Our school media specialists are extraordinary, and we’re profiling our Innovation Zones’ Media Specialists of the Year to celebrate them. Please read all about the River Ridge Innovation Zone 2019 Media Specialist of the Year: Jacqueline Zaski of Arnold Mill Elementary School!
Arnold Mill Elementary School Media Specialist Jacqueline Zaski sees her role as an educator who uses the media center as her classroom.
This viewpoint of herself as an educator first leads Ms. Zaski to collaborate closely with teachers throughout the school in developing the best lessons possible for all students. It’s one of the reasons she was named the River Ridge Innovation Zone’s Media Specialist of the Year.
“Jacquie has a vision for all students and will help them, not just with media center questions, but with anything she can do to support and encourage them to excel in school,” Principal Dan Fuller said. “She truly understands where elementary school students are in terms of their social, emotional and academic development… and she is seen as a leader and a resource to students, parents and teachers, not only in our media center, but throughout the entire campus.”
Ms. Zaski, who has earned master’s and specialist’s degrees, works with her fellow educators to use the latest in educational trends, like gamification and Minecraft. She develops Rigorous Curriculum Design units, and coordinates joint lessons with teachers on topics from research to reading skills to STEM activities. She attends teachers’ Professional Learning Communities meetings to show them not only new technology, tools and tips, but also that she is available and interested in collaborating with them.
The media center, under the leadership of Ms. Zaski, who also won her Zone’s Media Specialist of the Year title in 2013, has been transformed from a traditional library to a “Future Ready” classroom. There, students can check out resources, use technology, participate in lessons, chill with a book in the “reading cave”… and be themselves.
In her own words: “Building collaborative partnerships with teachers is key to an effective media program.”
Special thanks to our Media Specialist of the Year program sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia! #CCSDfam