May 23, 2022

Michelle Colte Named School Librarian of the Year by School Library Journal

Aloha and Congratulations to Michelle Colte!

From SLJ:

School Library Journal has revealed the winner of the first School Librarian of the Year Award. Library media specialist Michelle Colte of Hale Kula Elementary School in Wahiawa, Hawaii, snagged top honors for her “innovative use of technology and exceptional community engagement,” according to the announcement made today.

Sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing, the award recognizes K–12 school library professionals for their achievement in using 21st-century tools and services to foster multiple literacies in their students. Colte and two finalists—Andy Plemmons of David C. Barrow Elementary School in Athens, Georgia, and Colleen Graves of Lamar Middle School in Flower Mound, Texas—are featured in the September 2014 issue of SLJ.


A panel of school librarians, SLJ editors, and other industry professionals from Scholastic and the International Society for Technology in Education determined the winners of the award. All nominations were judged based on several criteria, including creativity in programming, exemplary use of technology, and integration of library resources with curricula.

More About Colte, Plemmons, and Graves in this full text article from SLJ.

In addition to the article announcing the winner and the two finalists, individual profiles of each person are also online:

See Also: Background About the Award (Eligibility/ Judging Criteria)

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