Jan is top of the class

Jan Murdoch with education award.
Jan Murdoch with education award.

An Ellon school librarian has won a leading national education award.

Jan Murdoch, who works at Ellon Academy, has won the Educational Supporter of the Year accolade at the Scottish Education Awards 2013.

The network librarian was one of three finalists in the category and was assessed by judges at the academy in April.

The award recognises those within the school or pre-school setting who support children, young people, staff and the life of the school and wider community.

Jan won the leading award thanks to her dedication to the pupils of Ellon Academy.

She has introduced several school initiatives that underline her commitment to literacy and has established and led interdisciplinary learning opportunities across the school, equipping students with the skills required to achieve their goals during their school career and beyond.

The judges found her work promoting reading for lifelong learning, along with her pleasant and encouraging approach, meant that pupils feel the library is the ideal place to study or find peace.

Jan told the Times: “I think it’s a real honour to have been nominated by some wonderful teaching colleagues here at Ellon Academy.

“It’s great recognition for the academy and for libraries in Aberdeenshire. It’s very much a team effort here within Ellon Academyand the Ellon network libraries, because we all have a huge part to play.

“I’m really fortunate to work with some wonderful teams.”

Jan’s nomination was submitted by the school’s principal teacher of English, Marie Glendinning.

She said: “The judges were impressed by Jan and by pupils and staff in the wider school when they came to visit.

“We had every faith that she was going to win and she is very deserving.

“We are delighted for her and it’s a great boost for the school. She as an individual is very deserving, but her positivity has a knock-on effect for many pupils and many staff.”

Jan’s success was announced on Monday.