-librarian. A teacher-librarian is a teacher first, and Kyrstin helps all teachers, regardless of content, instruct students in information literacy and twenty-first century skills. She supports research and assists teachers by curating resources necessary for learning. Additionally, she manages the library collection and helps administer technology, serving as a member of the district’s Tech Cadre, a team dedicated to technology integration in the classroom. She also is a member of her building’s Instructional Leadership Team, a group serving to shape the building’s vision and goals, communicating those to staff members, and engaging in research and study to help staff best meet that vision and goals.

Kyrstin, a graduate student at the University of Iowa, will finish her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science in August. She is a member of her district’s chapter of the American Education Association and has previously served as the chair for governmental affairs and political action in West Delaware School District. Kyrstin belongs to the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the American Library Association (ALA), as well as their state chapters (ILA and IASL). She is a member of the Des Moines Young Professionals Connection (YPC) and the Des Moines chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). She has also been involved in judging 4-H projects at the Story County Fair for the past several years. She is a 4-H alumni of Clinton County.

A graduate of Maquoketa High School and Grand View University, Kyrstin currently lives in Des Moines with her husband. She enjoys tackling her never-ending to-be-read pile, binging whole seasons of television shows, karaoke, and exploring local spots on the weekends.

New Leaders Council is the leading training program for progressive Millennials. NLC equips our leaders with the skills to run for office, manage campaigns, create start ups and networks of thought leaders.  NLC leaders take their activism back into their communities and workplaces to impact progressive change.