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North Gwinnett's Stewart named Media Specialist of the Year

Jim Stewart, the media specialist at North Gwinnett High, middle, stands with, Nathan Ballantine, left, principal of North Gwinnett, and Mary Barbee, director of media services and technological training. Stewart was recently honored as the Gwinnett County School Library Media Specialist of the Year. (Special Photo)

Jim Stewart, the media specialist at North Gwinnett High, middle, stands with, Nathan Ballantine, left, principal of North Gwinnett, and Mary Barbee, director of media services and technological training. Stewart was recently honored as the Gwinnett County School Library Media Specialist of the Year. (Special Photo)

Already well-known around the hallways at North Gwinnett High, Jim Stewart can add another highlight to his seven years serving as the media specialist for the Bulldogs.

Stewart is this year’s Gwinnett County School Library Media Specialist of the Year, an award that highlights individual excellence in the library media field through service to students, teachers, and community at the K-12 levels.

This is another item in a growing list of accomplishments for Stewart. He was named North Gwinnett High Teacher of the Year in 2003 and 2011, School Council Member and membership on the Gwinnett County Media Leadership Team.

As the Library Media Specialist of the Year for Gwinnett County Public Schools, Stewart will compete for the Metro District Media Specialist of the Year title.

Stewart was selected by the school district’s library media committee based on his promotion of reading and literature, leadership role, and involvement of parents and community members as partners.

Among some of the projects Stewart has worked on that he’s proud of are helping an economics class replace a traditional notebook presentation with a student-built web site that students submitted as part of a project.

Stewart also showed teachers how to use an online database to collect web addresses for the finished projects, which saved teachers time and taught students how to apply technology while they learned important economic principles.

“Jim has built a strong reputation that represents service and student academic success,” Nathan Ballantine, principal of North Gwinnett High, said in a press release.

Stewart earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree from North Georgia College and State University. He completed his media specialist certification at UGA, and joined North Gwinnett High 18 years ago.