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GCPS selects Media Clerk of the Year

 January 12, 2023

     Gwinnett County Public Schools recently named Chrissy Boyce as its 2022-2023 Media Clerk of theKaren Lillard, Chrissy Boyce, and Julie Saunders Year. The GCPS Media Clerk of the Year award recognizes a media clerk, who, through individual leadership and sustained effort, has made worthy contributions to the operations of effective school library programs.

     Mrs. Boyce, who works at Brookwood Elementary School, said receiving the award is truly an honor. “I like the fact that this award exists because it highlights the role of the media clerk and its impact on the media program by supporting the entire school,” she said. “I’m proud to help students find books that make them excited about reading.”

     The honoree was nominated for the award by Karleen Reynolds, the media specialist at Brookwood Elementary. Reynolds said Boyce “loves her job. It is evident daily by how committed she is to helping all of our students and staff.” 

     Boyce believes that a welcoming media center promotes reading. She reads as many books as possible to familiarize herself with the collection. This knowledge gives her the ability to promote books and build connections with students through conversations. “All students, reluctant or voracious readers, need to be involved in their book choices because they are more likely to read a book they selected. I also want them to leave the media center knowing that I care about their needs and interests,” Boyce said.  

    In addition to fulfilling everyday media clerk responsibilities, Boyce assists in coaching the school’s Readers Rally team, gathers resources for research, manages volunteers, and is always willing to assist other media clerks in the county. “Media centers are very busy places and we should help one another.” By volunteering in the media center for six years before becoming the media clerk, she “knew this was what I wanted to do every day. I am blessed to work with a creative media specialist and be surrounded by kids and books!”