Dr. Valerie Henning-Piedmonte, superintendent of Brewster schools, and Dr. Ronald Valenti, interim assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction of Greenburgh Central School District, were honored as administrators of the year for their respective regions at the School Library Systems Conference last week.
Henning-Piedmonte, who was named PNW BOCES Administrator of the Year, was nominated by the librarians in her district for her vision to encourage and support innovative instruction and the role played by libraries in that pursuit.
“She embraces 21st century learning and supports her teachers to make innovative ideas come to fruition,” said Paul George of CV Starr Intermediate School when nominating Dr. Henning-Piedmonte for the award. Brendan Breen, library media specialist for Brewster High School said, “Words cannot express how grateful I am to work with such an amazing cutting-edge educator who is fearlessly transforming the Brewster Central School District for the better.”
Accepting the award, which was presented by PNW BOCES Assistant Superintendent John McCarthy, Henning-Piedmonte reflected on her own childhood love of libraries and the important part they played in her learning. “Our libraries are essential and an integral arm of the learning process,” she said.
Pam Berger, Director of the School Library System for SW BOCES, spoke about the importance of enlightened leadership and the positive impact of a forward-thinking, open-minded administrator.
Valenti was cited for supporting the idea of the library as a learning commons that welcomes students and teachers to collaborate and learn together. In her nomination of the assistant superintendent, Highview School’s librarian Tracey Wong praised Valenti for facilitating growth by promoting and supporting the implementation of new ideas and encouraging librarian leadership.
“Dr. Valenti serves as a prime role model of an administrator who truly places children and learning first. He believes that the school library has the ability to lead change.
The Administrator of the Year Award was created six years ago to recognize administrators who actively advocate for library media center programs, recognize the instructional role of librarians and support collaborative efforts between library media specialists and members of the administration, faculty and staff.