KES’ Beyer is 2019 PSS Librarian of the Year


Natalie Hill Beyer, left, shakes the hand of Education Commissioner Glenn Muña as she is announced as the Public School System 2019 Librarian of the Year. (Erwin Encinares)

Kagman Elementary School librarian Natalie Hill Beyer was named over the weekend as the 2019 Librarian of the Year of the Public School System.

The announcement was made at the Kanoa Resort last Friday morning, completing PSS’ roster of annual awards.

Beyer bested four other nominees—librarians from William S. Reyes Middle School, Kagman High School, Marianas High School, and the Tinian Jr. Sr. High School.

Beyer’s work at the KES library includes several projects such as the introduction of building materials for those interested in science, technology, engineering, and math.

“This is an honor. I wouldn’t be here without my amazing cohort,” Beyer said in her acceptance speech. “It is such a relief to know that I have mentors in school. I gather my ideas from you and I am inspired by you, guys.”

“Any achievement that I have in my school library is because I am working with great minds and I am able to be inspired by all of you,” she added.

Beyer won the same award last year.

“It’s a surprise that I won because there were a lot of very special things that my colleagues have been doing, so I think there are some other teachers that are very deserving of this,” she said in a later interview.

Beyer started her career with PSS at Hopwood Middle School as a social studies teacher and as a vice principal for curriculum and instruction before moving to Kagman. She was with Hopwood for almost nine years and with KES for almost four years.

Beyer developed this year a “maker space” in the library, where students go to create, build, and design.

“One of the areas we have in the ‘maker space’ is the Lego zone,” she said.

With that, students were able to come in and do STEM challenges, as well as participate in Lego clubs and project-based learning.

“It challenges them to be creative, think critically, and to work collaboratively with their classmates,” she said.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.
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