Aviation Institute of Maintenance


The Page Master: AIM’s Spotlight on Librarians

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017

By Jul DeGeus

Imagine this: Your final paper on ”The History of Cleaning and Corrosion Control” is due tomorrow but you forgot to cite the book you used, and even worse, you forgot the name of the book. You make an emergency trip to the library, but when you walk in, no one is there. A building abandoned, books are scattered everywhere, piled atop of one another with no rhyme or reason in how they are categorized. Will you find the book in enough time to turn in your paper?

Thanks to the hard work and organization skills of librarians, this is an unlikely situation to find yourself in. April 4th is National School Librarian Day and here at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance, we wanted to take the time to recognize some of our all-star librarians:


AIM Atlanta


Rebecca (left) assists a student with homework.

Rebecca Crosby

“Rebecca Crosby has been working for AIM Atlanta for nearly 14 years. She is a superstar on campus and we are proud to have her as our librarian. Rebecca became interested in Library Science as a high school student. She took five years of Library Science courses while attending Berkmar High School in Lilburn, GA.

Rebecca began her career at AIM as a receptionist. The campus was based out of a hangar called “Briscoe Field” and had no library. When AIM Atlanta moved into its new campus building nine years ago, Rebecca made the leap to Campus Librarian. Rebecca loves working in the library because she is able to help students and connect with them on a daily basis. Like almost every other librarian, she also loves to read! Rebecca’s favorite book, for now, is “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks. “

-AIM Atlanta Staff

AIM Chesapeake


Leah Veal

“Shout out to the amazing Mrs. Leah Veal, our Librarian and PSI proctor. No matter the task or project, she is always willing to assist wherever she is needed. Even if that means hunting down a missing manual; she will look for it and she will find it. Both students and staff appreciate you and your enthusiasm when helping others. Thank you, Leah, for everything that you do!”

-AIM Chesapeake Staff

AIM Dallas


Valerie Harris

“Valerie Harris has worked at AIM Dallas as the campus librarian since 2015. Prior to that, she worked in education for over 25 years. She graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor’s Degree in Library and Information Science and minored in History. Valerie has improved our library processes and coordination. She is always willing to provide a helping hand to students searching for specific information or material. Thank you for always making sure the library remains a quiet haven for our students to study. “

-AIM Dallas Staff

AIM Houston


Lucero Rosales

“Lucero ‘Lucy the Librarian’ Rosales began her career at AIM Houston as a part time receptionist and was promoted to Assistant Librarian shorty after. Lucy is very creative and always willing to help any student or staff member. She currently attends Houston Community College where she is studying pastry arts and plans to open a bistro after college. We’re so proud of all of your hard work, Lucy!”

-AIM Houston Staff

AIM Kansas City


Frederick Douglas Thomas

Aptly named after the famous Frederick Douglass, AIM Kansas City’s Frederick Douglas Thomas is treasure to our school.  A man of many titles, Fredrick is the Librarian, Career Services Coordinator, director of FAA test proctoring, and head of the graduation committee. He is a constant rock of support for his students and colleagues, encouraging excellence, honor, integrity and humility. He challenges everyone he interacts with to become their best selves and does it all while looking like a million bucks! Thank you for all that you do!”

-AIM Kansas City Staff

AIM Oakland


Karoline Correa

“Karoline received her BA in History from the University of Central Florida and her Masters in Library Science from San Jose State. Karoline became a librarian because, ‘I have a deep love for history and books; this is a career that allows me to fulfill that passion and share it with others.’ We’re lucky that our library is the one you get to share your passion with!”

-AIM Oakland Staff

AIM Orlando


Noreen Bhual

“Noreen started at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Orlando on January 26, 2015 and plays a dual role.  She is the testing proctor in the afternoons and the Evening Library Assistant, accommodating students with their Learning Resource Center needs.  Noreen comes from New York, likes to keep busy and ‘loves to help people.’”

Ruth Brathwaite

“Ruth is the Daytime Library Assistant at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Orlando. She started at the campus on May 12, 2016 and ‘loves working with our students.’   Originally from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Ruth enjoys cooking and singing gospel music in her spare time. “

-AIM Orlando Staff

No Limits: AIM’s Women in Aviation

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017

By Diana Hammond & Jul DeGeus

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. It’s a month to celebrate things like pi and pies, your Irish heritage, or, at the very least, honorary Irish heritage and corndogs. Yes, National Corndog Day is a real thing and it occurs March 19th. We even “celebrate” spring by losing an hour of sleep for daylight savings.

At the Aviation Institute of Maintenance, our favorite thing to celebrate in March is Women of Aviation Week, March 6th- 12th. In honor of the fine women who made strides in a predominantly male field, we sat down with two of our female instructors, Molly Dixon and Heidi Maddock, to find out what motivated them to become a woman of aviation and what advice they have for females interested in entering that field:

What led you to want to study and work in aviation?

MD: I was tired of my first career field as a chemist. I have always liked working on mechanical projects, so I knew that I wanted to do maintenance. There was an aviation maintenance school in the area that I was living in. I decided to enroll so that I could acquire the education I would need to get my A & P license.

HM: I was always mechanically inclined and loved aviation. When I was young, I developed a love for traveling on airplanes and the history of aviation.

What advice would you give to a woman who is interested in the field of aviation?

MD: Start your career as early as possible because there is so much to learn! This applies to whatever field you decide to go into, whether it’s aviation maintenance or becoming a pilot.

HM: Put on a tough exterior and hang in there. Opportunities for women are great. It may be tough working in a male-dominated field, but I have seen first-hand it is worth it.

Was there someone in particular who made a difference in your journey that you want to thank?

MD: Yes, I had an instructor named Mr. John McCarthy. He was very supportive of me while attending aviation maintenance school. He didn’t care that I was a woman and was supportive of me during my entire education when not all of the instructors were.

HM: Two- First is my Aunt who encouraged me to go to aviation maintenance school. When I had doubts, she reassured me and even paid my registration fee to ensure I could go. Second is my sheet metal instructor who worked on a Coast Guard Base and helped me get a job as a sheet metal technician. It was my first aviation job and I gained a lot of experience and valuable training.

What’s the most fascinating thing about aviation maintenance to you?

MD: I get to do something different every single day that I work. I continue to learn new things every day as well. Teaching aviation maintenance gives me the opportunity to review subject areas that I don’t always get to use.

HM: Every day is different. As an A&P, you don’t typically have the same routine day to day. Aviation is exciting; I’ve experienced things I never thought I would. It has also allowed me to travel and see different places. I believe the field has a lot to offer and I’ve always been really happy to be a part of it.

Molly and Heidi are prime examples that with hard work, dedication and patience, you can become whatever you put your mind to. So here’s to you, ladies in aviation; thank you for persisting and teaching others to believe in themselves. If you are interested in becoming a woman or man of aviation, click here to get more information about AIM’s program offerings.

Palmer, A. T., photographer. (1942) Woman working on an airplane motor at North American Aviation, Inc., plant in Calif. California Inglewood, 1942. June. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/fsa1992001164/PP/.