On March 15, Botetourt County school librarians attended the Roanoke Region Spring Conference for School Librarians in Roanoke.
Kendel Lively, librarian at Lord Botetourt High School, was recognized for her leadership and vision as the Roanoke Region School Librarian of the Year. She was nominated by her principal, Andy Dewease. Dewease even made a surprise visit to present her award. He shared how he and Lively had worked together as teachers in the social studies department for many years. Then in 2010, they both were given new opportunities in education — he as an administer at Lord Botetourt and she as its new school librarian.
Lively serves on the school leadership team and provides teacher in-services on technology on a regular basis. She created a reading club, Cavs Read, for which students read and discuss books, have author visits or Skype with authors and go out to the elementary schools and read to students on special occasions. She collaborated with Lord Botetourt football coach Jamie Harless and created a program this year called LB Football Reading Buddies.
She is actively involved with the Virginia Association of School Librarians, for which she served on the planning committee for the state conference this past November. In 2014-15, she was a co-director of the Roanoke Regional Conference.
As winner of this award, VAASL will pay for her Fall State Conference registration and banquet fees. The state winner will be announced at the Fall Awards Celebration and receive an engraved crystal award, basic conference registration and $500 for professional development.
Good luck Mrs. Lively!