The Liberty County School System recently recognized Midway Middle School media specialist Cristina Dover for receiving the state’s 2011 Exemplary Library Media Program Award.
Each year, school-level media committees evaluate the services provided by media centers using a detailed rubric. In order to be nominated for the program, a school must score exemplary on a minimum of 14 target indicators.
The school library media program must be nominated, and the school media specialist must submit a written application to the Georgia Department of Education.
In addition, the school administrator must submit a one-page letter of support. Applications from across the state are reviewed by a panel.
“Mrs. Dover is a team player. She rejuvenated the media center to include all stakeholders at Midway Middle,” Principal Debra Frazier said. “She truly has a compassion for reading and is knowledgeable and creative in promoting others to share in the desire to make our community and school literate. Our staff has become technologically literate by way of various staff-development opportunities she has presented. Mrs. Dover shares instructional websites, resources and training opportunities for certified and classified staff members.”
Dover also serves as the media committee chairperson, according to Frazier.
“Cristina is a very dedicated media specialist who juggles many, many activities on our campus,” the principal said. “I can always depend on her to complete any given task.”
As part of the recognition, Dover will co-present a workshop with another selected middle school media specialist at the Georgia Education Technology Conference in November. She also will host an open house event so media specialists from around the state can watch her program in action.
“I am thrilled that Mrs. Dover will represent Liberty County at the Georgia Education Technology Conference, and her media program will serve as an example to other schools in the state,” LCSS media coordinator Jaime Rearley said. “She inspires students to read and collaborates with teachers daily to enrich instruction with information literacy and technology skills.”