Hello, my name is Krystal Gagen-Spriggs and I am a/an…

This blog was initially started to use as a tool to teach my high school students about blogging. Since its creation in 2016, a lot has happened, and so this site has gone through some significant changes.

On January 15th 2017, my husband and I opened a gym together. It is called VALHALLA Strength – South Brisbane and it has changed my world. Since opening I have learned a lot about myself, my husband, our members, and small business owner life. I have decided to combine my two worlds into one.

In November of 2018, I enrolled in a Master of Education, Educational Research with the view to progress into a PhD with Charles Sturt University. I have since started my PhD with CSU. My current research question is:

What factors affect the teacher librarian’s influence on reading cultures in schools?

In December of 2021, I started my new role with Charles Sturt University as Lecturer in Teacher Librarianship. I am thrilled to be able to combine my love of research with my love of education and streamline my worlds. I now work from home, lecturer online, and get to rub shoulders (virtually) with some of Australia’s best academics in the School of Information and Communication Studies at CSU.

I have incorporated my research into this blog, alongside my every day teacher librarian, lecturer, and gym owner thoughts. You can find details about my presentations and publications on this site too, as well as an overview of my academic history.

Disclaimer: All views and opinions expressed are my own and all images used are either owned by myself, used with permission, or are Public Domain.

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