Debbie is a media specialist at Lucas Elementary School. She is currently working on her Education Specialist credentials in educational administration at Austin Peay University. For the past six years her library has been the hub of organized activities that brings the school and community together. She promotes literacy through storytelling, creative drama, book talks, puppet shows, and poetry contests. She helped organize Lucas Troopers - No Child Left Behind as a reading theme to unite the school with the community. Activities included Apache and Black Hawk helicopters for students to see and parachuting soldiers with books in their hands. A parent remarks, "Mrs. Hadley's library is not the quiet and rigid library of my day, but is a bright and welcoming hands-on place where learning is exciting and wondering opens many doors!"

2003 winner, Deborah Burney Hadley
Deborah Burney Hadley Media Specialist Teacher
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