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Ms. Stivers name Library Media Coordinator of the Year


Congratulations to Julie Stivers of Mount Vernon Middle School, who has been named the 2021-22 WCPSS School Library Media Coordinator of the Year! 

The WCPSS School Library Media Coordinator of the Year award recognizes exceptional talent among school library media coordinators at each level. These certified educators, nominated by their administrators, demonstrated exemplar performance in areas of leadership, instructional practice, technology integration, program administration, school culture development, and professional reflection in accordance with their roles to facilitate school library programs that serve the entire school community.

"Ms. Stivers’ commitment to her students is by far her superior attribute. The transformation of the library program and the library space at Mt. Vernon is solely a result of her tireless efforts to rethink best school library practices, to center everything entirely on what will make the most impact on her students, and to create an environment that not only welcomes them but also nurtures them," stated former Mount Vernon Principal Michael Hokenberg (who is now at Davis Drive MS). "She is the force behind the student-created #LibFive: Five Key Foundations for Building Inclusive Libraries, which was presented by Ms. Stivers and three Mt. Vernon students to a large room of WCPSS educators at Convergence. She is also a fierce advocate for true book fairs (all of the books, none of the money) and helps student writers in the WCPSS Summer Writing Institute."

Stivers has been at Mount Vernon since 2015. She has served as the chair of the school improvement team and has led staff professional learning on equity. She is also the recipient of the 2017 American Association of School Librarians Frances Henne Award and was named a 2018 American Library Association Emerging Leader.

Finalists were narrowed from a pool of nominations to result in a representative from elementary, middle, and high school levels. Nominations were reviewed by a selection committee of local, state, and collegiate professionals. The finalists were observed by a committee of WCPSS volunteers representing varying areas of educational expertise. Based on criteria that included the WCPSS Core Beliefs as well as the American Association of School Librarians Standards, a winner has been selected.

Congratulations also to our additional School Library Media Coordinator of the Year finalists!


Angela Headley, A.B. Combs Magnet

Christine Zaccardi, Fox Road Magnet


Heather Fields, Wake Forest