News Release, Calvert County Public Schools

Prince Frederick, MD- Donna Mignardi of Calvert High School was named the 2020 Maryland School Librarian of the Year. Presented by the Maryland Association of School Librarians, the annual award honors a school librarian for exemplary service and outstanding achievements in the field of school library media. Ms. Mignardi shares this year’s award with April Wathen of St. Mary’s County Public Schools.

Dr. Daniel D. Curry, Superintendent, said, “Ms. Mignardi is truly deserving of this award. Her work benefits both the teachers and students at Calvert High, and her national-, state- and county-level contributions enhance the entire CCPS community.”

Ms. Mignardi holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Maryland. A school librarian for over 20 years, she is an advocate for information literacy and is passionate about developing ethical researchers and savvy consumers of information. With a colleague, she writes a monthly blog post for Programming Librarian, a website of the American Library Association Public Programs Office, and recently had an article published in Knowledge Quest, the journal of the American Association of School Librarians.

She is an advocate for professional development and a member of numerous professional organizations, and she serves on numerous committees for her school, district, and state. Ms. Mignardi sponsors many student clubs and organizations at her school including Class Council, Girls Who Code, Journalism Club, Film Club, Book Club, and the Equity Team. She has presented at district, state, and national conferences, most recently at the American Association of School Librarians Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dr. Steven Lucas, principal of Calvert High School, said, “Ms. Donna Mignardi is one of the most beloved and caring educators at Calvert High. Whether she is leading the morning broadcast team, teaching a lesson on research tools, or encouraging students and staff to pick up a new book, Ms. Mignardi is constantly on the go. She has relentlessly pursued obtaining new print and digital resources for the media center and helped supply teachers with new voice amplification systems. She is always thinking of ways to improve our school and is a vital member of the leadership team.”

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

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