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 Sequoyah Innovation Zone 2019 Media Specialist of the Year Mia Temples of Hickory Flat Elementary School!
Hickory Flat Elementary School Media Specialist Mia Temples is in a league of her own, according to her Principal.
“She is a role model, a tech-savvy guru and a shining light,” Principal Whitney Nolan said. “Through her vision, she builds relationships and rapport with both students and staff members, while ensuring that materials, resources, and instructional strategies are relevant and provide appropriate rigor.”
Her experience, education (including master’s and specialist degrees), dedication in and out of the media center (instructional leadership team, Reading Bowl team co-chair, school news crew coordinator, spelling bee coordinator) and incredible care for her students and community led her colleagues to name her the Innovation Zone’s Media Specialist of the Year… for the second time.
Ms. Temples stays ahead of education trends through her devotion to personal professional development; just in the last three years alone, she’s earned Nearpod, Common Sense Educator, Microsoft Innovation Educator, Seesaw Ambassador and MindSet Certification. This school year, she earned a Constellation Energy grant that funded the creation of the media center’s first collection of children’s graphic novels.
She also serves as the Cherokee County School District’s elementary media specialist liaison to ensure the concerns and suggestions from her colleagues are heard at the District level.
In her own words: “Gone are the days of the librarian being solely a curator for books. Our teachers and students need more support than ever if we are going to successfully prepare both for 21st-century learning.”
Special thanks to our Media Specialist of the Year program sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia! #CCSDfam