WATERTOWN — Marlene D. Durgin, principal of Theresa Primary School, received the fifth annual Jefferson-Lewis BOCES Administrator in Support of School Libraries award on Friday.
The district’s School Library System awards an administrator annually to recognize their continued support of the library program in the district.
Mrs. Durgin supported new educational programs for the library, collaborates with library staff and urges both students and faculty to utilize the library on a regular basis, according to the nomination letter.
“Marlene facilitates the advancement of school libraries and is an educational visionary by supporting any current changes made in the library,” the letter stated.
With Mrs. Durgin set to retire at the end of the academic year, nominators and colleagues Tina Frank, Jessica K. Sines and Culleen I. Mandigo said the award would be a perfect send-off.
Mrs. Durgin was described as going above and beyond, for both the library and the school as a whole, whether it be dressing up on Halloween or recognizing students’ achievements during the afternoon announcements.
“She knows the importance of reading to students for fun so they can take reading with them in their everyday lives. She encourages author and illustrator visits to our school and even takes it to the next level,” Ms. Mandigo said, mentioning how Mrs. Durgin brought in her 200-pound pig Wilma to school for the reading of “Our Principal Promised to Kiss a Pig.”
Upon her acceptance of the award, Mrs. Durgin said she was in complete shock, admitting she has never been this surprised in her whole life.
Mrs. Durgin added that her faculty and staff in the district are to thank for her success.
“I have had a wonderful career at Indian River, and especially at Theresa Primary, but I couldn’t do what I do without the people I work with,” Mrs. Durgin said. “We are a team and you are all superheroes in my book.”