The School Library Association of NSW Teacher Librarian of the Year for 2019 is Lizzy Martin. Lizzy is currently the Junior School Teacher Librarian at St Catherine’s School in Waverley, Sydney.
This award is given to a teacher librarian or team of teacher librarians in recognition of their outstanding contribution to teaching and learning in their school and their engagement with the school library community. To this end, Lizzy has demonstrated outstanding practice whereby she has used her deep knowledge of the curriculum to collaborate with colleagues to design and implement effective teaching and learning programs. As part of this process, she has gathered and used student data to differentiate student learning activities, and has integrated ICT to create authentic and meaningful teaching and learning experiences.
Working closely with her colleagues, Lizzy has aligned the K-6 library program with classroom scope and sequences by identifying opportunities to enhance, expand, and support classroom learning through the curation of relevant resources and the development of students’ key information literacy skills.
Lizzy’s Head of Curriculum notes that Lizzy “has been absolutely instrumental in creating a school of students with an unbridled passion for reading.”
Strong links with the parent community have also been established through activities such as the use of Parent Storytellers, a pop-up community library, and the creation of reading advocacy materials.
As a teacher librarian at St Catherine’s, Lizzy Martin has made an outstanding contribution to teaching and learning within her school and has actively and effectively engaged with the school library community. Members of the School Library Association of NSW congratulate Lizzy Martin on receipt of this award.
This award will be presented at the Reach Out Through Reading Conference on March 7th, 2020 at the State Library of NSW. Download PDF