School Librarians Recognized as Teachers of the Year

Awards Demonstrate Importance of Librarians to Students and Colleagues

RHODE ISLAND - JUNE 23, 2015 - In recognition of their ability to reach all students and help them think, create, share, and grow, two Rhode Island school librarians were named 2015 Teacher of the Year in their districts: Joan Mouradjian, Narragansett Middle School, Narragansett; and Jennifer Robinson, Frank E. Thompson Middle School, Newport.

Robinson and Mouradjian follow on the heels of three Rhode Island school librarians who received the honor in 2014, a testament to the value the position - and the highly trained professionals who fill it - brings to both their students and their colleagues.

School librarians partner with classroom teachers to deliver lessons aligned with Common Core standards; teach research and digital citizenship skills; develop collections to support curriculum; serve as technology experts; and - perhaps most importantly - foster a love of reading.

“We are thrilled that school librarians are seen as essential partners by so many classroom teachers and administrators,” says Sarah Hunicke of Portsmouth High School, president of School Librarians of Rhode Island (SLRI). “Indeed, research has shown a correlation between school library programs and student achievement. When a school district thinks that cutting certified school librarians is an easy way to save money, they may actually end up costing themselves more in the long run. It is wonderful that these two districts have recognized the indispensable role of their school librarians.”

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The purpose of School Librarians of Rhode Island shall be to (1) promote the improvement of instruction through opportunities that broaden the professional knowledge, understanding, and experience of its members; (2) provide leadership in defining, interpreting, and promoting effective library media programs to the community; and (3) serve as facilitator between the State Department of Education, Office of Library and Information Services, professional organizations, and the general public.

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