Maryland Flag with banner that reads Maryland School Librarian of the Year

Snow Hill, MD, June 4, 2021  - Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL) is pleased to announce the 52 nominees for the 2021 Maryland School Librarian of the Year award which honors a school librarian for exemplary service and outstanding achievements in the field of school library media. Special Awards will be announced at the end of June.

Due to the challenges of the 2020-21 school year, organizers wanted to give School Librarians in Maryland a chance to celebrate their successes. Nominators submitted a paragraph explaining why the nominee deserved to be Maryland’s School Librarian of the Year. Nominees were invited to submit up to two artifacts or descriptions of successes they had this year. Thirty-nine nominees submitted artifacts and are eligible for special recognition.

In June, a selection committee will name special awards to nominees who exemplify the characteristics of a high quality School Librarian as set forth in AASL’s National School Library Standards for Learners, Librarians, and Libraries. Click here for nominee bios.

Nominees for the 2020-21 Maryland School Librarian of the Year:

  • Alicia Allou, New Hampshire Estates ES, Montgomery County Public Schools*
  • Lisa Anderson, Piney Point ES, St. Mary’s County Public Schools*
  • Brandi Baril, White Marsh ES, St. Mary’s County Public Schools*
  • Jenn Beach, Pocomoke MS, Worcester County Public Schools
  • Janet Browning, Pointers Run ES, Howard County Public Schools
  • Jack Cleveland, Pocomoke HS, Worcester County Public Schools*
  • Patricia Cole, Great Mills HS, St. Mary’s County Public Schools
  • Judy Crawford, Anne Arundel County Public Schools*
  • Margaret (Peggy) Demedis, Plum Point ES, Calvert County Public Schools*
  • Trayce Diskin, Silver Creek MS, Montgomery County Public Schools*
  • Margaret Donahue, Henry E. Lackey HS, Charles County Public Schools*
  • Danielle Dunn, Howard County Public Schools
  • Danielle DuPuis, Hammond HS, Howard County Public Schools
  • Priscilla Dyson, Spring Ridge MS, St. Mary’s County Public Schools*
  • L'oreal Edmondson, Howard County Public Schools
  • Karen Ferruzza, Arthur Middleton ES, Charles County Public Schools*
  • Angenine Goode, Catonsville HS, Baltimore County Public Schools*
  • Jenna Haberlein, Mount Savage School, Allegany County Public Schools*
  • Lisa Hack, Silver Spring International MS, Montgomery County Public Schools*
  • Heather Hartman-Jansen, Milton Somers MS, Charles County Public Schools*
  • Deborah Hendrickson, Allegany County Public Schools
  • Meredith Hickman, Seven Locks ES, Montgomery County Public Schools*
  • Jennifer Holliday, Frederick County Public Schools*
  • Christine Hurley, Boonsboro MS, Washington County Public Schools*
  • Joy Jackson, North East ES, Cecil County Public Schools*
  • Tracy Jeffcott, Bayard Rustin ES, Montgomery County Public Schools*
  • Crystal Johnston, Dynard ES, St. Mary's County Public Schools*
  • Lisa Kahl, Dorchester County Public Schools
  • Colleen Kavanagh, Riverside ES, Harford County Public Schools*
  • Jessica Lemmo, Windsor Hills ES/MS, Baltimore City Public Schools*
  • Julia Levine, Twin Ridge ES, Frederick County Public Schools*
  • Tatanisha Love, Loch Raven Technical Academy, Baltimore County Public Schools*
  • Susan Lusby, Calvert County Public Schools
  • Lauren Lynn, Huntingtown ES, Calvert County Public Schools*
  • Niketha McKenzie, Cheltenham Youth Detention Center, Maryland State Department of Education
  • Michelle Melencio, Bryant Woods ES, Howard County Public Schools*
  • Alexandra Moses, Highland ES, Montgomery County Public Schools*
  • Dawn Murphy, J.C. Parks, Charles County Public Schools*
  • Autumn Myers, Northwest HS, Montgomery County Public Schools
  • Mary Owen, Captain Walter Francis Duke ES, St. Mary’s County Public Schools
  • Keely Patton, Vienna ES, Dorchester County Public Schools*
  • Ron Poker, Roberto Clemente MS, Montgomery County Public Schools*
  • Kristy Rubeck, Boonsboro ES, Washington County Public Schools*
  • Melaney Sanchez, Mount Harmony ES, Calvert County Public Schools*
  • Kelly Schartner, Sugarloaf ES, Frederick County Public Schools*
  • Sandy Shaw, Cambridge South Dorchester HS, Dorchester County Public Schools*
  • Brittainy Simmons, Federalsburg ES, Caroline County Public Schools*
  • Lisa Smiroldo, Piccowaxen MS, Charles County Public Schools*
  • Timothy Steelman, Theodore G. Davis MS, Charles County Public Schools*
  • Heather Taylor, Folly Quarter MS, Howard County Public Schools*
  • Beau Williams, Snow Hill MS, Worcester County Public Schools*
  • Jennifer Yohe, Carroll County Public Schools

*Artifacts submitted. Eligible for special recognition.