iSchool Alumna Tracy Jeffcott Named Maryland School Librarian of the Year

iSchool Alumna Tracy Jeffcott Named Maryland School Librarian of the Year

Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL) is pleased to announce Tracy Jeffcott as the recipient for the 2017-18 Maryland School Librarian of the Year award which honors a school librarian for exemplary service and outstanding achievements in the field of school library media. The award announcement coincided with the Common Ground Conference in Ocean City, MD and was held at Holiday Inn on May 4, 2018. The twelve nominees were evaluated by a selection committee comprised of representatives from MASL, Maryland State Department of Education, McDaniel 

College, Towson University, and University of Maryland College Park based on the extent to which they exemplify the five roles (administrator, leader, information specialist, teacher, and instructional partner) of a library media specialist as set forth in AASL’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner. From these nominees, the five finalists below were chosen. 

● Tracy Jeffcott, Somerset Elementary School, Montgomery County Public Schools
● Donna Mignardi, Calvert High School, Calvert County Public Schools
● Andrea Sporre, Glen Burnie High School, Anne Arundel County Public Schools
● April Wathen, George Washington Carver Elementary School, St. Mary’s County Public

According to Awards Committee Chairperson, Melissa McDonald, “Tracy’s dedication to her students and librarianship was evident in everything she does. As a former elementary classroom teacher, she brings strong pedagogy to her school library program. She jumped on the Maker Movement, and is a “maker leader” in Montgomery County Public Schools as she shared what she learned when creating a makerspace that encouraged independent STEM opportunities for her students and school. She works hard to build relationships with her students and colleagues and is a wonderful example of an educator. She is an exemplary leader within her school, her school system, and the profession of librarianship.” A detailed description of the application process along with a complete list of all twelve (12) nominees, including their professional biographies, is available on the Maryland Association of School Librarians website. Visit for more information. The general purpose of MASL is the improvement of teaching and learning in Maryland by bringing together individuals who are engaged in the field of school library media and information studies. MASL achieves the general purpose by working toward developing a lifelong love of reading among students in Maryland, developing skills and promoting excellence in print and nonprint media production among students in Maryland, promoting and providing for the professional development of its members. In addition, MASL encourages the dissemination and sharing of ideas, programs and materials among members through conferences, publications, and other media, and encourages the implementation of state and national standards and guidelines for school library media programs.

More about Tracy Jeffcott:

Tracy Jeffcott was born and raised in North Canton, Ohio. She received an Early Childhood Education BS from Miami University (Ohio), a Masters of Library Science from the University of Maryland, and is currently working on an Administration Certification through Hood College. Tracy began her career teaching third grade and currently serves as a Media Specialist to students in grades Kindergarten to 5 at Somerset Elementary School in Montgomery County. She works collaboratively with classroom teachers to support the integration of information literacy skills into daily instruction. Tracy utilizes Google Apps for Education (GAFE) to maximize collaboration, instruction and student engagement. Most recently, Tracy created a dynamic MakerSpace for all students to engage in independent STEAM related inquiry. She serves on the school leadership team, administrative core team, and STEM PLC. She is the representative for elementary school media specialists on the Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA) Councils on Teaching and Learning and a member of the Montgomery County Educational Media Specialists Association. For the last three years, Tracy has worked as a mentor to first-year Media Specialists. She has spent summers participating in curriculum summits to create instructional resources for Montgomery County elementary educators. In October 2016, Tracy was honored to host Media Specialists from around the United States as a part of the School Library Journal Leadership Summit tour. She facilitates professional development for Somerset staff members and MCPS employees. During the 2017-2018 school year, Tracy began working with MASL members to build a professional development committee focused on supporting media specialists around the state of Maryland. In the Spring of 2017, Tracy was a School Librarian of the Year finalist.