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Excellence in Equity Awards

Toni Salse
Champion of Equity – Librarian or Media Specialist

Toni Salse
Champion of Equity – Librarian or Media Specialist

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Toni Salse, Librarian at Sunset Ridge Elementary School in the Pendergast District, Arizona

“Toni’s dedication to students extends beyond the library’s physical space. She regularly volunteers her time to provide one-on-one support to struggling readers, serving as a mentor and advocate for those who need additional assistance. She has established a nurturing and inclusive atmosphere, where students feel comfortable seeking help and know that their individual needs are valued.”

Toni Salse, the School Librarian at Sunset Ridge Elementary School, is a compassionate and nurturing individual who consistently prioritizes the well-being of others. With a wealth of experience in the Pendergast Elementary School District, she has played various roles and has guided students at Sunset Ridge to achieve great accomplishments. Her unwavering dedication to the district spans many years, enabling both students and staff to thrive and excel under her caring guidance.

One of Toni’s key initiatives has been the establishment of a diverse and inclusive collection of books and resources. She has proactively curated materials that celebrate different cultures, races, genders, and abilities, allowing students to see themselves reflected in the literature and fostering a sense of belonging. Furthermore, Toni actively seeks out and incorporates feedback from students and families to continually improve the library’s offerings and create an environment where everyone feels valued.

Beyond her role as a librarian, Toni has extended her impact by collaborating with teachers and staff to incorporate equity practices throughout the curriculum. She facilitates workshops on culturally responsive teaching, helping educators to create inclusive lesson plans that honor the diverse experiences and perspectives of their students. Her efforts have resulted in a more equitable and engaging learning environment, where every child feels seen, heard, and respected.

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The 2024 Excellence in Equity Awards program was sponsored by:

September Strategies
September Strategies
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