Distinguished School Administrator Award

TASL has established an ongoing recognition program for supervisors, principals, and superintendents who have shown support for school library media programs in Tennessee. An administrator may be nominated for a particular activity or event or for overall support of the school library program. Nominations may be made by anyone aware of the activity/support including school librarians, teachers, administrators, parents, students, or the administrator him/herself. The names of the honored administrators will be listed in the 2021 conference program, and each administrator will receive a certificate. If there is an outstanding person among those chosen to receive recognition, this person may be designated by the Awards Committee as a Valedictorian of the Distinguished Administrators’ Honor Roll.


All awards have an application deadline of September 1.
Winners will be honored during the 2023 TASL Conference during the opening session on November 5, at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro, TN.


Distinguished School Administrators Honor Roll

  • 2022: Meagan England, Dr. Joel Hoag, Meagan Turnbow

  • 2021: Riley Brewer, Dr. Janetta Davenport, Donna Gillum, Dr. Kyle Nix

  • 2020: Suzanne Anders

  • 2019 - Christie Amburn (valedictorian) & Angie Estes (valedictorian) 

  • 2018 - Sarah Searles (valedictorian), Terry Lynn Hursey, Dr. Leisa Justus, Randy Richards, Letoni Murry, Louise Claney, Elaine Harper, Rene' Walker, Marti Cantrell

  • 2017 - Tim Berry (valedictorian) from South-Doyle High School in Knox County Schools, Micha Landers from Richland School in Giles County Schools, Andy Lutton from Stewart County Middle School in Stewart County Schools, Dr. Jill Pittman from Overton High School in MNPS

  • 2016 - John Bartlett from Bearden High School in Knoxville, Kay Davenport from Smyrna West in Murfreesboro, Jared Foust from Crockett County High School in Alamo, Anthony Johnson from Clarksville Montgomery County Schools in Clarksville, Tanna Nicely from South Knoxville Elementary School in Knoxville

  • 2015 - Becky Coleman (valedictorian)