Shelly Buchanan

This image is a portrait of Shelly Buchanan in her backyard.Shelly Buchanan's graduate research is focused on student-directed inquiry, motivation, and 21st century learning. She completed her Masters in Educational Media in 2012, and currently works as a middle school Teacher Librarian, Instructional Coach, and freelance writer. Shelly supports kids and teachers in finding relevance and worth in their work together through both independent and guided inquiry across the disciplines. Previous to her interest in school libraries and librarianship, she taught middle and high school English.

Dissertation Title: The Impact of Student-Driven, Independent Inquiry on Academic Motivation

San José Supervisor: Dr. Mary Ann Harlan


  • Bachelor of Arts, English, University of California, Berkeley
  • English Teaching Credential, Bay Area Writing Project, University of California, Berkeley
  • Masters of Science, Educational Media, Portland State University

Current Position:

  • Teacher Librarian and Instructional Coach at Rosemont Ridge Middle School in West Linn, Oregon, and freelance writer