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We honor our school librarian advocates!


We appreciate our school librarian advocates!

Today the O2CM BOCES School Library System at OCM BOCES honored local educators who have made exceptional efforts during the 2022-2023 school year to support the success of school librarians. Please join us in congratulating and thanking these outstanding advocates:

  • Administrator of the Year: Dr. Mary Coughlin, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Fayetteville-Manlius School District

  • Teacher of the Year: Jenn LaBrake, English Teacher, John C. Birdlebough High School, Phoenix Central School District

  • Library Influence of the Year: Alyssa Newton, Public Librarian, Onondaga Hill Public Library

  • Support Person of the Year: Jennifer Astafan, Emerson J. Dillon Middle School, Phoenix Central School District

    Standing with Dr. Mary Coughlin are Sarah Elliott, Kaye Kerr, April Myers and Mary Patroulis.

    School Library System Coordinator Allison Comes stands with Jenn LaBrake’s nominator, Jessica Regitano.


    Standing with Alyssa Newton are Ellen Pristash, Karen Fenner and Penny Feeney.


    Standing with Jennifer Astafan is Kristry Ryan.


    Retiring librarians were also honored. Standing in the photo are Tina Nabinger of the East Syracuse Central School District and Karen Fenner of the Westhill Central School District. Other honored retirees (not pictured) include Marvin Zimmerman of the Homer Central School District and Kelly Nugent of the Baldwinsville Central School District.