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Educators honored at 24th Annual School Library System Awards luncheon

May 17, 2016 | Filed in Archive
From left: Nominating media specialist Mary VanPatten, Fort Plain Jr/Sr HS Principal Deborah Larrabee, Gloversville HS social studies teacher David Rogers, HFM BOCES SLS Media Specialist Edie Willcox and nominating media specialist Carla Bengle-Mackey.

From left: Nominating media specialist Mary VanPatten, Fort Plain Jr/Sr HS Principal Deborah Larrabee, Gloversville HS social studies teacher David Rogers, HFM BOCES SLS Media Specialist Edie Willcox and nominating media specialist Carla Bengle-Mackey.

MAY 17, 2016 – For the first time in the history of the HFM BOCES School Library System (SLS), all three special recognitions offered by the service have been awarded in the same year.

Two area educators and a school media specialist were honored at HFM BOCES 24th Annual School Library System Awards luncheon on Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

David Rogers, social studies teacher at Gloversville High School was named SLS Collaborative Teacher of the Year, while Fort Plain High School Principal Deborah Larrabee received the SLS Administrator of the Year Award. HFM BOCES School Library Media Specialist Edie Willcox was honored with the Ken Smith SLS Regional Award.

The SLS Collaborative Teacher/Team of the Year Award is given to the teacher or team that exhibits excellence in working collaboratively with the library media specialist to integrate information skills into the classroom curriculum and using the resources and services of the library media center to enhance student learning.

Gloversville Enlarged School District Library Media Specialist Carla Bengle-Mackey nominated Rogers saying, “Mr. Rogers is a strong supporter of information literacy skills and ethical research methods who leads by example. The tenth grade Global Studies curriculum is extensive and ends with the Regents exam, often causing great stress and anxiety for teachers to ‘get through’ all the material. Mr. Rogers has made the projects an integral part of his curriculum and has found students remember the material better and for years beyond his class.”

Fort Plain Central School District Media Specialist Mary VanPatten nominated her junior/senior high school principal, Deborah Larrabee, for SLS Administrator of the Year.

The Administrator of the Year Award is given to school administrators who exhibit leadership in recognizing the library media center as an integral part of the total school program and has an active personal involvement in the program.

“Ms. Larrabee deserves to be the HFM BOCES SLS Administrator of the Year because of her support for full-time librarians in schools,” VanPatten said. “It is because of her that Fort Plain reinstated the elementary librarian position. She knows the importance of having a full-time librarian in schools, and how having a full-time librarian will improve student learning.”

HFM School Library System Media Specialist Edie Willcox thanks the audience for honoring her with the Ken Smith SLS Regional Award.

HFM School Library System Media Specialist Edie Willcox thanks the audience for honoring her with the Ken Smith SLS Regional Award.

The Ken Smith SLS Regional Award has been given only four times since it was introduced in 1999. Nominees must exhibit leadership in recognizing the importance and influence of the HFM School Library System as a central part of the total education program in the HFM BOCES district, and have an active personal involvement in promoting that program. This year the honor was given to Edie Willcox, School Library Media Specialist at HFM BOCES.

Nominating media specialist Carla Bengle-Mackey said, “Edie has been a leader in library advocacy and in the professional development of the librarians she has worked with. She has been actively involved in promoting the SLS program and plays a central role in many of the services to, and programs for, member libraries.”

HFM BOCES Culinary Arts students prepared and served the luncheon to celebrate the honorees in their Petit Café.

Jennifer Donovan, a representative from New York State Senator Hugh T. Farley’s Johnstown office, shared a letter of commendation and presented certificates from the Senator and Assemblyman Marc Butler to the award recipients.

“As the chair of the State Select Committee on Libraries, Senator Farley recognizes that by supporting libraries we are supporting students in every aspect of their educational lives,” Donovan read from the commendation.

HFM BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Patrick Michel thanked everyone who attended the luncheon for their strong support of library services.”

“We all appreciate your commitment and devotion to our children, and encourage you in the important work you do,” Michel said.

To learn more about the HFM BOCES School Library System, contact Director Deborah Booth, at (518) 736-4370.

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