Kim Johnson, media specialist at South Carroll High School, has been named the 2017 Maryland School Librarian of the Year by the Maryland Association of School Librarians.
This award honors a school librarian for exemplary service and outstanding achievements in the field of school library media. The award nominees were evaluated by a selection committee based on the extent to which they exemplify the five roles of a library media specialist. These roles include administrator, leader, information specialist, teacher, and instructional partner.
Johnson is an exceptional media specialist who has created a welcoming environment in the media center and truly connects with students. She has created a special café within the media center where up to 10 students can eat lunch. She is always aware of what students are reading and works to find books they will enjoy. She also does creative activities with and for students, such as creating planters out of old books and offering hand lettering classes and crochet lessons.
Johnson has coordinated the “hour of code” program with classes for the past two years. She also created a Maker Space area for students and works with classes to incorporate these concepts into their activities. In addition, Johnson provides professional development for staff through “Tech Tuesdays”, in which she helps staff become familiar with different technologies that can be used in the classroom.
Johnson has been the motivator and impetus behind South Carroll’s “One Book” program. She has found appropriate books for the program, written and developed lessons, and provided support and motivation for staff and students.
Johnson received the award at the Common Ground Conference, which was held in early May in Ocean City, Maryland.