Lisa from Fort Myers, Florida

1. How long have you known the nominee and how did you come to know him or her?
   Dana is our middle school media specialist.  I have known her for 12 years.

2. How has the nominee helped you and/or students at school?  For example, did
the nominee helped you with a project, recommend resources or collaborate with you to enhance student learning?
Every time I do a research project Dana will go above and beyond to find materials for my students.
Dana has also instigated/coordinated many huge, successful, learning projects for the school.  For example, we do a One School, One Book each year and she is the key to making it the most exciting activity for the students!  She also organizes the book fair's and has raised a great amount of money for the library.  We also did a school-wide project that incorporated the community and was involved with the Holocaust museum in Naples.  It was a life changing experience for our students!

3. How has the library, and the nominee in particular, had an impact on students and the learning process?
We have the highest circulation rate in our library in our district.  Increased reading leads to increased learning.

4. How does the nominee make the school a better place? Please be specific.
Dana also makes the school more beautiful which in turn makes the school a better place.  She always has current books displayed and the library is always "decked" out!  Dana is also an environmentalist.  She helped organized a system of recycling that helped decrease the cost and amount of trash in our building.

5. How has the individual demonstrated leadership in the school community or the profession?
Dana is on several committees for the school (One Book, One School), she is also the teacher in charge of the NJHS students.