Jim DeSantis

Joined Mar 1, 2016

  • Location: Syracuse, New York
  • Organization: McKinley-Brighton Elementary School
  • Grade: K , 1st , 2nd , 3rd , 4th , 5th
  • Environment: I am a Library/Media Specialist for roughly 630 students in Pre-k to 5 Title 1 building in the city of Syracuse. My students come from very diverse backgrounds and have many different needs. I work to develop lessons that connect to the curriculum, incorporate technology and wonder, and meet the social/emotional needs of my students.
  • Biography: My experience includes:
    B.S. in Adolescent Social Studies Education
    M.S. in Literacy Education grades 5-12
    M.S. Library Information Science: School Media

    I was a substitute teacher for several years before my current position. I have seen many different educational settings, from very rural to urban and everything in between.
  • Website/Blog: mckinleybrightonlibraryresources.weebly.com

Feb 21, 2017


The computer as we know them today have changed drastically since they first became a consumer product. Wonder #292 talks about “What is The ...


Feb 21, 2017

Presidents' Day

Happy Presidents’ Day everyone! Today’s wonder of the day #1856, “Has a President Ever Served More than Two Terms” is very fitting. How is it ...


Sep 11, 2016

Be a Tour Guide

Help your students learn a little more about their community. Check out my lesson plan "Explore Your Neighborhood". Many students live their lives in ...


Aug 4, 2016

Who Makes Your Rules?

As every teacher does, my mind in August is constantly thinking about what the new year has to bring. What changes can I enact in my room (the ...


Jul 3, 2016


Summer has arrived and what are you doing for fun? Remember to get out and enjoy this nice weather, but summer is also a great time for enrichment. ...


Apr 28, 2016

Cleaning Our Community

April 22nd is Earth Day we planned a cleanup of the local area around our school. Tied with this students read about Earth Day here on Wonderopolis ...


Mar 25, 2016

Beginning to Wonder

Wonder is the heart of everything that we do in the library. We get our start with inspiring our students with imaginative tales that get their minds ...