Retiring Media Specialist Peggy James has put Fayette County's Crabapple Lane Elementary School media center on the map in Georgia.
The elementary school’s media center was named “exemplary” last year by the Georgia Department of Education, an honor that is given to only one school per year. Now, as James gets ready to move on to another chapter in her life, she brings recognition to the school once again as the 2009 Georgia Library Media Association’s Library Media Specialist of the Year.
“Peggy is the reason our students rush to the media center each day. She has transformed our media center into a forest, pirate’s ship, beach in the Bahamas, barnyard with livestock, and a wedding chapel,” says Principal Doe Evans. “She involves our students by having them transport themselves to these far way places. She consistently searches for ways to make her teaching more interesting and informative.”
The award is given for individual excellence in the library media field through service to students, teachers and community at the K-12 levels. The winner must show that she has gone above and beyond what is expected in a normal media program by demonstrating use of innovative techniques, promotion of information technology utilization and literacy, promotion of reading and literature, involvement of parents and/or the community in the library media program, and working collaboratively with the school’s teachers.
As the state winner, James will receive $200, a commemorative plaque and a one-year membership to the Georgia Library Media Association.
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