GREENE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Leah Talbert has been a teacher at William Monroe High School for four years. While there, she has made a significant impact on the lives of the students she teaches.

Principal Kathryn Brunelle describes Talbert as a fantastic librarian, but also as someone who inspires others and is a positive role model for the students.

Talbert says her favorite part of being a librarian is the collaboration between the students and the teachers.

“As a librarian, you get the best of everything. You get to collab with the children, you get to collab with the teachers, and it’s amazing," Talbert said. 

There is an array of opportunities students can do in Talbert’s class, such as stations, book talks, one-on-one lessons, and more.

The energy in her classroom is captivating and all of the students are happy to be a part of it, which is why Talbert won Shenandoah Regional Librarian of the Year.

"It’s not just about the books, it’s about all the other stuff that goes into it. We have creative kits that kids can check out that they can try out a new skill at home. Of course, we have tons of great books and materials they can check out. It's the teen maker market, it's the passive stations that we have, It’s the collaboration with other teachers, it’s bringing in the community for different events, so I like to think it’s all the extras that go into it," Talbert explained. 

From vocabulary lessons to learning the meaning behind books, Talbert is giving her students a new way to embrace what they are reading in her classroom.