School Library Journal and Scholastic Announce 2017 School Librarian of the Year

CCISD Librarian Announced as 2017 School Librarian of the Year
Posted on 09/19/2017

The School Library Journal (SLJ) named Tamiko Brown of Ed White E-STEM Magnet School in Clear Creek ISD the winner of the 2017 School Librarian of the Year Award. Sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing, this award honors K–12 school library professionals for outstanding achievement and the exemplary use of technology to engage students.

As the 2017 School Librarian of the Year, Tamiko Brown will receive $2,500 cash, plus $2,500 worth of print and digital materials from Scholastic Library Publishing, and is currently featured on the cover of School Library Journal’s September 2017 issue, available in print and online.

“It is an honor to represent the school library profession for the next school year,” said Brown. “I am truly grateful to serve as a librarian where personalized learning, a research driven environment, and collaborative leadership are expected daily, so our students can thrive and reach their goals.”

Above all else, Tamiko Brown is committed to innovation and instilling a love of learning in students of all ages. After Ed White Elementary School transitioned to focus on STEM, Brown embraced the new challenge by not only creating the school’s first-ever makerspace, but also extending the maker experience beyond the library. Brown teamed up with public librarians to help students obtain access to resources over the summer, hosted book clubs, Minecraft club, and family outreach events, and secured a grant to develop take-home makerspace kits for students.

“Tamiko is an inspiring school leader who intuitively knows that a library’s success is an essential ingredient to student success,” said Ed White Principal Matthew Paulson. “Her willingness to think about our student interests, consider new experiences for learners and collaborate with others to create something new is truly a gift to our school. It puts Ed White E-STEM on the map as a destination to learn more about libraries and reassures our families that their children have many ways to access and love learning.”

As a leader both in Clear Creek ISD and the community, Brown currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Clear Lake, collaborates with fellow librarians at state and district conferences, and welcomes educators from other districts to visit her space and learn about innovative design on a budget.

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