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Award Winners Luncheon

Join Us for the 2010 SCASL Awards Luncheon
Ballroom C2 & C3, 11:45 AM – 1:30 PM   

(ticket required)


Awards Luncheon Agenda

Introductions - Amanda LeBlanc, SCASL President

Presentation of SCASL Awards - Betsy Long, SCASL Awards Chair

No Book Left Unread - Martha Alewine, SCDOE Library Media Services Consultant

AASL Commendation - Ann Martin, AASL immediate Past President

SCASL 100% Regions - Frankie O’Neal, SCASL Regional Network Director

Conference News and Updates - Joe Myers, SCASL President Elect

Entertainment Provided by

Haut Gap Middle School Steel Drum Ensemble

SLMS of the Year: Marilyn Heath, Ralph Chandler Middle School

Simpsonville, SC; Greenville County Schools

Sponsored by Follett Software Company

Marilyn Heath has been a classroom teacher and teacher librarian for 24 years, working at the middle school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels. She is presently the media specialist at Ralph Chandler Middle School in Simpsonville.


Marilyn earned her MLIS from the University of South Carolina in 1989 and her doctorate in Educational Leadership with a major in Curriculum and Instruction in 1999. She became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2003.


In addition to being a frequent presenter at the state and national levels, she is the author of two professional books. Electronic Portfolios: A Guide to Professional Development and Assessment (Linworth, 2004), was given a Distinguished Achievement Award as the best professional development book for 2005 by the Association of Educational Publishers. Her new book is MLA Made Easy: Citation Basics for Beginners (Linworth, 2010).



Administrator of the Year: Sharon Kazee, Dean and Vice President for Arts and Academics;

The South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities; Greenville, SC

Sponsored by East Educational

Sharon Kazee is the Dean and Vice President for Arts and Academics at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.  As an educator for over 30 years, Ms. Kazee has taught instrumental and vocal music and has served as an administrator both at the school and the district level.  Prior to working at the Governor’s School, Ms. Kazee was the Fine Arts Coordinator with Greenville County Schools, and was previously the Curriculum Specialist for Performing Arts with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, North Carolina.  She is the recipient of several awards, including the Ben Craig First Union Teacher of the Year Award for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District, the South Carolina Art Education Association’s Distinguished Art Advocate (2008) and the South Carolina Alliance for Arts Education’s Leadership Award (2009).  Recently, Ms. Kazee was named one of Greenville Talk Magazine’s 25 Most Beautiful Women. 


Ms. Kazee serves on several local, state, and national boards of directors, including the Arts Schools Network, the SC Arts Alliance, the SC Alliance for Arts Education, the Arts in Basic Curriculum Steering Committee, the Greater Greenville Chamber Board of Governors, and the Greenville Arts in Public Places Commission.  Her experience includes teaching music courses at Converse College, the University of the South, Wingate College, and Davidson College.  Ms. Kazee is an oboist, having performed with organizations such as the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra, the Cleveland Philharmonic, and the Salisbury, N.C. Symphony.  She is currently working on her doctorate at the University of South Carolina in Educational Leadership and Policy.


Ms. Kazee is married to Tom Kazee, Provost and Executive Vice President at Furman University.  They have two children, Nicole, who is a professor at the University of Illinois Chicago, and Geoffrey, who is working on his degree in golf course turf management.


Paraprofessional of the Year: Anna Casto,

Lakeside Middle School; Anderson, SC

Sponsored by Ralph Davis, Salem Press

Anna R. Casto born and raised in Morgantown, WV. She graduated from West Virginia University in 1971 with a degree in Secondary Education and a minor in Library Science. Since then she has been employed in a number of positions in a variety of library settings. These include: employment by the State of West Virginia at the State Library (1971-1974); a position in Wood County, WV as a Children’s Librarian and part-time Reference Desk staff (1974-1976); a part-time position in Bishop Elementary School in Bishop, CA as a library assistant (1976-1978); an administrative assistant at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church pre-school in West Palm Beach, FL (1987-1993); and most recently, media clerk at Lakeside Middle School in Anderson, SC (1993-present.)  She is married with two children.  


Nancy Jane Day Scholarship: Sharon Matney;

Currently enrolled in Master’s program at USC in SLIS; Chapin, SC


Sharon Matney is in her final year of the School Library Media Program at the University of South Carolina. She is currently interning at Chapin Elementary School under the supervision of Mrs. Kristen Nebesky Lawson. Sharon plans to complete her second internship in fall 2010 and graduate with her MLIS degree and recommendation for certification in K-12 school library media in December 2010. Since beginning the program in fall 2008, Sharon has maintained a 4.0 average and worked as a graduate assistant for Dr. Donna Shannon. She is looking forward to her future as a practicing school library media specialist and fostering lifelong learning in students through promoting information literacy, media literacy, and a love of reading.