Brian Ashley Named APS Library Media Specialist of the Year

Brian Ashely
Brian Ashley Media Specialist, Deerwood Academy

By: Erica Fatima

Atlanta Public Schools proudly congratulates Brian Ashely, Media Specialist at Deerwood Academy for being chosen as APS’ Library Media Specialist of the Year! Brian was selected among many highly qualified candidates throughout the District and will go on to represent APS at the Georgia Library Media Association(GLMA) and Georgia Association of Instructional Technology (GAIT), who co-sponsor the Georgia School Library Media Specialist of the Year award. This prestigious award  recognizes K-12 library media specialists whose service has resulted in exemplary library media programs.

 “It was a very difficult decision for the committee to make. Brian and all of our media specialist are stellar and they continue to ensure that our libraries and media centers are filled with wonderful tools that enable our students to excel in the global market. Thanks to all our amazing media specialists,”said Dr. Warren Goetzel, Media Services Coordinator for APS.

The three APS finalists will receive a box of library books for their collection valued at approximately $500.

  • Tomiko Cobb – Dunbar ES
  • Carla Jackman – Parkside ES
  • Linda Green – Carver HS

Each school system in Georgia may select one library media specialist for the GLMA award. From those awarded at the school system level, one media specialist is selected as the regional Library Media Specialist of the Year.  The state Library Media Specialist of the Year is chosen from the regional winners and will be announced the GaETC Conference in November.  Also, the nine regional winners will be recognized and presented awards at GaETC. For more information on the award please visit

Congratulations Brian and best of luck moving on to the next level!

APS will also celebrate National School Library Week, April 10 through April 16. Many schools have great programs outlined in recognition of the week.

More information can be found at:




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