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Coordinator of Instruction named Administrator of the Year
A coordinator of instruction in the Professional Development Department of the Vestal Central School District, Dodie Ainslie is a teacher of teachers! At its Sharing the Vision: Partnerships for 21st Century Libraries" event on May 10, the Broome-Tioga BOCES School Library System selected Ms. Ainslie for making significant contributions to the field of school librarianship. She was nominated by the school librarians in the Vestal Central School District for this honor.
 
 
 
 "She understands investing in professional development for librarians often has far-reaching effects, since we are in the unique position of being able to interact with all teachers and students in a building," the nomination letter for Ms. Ainslie reads. "Most importantly, Dodie recognizes and supports the many roles of school librarians as teachers, as program administrators, as information specialists and as instructional partners who promote inquiry, research, media literacy and digital citizenship for our students."
 
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Dr. Laura Lamash shared "This award recognizes the many ways that Dodie has enriched our district through her hard work, vision and commitment to our faculty and students." 
 
Ms. Ainslie began her teaching career over 20 years ago as a third-grade teacher in the Windsor Central School District. She went on to teach fourth grade in Spencer Van-Etten School District for two years and joined Vestal in 2001 as a sixth-grade English Language Arts Teacher at Vestal Middle School. During her eight years as a sixth-grade teacher, she also served as the English Department Chair for four years at the middle school. In 2008 she became a Teacher Mentor for the District, planning and implementing the new teacher mentor program for first- and second-year teachers. She assumed her current duties as a Coordinator of Instruction in 2010. She earned her Elementary Education certification at SUNY Cortland, her Masters in K-12 Reading certification at Binghamton University and her CAS in School District and Building Administration at SUNY Cortland.
 
PHOTO CAPTION: Librarians Kari O'Donnell, Patricia Sweeney, Tracey Cornwell, Karen Vill and Malinda Miller with Ms. Ainslie (center, with plaque).
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