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Rogers Teacher Receives State Award

The Oklahoma School Librarians Association (OKSL) awarded the Barbara Spriestersbach Award to Will Rogers College High School Teacher, Ms. Bernadette Ward! Ms. Ward was nominated by the Will Rogers librarians, Mrs. Stephanie Brucks and Mrs. Tina Ham.

The Barbara Spriestersbach Award is given to an Oklahoma teacher who practices cooperative instructional planning and teaching in an exemplary manner with a library media specialist.

Ms. Ward will be honored at the Oklahoma Library Association Awards Presentation Thursday, July 30th as part of the OLA Virtual State Conference.

Bernadette Ward is a librarian’s dream collaborator. She is eager to collaborate and open to new ideas and to keeping students current in new technology and prepared for college.  Her eagerness to share knowledge, her flexibility to teach a variety of subjects, and her knowledge of numerous subjects is refreshing. Ms. Ward is eager to work together and willing to share the teaching space so that students can benefit from multiple people. She brings a deep understanding of the content she is teaching to the collaborative process.  This allows us to aide students in developing enquiry-based processes, to use and understand information sources beyond the textbook, and to use technology responsibly. Ms. Ward wants students to be engaged, creative, curious and ethical in their research.

Ms. Ward truly understands that libraries are more than just books and views the librarians as colleagues and educational collaborators. Because of Ms. Ward’s commitment to collaboration and resource-based education, students are provided opportunities that prepare them for college.  Working as a team we strive to create independent, responsible, and savvy consumers of information. Students may groan or feel frustrated at some of the process, however, college students return to our high school citing the projects done in collaboration with Ms. Ward as something that served them well when tackling research and studying at the college level. 

Congratulations, Ms. Ward!