Snow Hill, MD, February 1, 2017 - Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL) is pleased to announce the 25 nominees for the 2017 Maryland School Librarian of the Year award which honors a school librarian for exemplary service and outstanding achievements in the field of school library media. The recipient of the award will be announced at the Common Ground Conference in Ocean City, Maryland (May 4-5, 2017).
To be considered for this award, nominees met the basic eligibility requirements, including being a current member of MASL, a Certified School Librarian, actively serving as a school librarian in a public, private, or independent school in Maryland that serves any students in grades PreK-12, and serving in the same role/position for three or more years.
In early February, the selection committee will name five finalists. The selection committee is comprised of representatives from MASL, Maryland State Department of Education, McDaniel College, Towson University, and University of Maryland College Park. The selection committee will evaluate the nominees based on the extent to which they exemplify the five roles (administrator, leader, information specialist, teacher, and instructional partner) of a library media specialist as set forth in AASL’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner.
The recipient of the 2017 Maryland School Librarian of the Year award will receive a $500 cash award (donated by Follett), a $150 cash award (donated by Demco), a $50 gift certificate to Pizza Tugos Restaurant in Ocean City, MD, a $50 gift certificate to Fager’s Island Restaurant in Ocean City, MD, free registration to MASL’s 2017 Conference and free registration to Common Ground 2018. The recipient will also receive a Maryland themed gift basket donated by Taylor Book Group in Bel Air, MD. Finalists will receive plaques and the recipient will receive a trophy both sponsored by Chesapeake Trophy in Lexington Park, MD.
Nominees for the 2016-2017 Maryland School Librarian of the Year:
· Ali Schilpp, Northern Middle School, Garrett County Schools
· Sandy Bixby, Edgemere Elementary School, Baltimore County Public Schools
· Francine Brooks, Green Holly Elementary School, St. Mary's County Public Schools
· Melissa Da, The Mount Washington School, Baltimore City Public Schools
· Ann Duncan, Walkersville Middle School, Frederick County Public Schools
· Brooke Grams, Forest Park High School, Baltimore City Public Schools
· Brenda Hager, Leonardtown High School, St. Mary's County Public Schools
· Jennifer Hamilton, Oakland Mills Middle School, Howard County Public Schools
· Laura Hicks, Frederick High School, Frederick County Public Schools
· Christine Hurley, Springfield Middle School, Washington County Public Schools
· Tracy Jeffcott, Somerset Elementary School, Montgomery County Public Schools
· Kimberly Johnson, South Carroll High School, Carroll County
· Cassandra Lopez, Northfield Elementary School, Howard County
· Lauren Lynn, Huntingtown Elementary School, Calvert County Public Schools
· Donna Mignardi, Calvert High School, Calvert County Public Schools
· Emily Nauman, Monocacy Elementary School, Frederick County Public Schools
· Brittany Nuse, Valley Elementary School, Frederick County Public Schools
· Amanda O'Neill, Chopticon High School, St. Mary's County, MD
· Maria O'Toole, Carroll Manor Elementary School, Frederick County Public Schools
· Mary Ann Owen, Captain Walter Francis Duke Elementary School, St. Mary's Public Schools
· Renate Owen, Oakdale High School, Frederick County Public Schools
· Jennifer Shesman, Thurmont Middle School, Frederick County Public Schools
· Elizabeth Starnes, Southern High School, Anne Arundel County Public Schools
· Marijoel Verlich, Dowell Elementary School, Calvert County Public Schools
· Heather Wysokinski, Leonardtown Middle School, St. Mary's County Public Schools
A complete list of all nominees, including their professional biographies, is available on the Maryland Association of School Librarians website. Visit http://maslmd.org/md_sloy/ for more information.
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