Tina Van Winkle
Tina Van Winkle joined Meridian in 2020 as the Secondary Librarian. She grew up in Austin and began working in professional theatre here during her teenage years, collaborating on over 50 productions since 2001 (as a stage manager, director, writer, and performer) and working in arts administration and fundraising as a company member of the Rude Mechs Theatre Collective. She holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts with concentrations in theatre, history, and literature from Sarah Lawrence College and studied in London at BADA’s Shakespeare Programme. Tina earned her Master’s of Library and Information Science from Simmons University in 2020 and worked in archival and public library settings during her degree program. As a librarian and instructor, Tina is committed to preparing students with the information, media and digital literacy skills they need to perform rigorous research and expansive inquiry. She is interested in how issues of diversity, justice, equity and inclusion affect information behaviors and believes that the school library can play a vital role in transforming communities through access, education and partnership. Tina has two sons, and together they love to create puppet shows, read and tell stories, craft science experiments to answer our questions about the world, and explore Central Texas parks, trails, and bodies of water. In 2013 Tina completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training, studying Hatha yoga, connecting her interests in restorative and meditative practices and embodied systems of knowledge. Her interests and hobbies include cooking and baking vegan foods, reading, embroidery, vocal performance and falling down Internet rabbit holes to learn new things.