Literacy Leader Awards 2024

New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal best-selling author,

Tom Angleberger


Battling the Blank Page

How your class can crowd-source creativity and fill a blank page with drawings, poems and their own stories
DATE: Thursday, February 29, 2024
TIME: 4:30-5pm appetizers; 5-6:30 ceremony
Memorial Hall Room 6110
This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP here.

Parenthesis Books will be on site selling his books which he will autograph.

Literacy Leader Award Nominations

JMU Literacy Alumni Award

  • Graduate of JMU's Literacy M. Ed. program
  • Practices innovative literacy teaching and learning
  • Promotes literacy engagement within their school, district, or the Commonwealth
  • Recognized as a literacy leader in the school and/or community

Nominate a JMU Literacy Alumnus Now!


Literacy Teacher of the Year Award

  • A Virginia educator working in elementary, middle, or secondary classrooms; a reading specialist; a media specialist; or a district leader
  • Practices innovative literacy teaching and learning
  • Promotes collaborative literacy engagement within the school, district, or the Commonwealth
  • Advocates for effective, research-based literacy practices for all learners

Note: Degree from JMU not required

Nominate a P-12 Literacy Leader Now!


Nomination deadline is February 2, 2024.

For more information, please contact Dr. Chelsey Bollinger

Past Winners


2023 Winners

JMU Literacy Alumni Award winner, Amanda Grover (left), Reading Specialist at Skyline Middle School

Literacy Teacher of the Year Award winner, Bobbie Jo Kite (right), First Grade at Elkton Elementary School



2022 Winners

Cicely Shelton-Barnes (left) received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from James Madison University. She has worked as an educator for the past 16 years. When not working, Cicely enjoys spending time with her family and reading.

Dr. Laurel Sviatko (right) teaches 8th grade English at Thomas Harrison Middle School in Harrisonburg, VA. Over the past 15 years, she has taught students in grades 7-12 in four different Virginia school divisions. Additionally, Dr. Sviatko teaches an Effective Writing course at Bridgewater College. She resides in Broadway, VA with her husband and three sons.

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