Tamarac Secondary Principal Richard Pogue was honored with the New York Library Association – Section of School Librarians (NYLA/SSL) Secondary Administrator Award for his support, advocacy, and funding of the very strong library program at Tamarac Secondary School.
Library Media Specialist Michelle Furlong nominated Pogue for the award. She credits him with spearheading the creation of an entirely new curriculum, Honors Seminar classes for ninth and tenth grade students seeking extra enrichment.
“The goal of these classes is to provide students with an education that helps them develop their own ideas rather than simply have them feed back information. Students focus on the inquiry method, develop questions to investigate, build reading, writing, and presentation skills,” said Pogue.
In her nomination letter, Furlong wrote that Pogue felt very strongly that the Library Media Specialist should play an integral role in the Honors Seminar classes.
“I have been co-teaching these two classes, with English and Social Studies instructors, for the past five years. Rich also encouraged my application to become an adjunct professor at HVCC to offer our Honors students college credit for Library Research Skills,” said Furlong.
The Honors program has been extremely successful, having been featured in the publication Think Tank Library by Mary Ratzer and Paige Jaeger. Additionally, this past year the research of Tamarac students has received state and national recognition by receiving first place in the NYS Archive Student Research Award as well as the Kate Mullaney Medal, given by the American Labor Studies Center.
“Rich’s support allows the library to not only have a strong educational program, but create a space both in and outside of the school building where teachers and students want to come to learn. I wish every school library media specialist had a partner like Rich Pogue,” said Furlong.
Just one secondary administrator from across the state receives this award each year. Pogue will receive the award on May 5 at the NYLA/SSL Spring Conference in Buffalo.