The Muscogee County School District has announced its Media
Specialist of the year – Mrs. Marissa Brookins.
Mrs. Brookins, who is a media specialist for East Columbus
Magnet Academy, has been with the school district for eight years. Knowing that
she has an opportunity to make a positive impact on students and staff members
inspires her to do her job well every day.
“It’s my way of making a
difference in others’ lives; whether it’s teaching a class in a fun new way,
helping a teacher edit video for a project, finding the right book for a
student, locating resources a teacher needs for a lesson, or just simply being
the person a student can rely each day,” she says.
But it’s not always an easy task
as Mrs. Brookins serves as a resource for up to 600 students and 60 staff
members. While it can be a challenge, she says her role is very rewarding.
Some of her responsibilities include
teaching a class in a new fun way, helping a teacher edit a video for a
project, finding the right book for a student, and locating resources a teacher
may need for a student.
Mrs. Brookins was the first media specialist to renovate her
fiction section and the first to start building a collection for a makerspace.
“My absolute favorite thing
[about this job] is when I can spark or continue a love of reading in a
student,” Mrs. Brookins says. “I enjoy what I do and I’m proud to be one among
many classroom teachers and media specialists who wake up each day with the
opportunity to impact others in meaningful ways.”
Marissa Brookins was selected
based on the criteria set forth by the Georgia Library Media Association (GLMA).
The applicant had to have at least three years of experience as a certified
library media specialist, be a member of GLMA, and have reference letters.
Congratulations Mrs. Brookins!