Deal Named DCSS Library Media Specialist of the Year
Posted on 03/21/2022
Heather Deal of Stewart Middle School was named Douglas County School System’s Library Media Specialist of the Year (LMSOTY) for the 2021-2022 School Year.

The Georgia Library Media Association and Georgia Association of Instructional Technology co-sponsor the Georgia LMSOTY Award to recognize a K-12 library media specialist with dynamic, innovative programs, and whose instructional collaborations foster student engagement and achievement.

Deal has been in education for over 20 years, and she has been a media specialist for more than 10 of those years. After earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mercer University, she obtained her media certification from the University of West Georgia in 2014.

Before working as a media specialist, Deal spent time as a classroom teacher. Along with working in the classroom, she has also served as a leader in many different capacities and been a member of several committees and boards within her schools.

As a media specialist, Deal’s mission is to continue making the media center a hub of knowledge, information and growth for teachers, students and the community.

“As a library media specialist, my vision is to create a 21st century learning environment that seeks to provide an academic atmosphere that encourages lifelong learning,” said Deal. “The media center strives to be the learning hub of the school that promotes achievement for all stakeholders through equitable access to resources, teaching literacy skills, and deepening an appreciation for literature and reading.”

To do this, Deal is one of her school’s leaders in learning and sharing new technology with students and teachers while also working hard to help students become stronger independent learners by teaching research skills and instilling a love of reading.

Now that Deal has been named DCSS’ LMSOTY, she will now advance to compete at the regional level of the competition.
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