SCASL Media Specialist of the Year
The Media Specialist of the Year Award honors a full-time school library media specialist who has made an outstanding contribution to school library media service in South Carolina. Nominees are judged on the basis of exemplary quality library media programs, collaborations with classroom teachers, and active membership in SCASL and related organizations. The first award was presented in 1986.
1986 Edna Bedenbaugh, Lexington Elementary, Lexington, SC (Lexington District 1)
1987 Barbara Grinter, Cowpens Elementary School, Cowpens, SC (Spartanburg District 3)
1988 Barbara Clancey, Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary School, Columbia, SC
(Richland District 2)
1989 Lawren Hammond, Paul Knox Middle School, North Augusta, SC (Aiken School District)
1990 Betty Ann Smith at Royall Elementary in Florence, SC (Florence District 1)
1991 Melinda Hare, H. E. Corley Elementary, Irmo, SC (School District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties)
1992 Cecile Dorr, Laurel Bay School #2, Laurel Bay, SC (Department of Defense School)
1993 Dottie Pitman, Greenville High School, Greenville, SC (School District of Greenville County)
1994 Vonnie Smith, Hannah-Pamplico High School, Pamplico, SC (Florence School District 2).
1995 Louise Smith, Eau Claire High School, Columbia, SC (Richland School District One)
1996 Nitsa Demos, Orange Grove Elementary School, Charleston, SC (Charleston County School District).
1997 Phyllis Mays, Allen L. Code Elementary in Seneca, SC (Oconee School District)
1998 Suzanne Baxley, Brooklyn Springs Elementary, Lancaster, SC (Lancaster County School District)
1999 Betty Teague, Blythe Academy of Languages, Greenville, SC (School District of Greenville County)
2000 Anne Hood, Johnakin Middle School, Marion, SC (Marion School District 1)
2001 Deborah Ford, Charles Pinckney Elementary, Mt. Pleasant, SC (Charleston County School District).
2002 Judy Parham, James F. Byrnes High School, Duncan, SC (Spartanburg School District 5)
2003 Sandra McLendon, Parker Academy of Fine Arts and Humanities, Greenville, SC (School District of Greenville County)
2004 Patricia Bynum, League Academy of Communication Arts, Greenville SC (School District of Greenville County)
2005 Elizabeth "Lizzie" Padget, Forest Lake Elementary, Columbia SC (Richland School District 2)
2006 Betty Jordan, Sullivan Middle School, Rock Hill SC (Rock Hill School District 3)
2007 Carole McGrath, Wade Hampton High School, Hampton SC (Hampton School District One)
2008 Elizabeth Betsy Long, Doby’s Mill Elementary School, Lugoff, SC (Kershaw County School District)
2009 Martha Taylor, McCants Middle School, Anderson SC (Anderson School District Five)
2010 Dr. Marilyn Heath, Ralph Chandler Middle School, Simpsonville SC (School District of Greenville County)