Library Learning Commons
"The Heart of the school"
Through its collection, programs and facilities, Port Moody Secondary School Library has the dual goal:
- to promote and support literacy and the love of reading.
- to promote and support the teaching of information literacy whereby students develop skills and attitudes necessary to access, evaluate and utilize information effectively and ethically in order to become independent lifelong learners.
Mr.Birch - Teacher-Librarian
Mr. Birch, a certified Teacher-Librarian, brings a wealth of experience to the Library Learning Commons. He first joined PMSS in 2005, then moved to Moody Middle for 9 years. He rejoined PMSS in 2014 to teach English and Theory of Knowledge. Mr. Birch has a Bachelor of Arts in History from S.FU., a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Social Studies) from U.B.C., a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from S.F.U., and a Certificate in Teacher-Librarianship from UBC. Mr. Birch also holds the University of Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English Language to Adults. Mr. Birch has taught in overseas in Korea as well as in the Surrey and Delta school districts. Mr. Birch has a passion for research and language, collects typewriters, and drives a groovy old VW camper van in the summer.
Ms. Swistak - Teacher-Librarian
Ms. Swistak is a member of the library teaching staff as well as a member of the Social Studies Department. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History from U.B.C., a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Social Studies) from U.B.C., and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from the University of Oregon. Ms. Swistak has taught in the Coquitlam School District for over 25 years, and previously taught in the Burnaby and Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows school districts. She has taught students from kindergarten age to adult learners. Prior to becoming a teacher, Ms. Swistak was a radio reporter and on-air broadcaster.
Mrs. Huculak - Library Assistant
Mrs. Huculak is our library assistant, yet so much more. She spent some time as an on-call library technician throughout the district and has worked at the majority of the high schools. She holds a Library Technician Diploma from MacEwan University in Alberta. Prior to joining the school system she worked in a private sector library. She ejoys good books, music (choir and learning violin), crafts and volunteering in her community.