Our school media specialists are extraordinary, and we’re profiling our Innovation Zones’ Media Specialists of the Year to celebrate them. Please read all about the Cherokee Innovation Zone honoree, Anne Nechvatal of Cherokee High School!
Anne Nechvatal has made a lasting impact on the profession of media specialist, with countless colleagues throughout CCSD and statewide naming her as inspiration and mentor.
She’s thrice been named her Innovation Zone’s Media Specialist of the Year, and, in 2017, went on to earn the Cherokee County School District, Regional and State titles.
Ms. Nechvatal has plenty of experience and education (including master’s and specialist degrees focused in her field), but she also has something more important: boundless joy for her daily work and the students and teachers she serves.
“After a lifetime spent around educators, I have never seen the equal to Anne,” one colleague said, raving about the lessons Ms. Nechvatal creates for classes when they visit the media center, the way she has transformed it from a hushed library to a bustling center for all media, and her willingness to wear any hat needed from debate judge to “breakout” challenge leader. “I will never see the role of media specialist the same. Anne has redefined it for me, just as she changed the space for students at Cherokee High School.”
That “breakout” challenge is one of her most recent creative collaborations, for which she worked with Cherokee High’s Advanced Placement (AP) European History teacher. Using the class textbook, physical artifacts, and library books, they created “clues” for students to use to solve questions related to the lesson at hand in order to “unlock” a treasure box with a reward inside for the winning team. “The students loved this activity and asked for more lessons designed in this manner,” she said.
In her own words: “I feel like the students are my customers, and I want to offer the best customer service possible. I try not to ever let them go away empty handed.”
Special thanks to our Media Specialist of the Year program sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia!