School Library System names Administrator and School Librarian of the Year
Nassau BOCES School Library Services Supervisor Carl Vitevitch (right) presents the School Librarian of the Year Award to Stephanie Smith, Library Media Specialist, Glenwood Landing School, North Shore CSD (center) along with (left to right) Catherine Brown, NBSLS Advisory Council Chair from Malverne UFSD; Bridget Finder, Principal, and Audra Marcanonio, School Wide Enrichment Services Teacher, both from Glenwood Landing, North Shore CSD.
Nassau BOCES School Library Services Supervisor Carl Vitevitch (right) presents the Administrator of the Year Award to (center) Dr. William Brennan, Director of Technology, Farmingdale UFSD and Mr. Luis Pena, Principal, Weldon E. Howitt Middle School, Farmingdale UFSD along with (left to right) Catherine Brown, NBSLS Advisory Council Chair from Malverne UFSD; Michael King, Farmingdale UFSD; and Jennifer Bleicher, Farmingdale UFSD.
Nassau BOCES School Library System (NBSLS) is honored to announce the winners of its two awards for its School Library Month celebration. The winners were selected from numerous applicants in each category by an NBSLS Advisory Council committee.
The Administrator of the Year Award goes to two Farmingdale administrators: Dr. William Brennan, Director of Technology, and Mr. Luis Pena, Principal, Weldon E. Howitt Middle School. This award was established in 1986.
“The library at Howitt Middle School is the hub of the school and the start of a new learning initiative ‘One to World’ that will allow all students to have access to knowledge,” said Dr. Brennan as he accepted this award.
Mr. Pena is a frequent visitor to the library observing students programming robots, 3D modeling and more and even took time to work alongside students during a library period of coding. He is always supportive of teachers’ and students’ accomplishments as well as their failures, wrote his nominator.
Both Dr. Brennan and Mr. Pena initiated the purchase of a 3D printer, and share our vision and trust our professionalism by giving us the opportunity to be partners in a decision making regarding the library, wrote nominators Jennifer Bleicher and Michael King.
Ms. Stephanie Smith, Library Media Specialist from the Glenwood Landing School, North Shore CSD, is the winner of the School Librarian of the Year Award. This award has been given annually since 2006.
Mrs. Smith’s positive attitude and high energy level ensures student engagement and participation. Mrs. Smith is part of the Collaboration Team where she assists staff members to develop lessons that enhance and enrich curriculum. Her nominator, Audra Marcantonio, School Wide Enrichment Services Teacher, went on to state that Mrs. Smith promotes the use of technology, invites numerous author visits for both students and professional development, and models her love of learning with her level of engagement for literacy.
The winners were honored at the NBSLS Awards and Liaison Meeting held at the Robert E. Lupinskie Center in Westbury on May 18, 2016.
The Nassau BOCES School Library System, which was established September 1985, provides library coordination and services to Nassau County’s 56 school districts and member independent schools. This is a state aid funded program, through Education Law 284: School Library Systems, which is available to school districts and independent schools at no cost.
For more information please visit https://www.nassauboces.org/nbsls.