Tracy Aitken M.S. '06 recognized as VAASL's School Librarian of the Year
Tracy Aitken M.S. '06, school librarian at Oak Knoll Middle School in Hanover County, is recipient of the 2011 School Librarian of the Year award from the Virginia Association of School Librarians (VAASL).
VAASL, an organization of educational professionals, is the recognized voice for excellence in Virginia's school libraries and the state affiliate of two major national associations - the Association for Educational Communications and Technology and the American Association of School Librarians.
Aitken, a National Board Certified Teacher in library media, served as a classroom teacher for 15 years before becoming a librarian, a position she has held for seven years. Among her initiatives to increase the library's impact on student learning, are the development of research stations to support sixth grade science using books, periodicals, websites and videos; grant proposals to implement a "Guys Read" (father/son) and "Girls Read" (mother/daughter) book clubs; and a grant proposal that helped create an outdoor classroom/library in the school courtyard. Aitken has presented at numerous VAASL conferences, the Governor's Conference on Education, and AdvanceED. She is a certified Internet safety instructor and serves as a technology coach, webmaster and BlackBoard administrator.