The School Library Journal has named a Clear Creek Independent School District employee the winner of the 2017 School Librarian of the Year Award.
Tamiko Brown, the librarian Ed White E-STEM Magnet School in El Lago, won the honor.
Scholastic Library Publishing sponsors this award that 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, Brown will receive $2,500 cash, plus $2,500 worth of print and digital materials from Scholastic Library Publishing. She was also 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, the school district said.
After Ed White Elementary School transitioned to focus on science, technology, engineering and math, Brown accepted the challenge and created the school’s first-ever makerspace. She also extended 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, a Minecraft club and family outreach events, and she secured a grant to develop take-home makerspace kits for students, the school district said.
“Tamiko is an inspiring school leader who intuitively knows that a library’s success is an essential ingredient to student success,” Ed White Principal Matthew Paulson said. “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.”
Brown is a leader both in Clear Creek Independent School District and the community, the school district said. She teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and she collaborates with fellow librarians at state and district conferences.
Brown has also invited educators from other school districts to visit her space and learn about innovative design on a budget.