Two DeKalb County School District (DCSD)Teacher-Librarians have been presented with “More Than a Book” Awards by KPMG, a professional services firm.
Marcia Kochel of Druid Hills Middle School was named the winner of the More Than an Educator division, one of four categories of the annual awards. She will receive a $5,000 grant from First Books to purchase new books for her school. It was noted that in her two years at Druid Hills, book circulation in the Druid Hills Middle School library has tripled ¾from 900 per month to 2,700.
Kia Wansley of Hightower Elementary School was named a finalist in the same category. She earned a $2,500 grant from First Books to purchase new books for her school. Wansley is well known for her interactive activities: From “Jumpstart for Reading” in October, where every class at Hightower Elementary School reads the same book throughout the day and a storyteller visits the school to read to Pre-K and kindergarten students to “The Polar Express Extravaganza,” where the media center is transformed into a setting from the film Polar Express.