Newsmaker: Joan Trimble
Residence: Forest Hills
Family: Husband, Wayne; sons, Jeremy and Timothy
Occupation: Librarian at Fairless Intermediate School in the Woodland Hills School District
Background: Trimble has been a librarian at Fairless Intermediate since November 2004. She worked at Woodland Hills as a student reading aide from March 1999 to November 2004.
Education: Bachelor's degree in secondary education from California University of Pennsylvania in 1977; master's degree in library and information science from the University of Pittsburgh this year
Noteworthy: Trimble is one of three winners of this year's "Student Award" from the University of Pittsburgh's School Library Certification Program. Her award, which was based on peer nominations, said that Trimble shows professional promise and has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement. She received a $1,000 prize at a School Library Certification Program awards dinner last month in Hershey. One reason her peers nominated her is a fundraiser she helped start that has a goal of raising $55,000 to buy an ambulance for a hospital in the African country of Tanzania.
Quote: "This award is so humbling. It came as a shock to me. I try to do as much as I can for my students."