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Brookwood High’s Collins named Media Specialist of the Year

     Brookwood High School Media Specialist Dr. Angelyne Collins is Gwinnett County Public Schools’ 2021 GCPS Library Media Specialist of the Year. The annual award honors a K-12 library media specialist whose program is exemplary in collaborative partnerships, development of research skills, incorporation of technology and the promotion of reading.Dr. Angelyne Collins

     Bo Ford, the principal of Brookwood High School, says Dr. Collins’ passion for students is on display every day. He says, “Dr. Collins has a love for learning which is demonstrated through her authentic collaboration and excellent teaching.” 

     Dr. Collins maintains her vision for the library media program by adapting the delivery of her resources and program to reach all students. This year, she successfully pivoted to teaching and supporting her stakeholders in concurrent classroom settings of digital and in-person learners. Her commitment to literacy includes creating an inclusive collection, and hosting video book talks and virtual author visits. She has increased the number of audio and ebooks in the school’s collection, offers curbside book pick-up for digital learners, and installed a Little Free Library Book exchange on campus. Unique to 2020, Dr. Collins hosted a DIY Mask-arade Ball during lunch periods, which allowed students to design and decorate their own custom face masks.

     The Brookwood High School media program, led by Dr. Collins, was recognized by the state as the 2020 Exemplary Library Media Program for High Schools. She will now compete for the Metro Area Library Media Specialist of the Year honor sponsored by the Georgia Library Media Association this spring.