Dallas ISD Librarian of the Year helps students succeed after graduation

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Dallas ISD Librarian of the Year Heather Hornor has one main goal at Skyline High School: ensure students know where the library is and how it can help them.

Hornor has spent the past 18 years working in education, with the past seven of those as the Skyline librarian. As librarian at the city’s largest school, Hornor gets to positively impact a huge group of high school students.

“I am most passionate about preparing our kids to succeed in the world as adults,” Hornor said. “I want to make sure every student can self-educate; discern between reliable and unreliable news sources; and grow their critical thinking skills and have an inquiry mindset.”

Hornor, S.S. Conner Elementary School’s Erica Kennard and Adelfa Botello Callejo Elementary’s NaKeisha Austin-Chambers were the three finalists for Dallas ISD Librarian of the Year. Dallas ISD Library Media Services Director Gay Patrick said the district had an especially strong lineup of finalists this year.

“Any one of these three would be an outstanding choice as Librarian of the Year,” Patrick said. “These librarians are game changers having a significant impact on all students.”

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