Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Marshall Earns Principal of the Year Award

Camas High School principal Steve Marshall was recently named by the Washington Library Media Association (WMLA) as the High School Level Principal of the Year. Steve was nominated by CHS Teacher-Librarian, Rosemary Knapp. He was honored at the WLMA annual conference at a banquet on Friday, October 15, held at the SeaTac DoubleTree Hotel. The banquet featured author Sherman Alexie as the keynote speaker.

WLMA Awards are given to professionals or paraprofessionals who have provided outstanding service and support to the Library Media program, in order to achieve a school's instructional goals.

According to Knapp, the list of Marshall’s library merits includes several hands-on participation activities. When he had been principal for just over a month, Marshall willingly took part in the 2008 Teen Read Week Theme “Books with Bite” by dressing up as a vampire and greeting students in the Library. Not many new high school principals are willing to put themselves forward like that. This school year he came in twice during Teen Read Week and joined students in activities for “Read Beyond Reality.” One activity included his eating canned oysters!

Marshall takes part in the CHS voluntary summer reading program in which staff and students “buddy up” to read one of the nominated books for either the Evergreen Young Adult Book Award or the Young Reader’s Choice Senior Award. He says he really enjoys talking to the students about what they like to read.

“Steve Marshall is an outstanding administrator. As a Teacher-Librarian who is in the “twilight” of her career, I can testify that having Steve as principal at Camas High School has given me a renewed enthusiasm and energy for my job,” stated Knapp. “His intelligence, compassion, hard work, and good humor are a constant encouragement. He is very deserving of the recognition of WLMA.”