SLS Annual Administrators Breakfast

SLS Annual Administrators Breakfast
Posted on 05/22/2019
School Librarian of the YearThe MOBOCES School Library System held its 2019 SLS Administrator Breakfast and Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 22 and recognized outstanding students, teachers, administrators and school librarians in the region for their work.

K-8 grade students from six school districts were recognized for their writing and artwork, which is featured in this year’s SLS calendar. The students’ work was selected from entries in the 5th annual student calendar contest, which invited students to submit an original drawing, essay or poem on the theme of “Everybody Belongs @ Your School Library” (See student winners below.)

Linda Zuber was recognized for her service as school librarian at Otto Shortell Middle School in Oneida. Zoe Hicks was recognized for her service as school librarian. She was recognized for her service as high school librarian for Oneida City School District. They both will be retiring at the end of the year.

SLS also presented a number of other awards during the breakfast:

The School Librarian of the Year award went Rome Free Academy Librarian, Zack Snow, nominated by Brian LeBaron.

The SLS Teacher of the Year award went to Stephanie Hughes from Morrisville-Eaton Central School District. A third grade teacher at E.R. Andrews Elementary School, Hughes was nominated by Librarian, Liz Wise for being an avid user of the school library. “She works with me constantly to bring new tools and ideas to her students,” said Wise.

The SLS Administrator of the Year award went to Tracy Durkee from Morrisville-Eaton Central School District. A Principal at Morrisville-Eaton Middle/High School she was nominated by Librarian, Jessica Jacobs-Broedel because she has supported the library in every way possible. From day to day activities and problems to programming and courses.

This year’s featured speaker was Warren Drake, a Superintendent at East Baton Rouge Parish School System in Louisiana who spoke virtually, as part of the Expand Our World Videoconferencing initiative. At the start of his tenure as superintendent of one of the largest school systems in the U.S., Drake reinstated school librarians in 20 schools and soon thereafter achieved the goal of a school librarian in every building. He spoke about an Evolving Vision for the 21st Century School Library.


Student winners:

K-1 grade

#1 Edward R. Andrews (Morrisville-Eaton Central Schools) - Charlie 
#2 John Joy (Rome City School District) - Addyson, 1st grade – Piggie & E
#3 Peterboro Street (Canastota) – Devyn 
Honorable Mention – John Joy – Julian 


2-3 grade

#1 South Side (Canastota) – Parker 
#2 South Side (Canastota) – Brelynn (poem)
#3 Madison – Nicole 
Honorable Mention – South Side (Canastota), Aiyanna 



4-5 grade

#1 – Morrisville-Eaton Central Schools – Ella 
#2 - Vernon- W.A. Wettel (VVS) – Analeigh 
#3 – John Joy (Rome City School District )– Spec Ed – Justin 


6-8 grade

#1 – VVS Middle – Mandy 
#2 – Camden Middle – Lillian 
#3 – VVS - Wettel – Gianna 


Madison-Oneida BOCES cooperatively and responsibly provides educationally-focused programs and services that enable learners to excel. The Madison-Oneida BOCES serves students from Camden, Canastota, Hamilton, Madison, Morrisville-Eaton, New York State School for the Deaf, Oneida, Rome, Stockbridge-Valley and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill.