My name is Angela F. Archuleta. I am currently the audiovisual librarian for Flathead High School. I co- instruct Digital Multimedia and Broadcast Class using Google Classroom as the primary platform of instruction. In that class, we teach students how to use Adobe Creative Cloud products such as Premier Pro and After Effects. We also use I-Movie. Garage Band and Photoshop. In addition, I have the opportunity to teach students on a wide of range of topics to include book talks, research, website evaluation, databases and how to avoid plagiarism. I also manage our Apple Computer Lab, our DVD and Audiobook collection and execute our AV budget. I am excited about spending time and serving the students and staff of Flathead High School, a school rich in tradition.
Speaking of service, I would like to share a little of my background. I retired as a lieutenant colonel in the Montana Army National Guard with over twenty-nine years of service. The path I took to become a librarian is a story in itself. I earned a Master of Arts Degree in History from the University of Montana in 1998. I was working as a commissioned shoe specialist at J.C. Penney for seven years. In 2004, I decided to return to school to earn my secondary teaching certificate using the Troops to Teacher’s Program. I took a break from earning that certificate in 2005 to deploy to Iraq where I was the Human Resource and Equal Opportunity Program Manager for the 42nd Infantry Division. I served at FOB Danger located in Tikrit, Iraq. After my deployment, I returned to school and J. C. Penney. In June of 2007, I earned my Secondary Teaching License with a History and a Comprehensive Social Studies endorsement allowing me to teach history, government, geography, and psychology. After applying for only two teaching positions, I began an active duty tour in Helena, Montana serving as the Operations Officer, Executive Officer, and Commander of the Pre-Mobilization Training Assistance Element (PTAE) that documented training to prepare Soldiers for war. I also coordinated through the Defense Language Institute a program to teach Soldiers so they could learn to speak Dari and Pashto at least a conversational level. During this same period, I earned my graduate level librarian endorsement through Montana State University.
I followed that my PTAE tour with a tour to Washington, D.C. as a Subject Matter Expert for an Armed Forces Generation Study for the Department of Army Inspector General (DAIG), travelling all over the United States, Germany and Qatar to interview Soldiers from all walks of life.
Exposure to different parts of the world not only makes me appreciate the United States but also reminds me that as a lifelong-learner I have opportunities that I never imagined. I want to share that vision with our youth. That vision assisted me in finding opportunities to travel to 39 of 50 states and to travel to following countries- Barcelona, Spain, Canada, Doha, Qatar, Ireland, Iraq, Kuwait City, Kuwait, Rome, Italy, Germany and Mexico. On the personal side, I love to hike, fish, hunt, read and travel. I hope I have the honor to currently serve the students of Flathead High School as I have served our country.