Angelyne Collins

Brookwood High School Media Specialist Angelyne Collins leads the school’s media program, which was recognized by the state as the 2020 Exemplary Library Media Program for High Schools.

Now it’s Collins’ turn for recognition as Gwinnett County Public Schools announced this week that she is the district’s 2021 Library Media Specialist of the Year.

The 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, GCPS officials said.

Collins will now compete for the Metro Area Library Media Specialist of the Year honor sponsored by the Georgia Library Media Association.

“Dr. Collins has a love for learning which is demonstrated through her authentic collaboration and excellent teaching,” Brookwood Principal Bo Ford said.

GCPS officials lauded Collins for her ability in “adapting the delivery of her resources and program to reach all students.” As an example, this year she pivoted to teaching and supporting her students 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,” GCPS officials said. “She has increased the number of audio and e-books in the school’s collection, offers curbside book pick-up for digital learners, and installed a Little Free Library Book exchange on campus.”

Collins also hosted a DIY Mask-arade Ball during lunch periods this past year, which allowed students to design and decorate their own custom face masks.

Price also said Collins’ use of platforms such as Canva and Adobe Spark to create flyers, Instagram posts and other graphics has increased communication efforts about the library media program.

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