Friday, June 29, 2012

Tammy Reynolds is 2012's BC New Teacher-Librarian of the Year

The BC Teacher-Librarians' Association is pleased to announce that Tammy Reynolds is the 2012 recipient of the BC New Teacher-Librarian of the Year Award.  

Tammy is the teacher-librarian at Coal Tyee Elementary School in Nanaimo, BC and is a student in the Master of Education (Teacher-Librarian) program at the University of Alberta.  She is, "a leader, a facilitator, and an exceptional teacher with the school library at the centre" and has "not only set the bar high but she has catapulted over it and gone beyond".   

Within her school library program, Tammy has been implementing inquiry-based learning, introducing and implementing technology, and providing opportunities for students to become engaged with reading and more (she organized a whole school math challenge through the month of February 2012).  She is also the staff representative, professional development representative, and leader of her staff's Professional Learning Network.  She administers the school's website and the staff blog.  For the past year, she has been the district leader in piloting the use of iPads and iPods.      

Her colleague writes: "Tammy has made the library the heart and hub of our school.  Students know that the library is a safe place where they can go.  They are always welcomed.  They know Mrs. Reynolds is there for them when they need a place to do research, help to find that perfect book or series that will interest them or a place to check in and say how their day is going". 

At the district level, Tammy provides mentoring and workshops and is also the leader of the district Teacher-Librarian Professional Learning Network, and is a leader within the district's Project Success initiative.  She is an author of a number of popular literacy resources available through SD68 Nanaimo-Ladysmith's District Resource Centre and of an article published in the district's magazine for families.  At the provincial level, Tammy is a member of the BC Teacher-Librarians' Association and will present on using iPods and iPads in the elementary classroom and library at the 2012 BCTLA conference.

Tammy is a key player in the district's efforts to ensure their school libraries are hubs of "teaching and learning, of collaboration, of research, discovery -- and play -- for students, educators and the community".  She, "embraces literacy in the same way that she embraces her children: with love".  

Tammy has been a teacher-librarian, formally, for only three years.  Her phenomenal efforts and talents are evidence of the magic that a passionate and well-supported teacher-librarian can bring to a school, district, and profession.          

BCTLA will be honoured to recognize Tammy Reynolds as the 2012 recipient of the BC New Teacher-Librarian of the Year Award at the 2012 BCTLA Conference on Friday, October 19, 2012 at Riverside Secondary School in Port Coquitlam, BC.

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