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Meet your 2012 Media Coordinator of the Year Honorees

Each year NCSLMA receives many wonderful and deserving nominations for Media Coordinator of the Year, so this year the board decided to recognize four regional finalists from among the many outstanding candidates. Take a few minutes to get to know this year’s regional finalists and learn a little bit about what makes them great school library media coordinators. For each honoree, a brief excerpt from their nomination follows.  First let’s meet our 2012 Media Coordinator of the Year Award Winner:

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Natalie Strange, Piney Grove Elementary School, Winston-Salem / Forsyth County Schools, Piedmont West Region

Natalie tells us in her nomination, “A strong media center is the place that everyone in the school immediately thinks of if they have a question. It shouldn’t be, “let me Google ideas on planning a lesson on writing informational texts for 2nd grade”. Instead, the teachers should think, ‘I want to talk with the school librarian to see what we can plan together.’ Similarly, the administration should think of the library media center first when looking for a place for discussion and finding answers. The media center provides support for all aspects of school life, enriching the community.”

As the winner, Natalie was presented a $1000 gift certificate from Follett Library Resources and a beautiful plaque at the NCSLMA conference.  The other regional finalists received a $325 gift certificate from Mackin and a $150 gift certificate from Perma-Bound Books.  

Now, here are our other regional honorees:

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April Benton, Hertford Grammar School, Perquimans County, Eastern Region

In April’s nomination she shares that she believes in “giving the students access to the tools and instruction the students will become problem solvers, collaborators, and creators.  The media center also needs to be a fun place where students meet characters that spark their appetite for books that keeps them hungry for more.”

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Andrea Lyons, Sycamore Creek Elementary, Wake County, Piedmont East Region

Andrea’s nomination states, “I teach that 21st Century Skills are not only a vital part of our lives, but can also be an amazing journey in which they can “meet” fictional characters beyond their imagination and non-fictional characters who may add to their own dreams and longings in life.”

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Jennifer Northrup, Flat Rock Middle School, Henderson County, Mountain Region 

Jennifer believes “A Media Center should be an interactive environment where students and teachers are a part of the everyday landscape.  Through promoting library services and serving as a collaborative partner the media center and my role have become integral parts of the school’s function to help students learn and be successful.”

Congratulations to each of these media coordinators, who represent our profession so well! If you know of an outstanding media coordinator, please check back in the spring when the nomination forms for next year’s awards will be available.

-Posted by Joanna Gerakios, NCSLMA Awards & Scholarships Section Chair
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