OKLAHOMA CITY – The principal at Putnam City's Central Elementary School has been named a recipient of the 2010 Administrator's Certificate of Merit for Promotion of Library Media Services.
The award honors school administrators who promote library media services as an integral part of the educational process.
The award was presented to Sherri Brown by the Oklahoma School Librarians Division of the Oklahoma Library Association.
Brown is a big believer in school libraries and the teaching specialists who staff them.
"The school library will always be a place to capture the imagination of young minds and helps kids get hooked on books. In today's technology-based and information-rich society, though, it's so much more. It's also a place to explore the world using technology tools unavailable to previous generations. It's where students master research skills they will use the rest of their lives, not just searching out sources but also evaluating whether the sources they find are valid," Brown said.
Lisa Luse, the library media specialist at Central Elementary, said Brown believes the library is the heart of the school.
"Sherri is an exemplary administrator who truly views the library as being the heart of the school. Through her leadership, the library media program is a voice at the table in discussions of curriculum, testing and tutoring, which allows me to collaborate with teaching teams. Through her hard work and support, our school received one grant to improve teaching and learning through technology and another grant to purchase more than $6,000 worth of books for the library. She even helped shelve books when our new school building and new school library opened. It's an honor and a pleasure to work with someone who has the vision and energy to make sure good things are happening for students," said Luse.
Brown has been in public education for 22 years and a principal at Central Elementary School for nine of those years. She holds masters' degrees in reading and educational administration from the University of Central Oklahoma and a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Oklahoma City University.