The Georgia Library Media Association (GLMA) and GAIT (Georgia Association of Instructional Technology) recently announced that Cobb’s Ashley Sherman is the 2020 Metro Regional Library Media Specialist of the Year. Ms. Sherman is the library media specialist at Frey Elementary School
The Metro region includes Cobb, Clayton, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Rockdale counties. Ms. Sherman is now one of nine media specialists from across the state who are competing for the title of Georgia’s Library Media Specialist, which will be announced later in the year.
Ms. Sherman is the epitome of a library media specialist, according to Holly Frilot, Cobb Schools Library Media Education Supervisor. She ‘leads from the middle’ and collaborates with the teachers at Frey to create engaging lessons centered on standards, as well as digital and print literacy skills. Her program is infused with her passion and personality, and students are excited about reading, the Makerspace activities, and simply being in in the positive environment she has created in the library learning commons.
“Additionally, Ashley is a leader in the district as well as the state of Georgia,” Ms. Frilot added. “She has served on the district Library Media Leadership Team, has led many district professional learning sessions, and is a member of the Communications Team for the Georgia Library Media Association. She has positively impacted so many with her knowledge, collaborative nature, and innovative spirit!”
Frey Assistant Principal Melissa Faklaris agrees with Ms. Frilot’s praise of her school’s award-winning media specialist.
“Ashley Sherman is at the forefront of leading the changes and renovations in the Frey Learning Commons and media program. The Frey Learning Commons is truly a diverse learning space that operates as the hub of instruction at Frey,” said Assistant Principal Faklaris.
The Frey assistant principal pointed toward’s the school’s Certified Learning Commons award and the Frey educator’s work as the school’s news, technology, and safety patrol sponsor as examples of her contributions to student success.
She also hosts multiple book clubs for students third through fifth grade and coaches Frey’s reading bowl team for fourth and fifth grade students.
In 2018, Mrs. Sherman was awarded the Judy Serritella Exemplary Library Media Award.
“Mrs. Sherman’s dedication to the students and staff of Frey are apparent in all she does,” Assistant Principal Faklaris praised. “She takes a true leadership role in the school and district and continuously strives to provide the best resources for our school. We are proud to call her one of our own Frey Flames!”
Despite the praise of her principal and Cobb Schools supervisor, the Frey media specialist is very humble. It is the love of her job that drives her.
“I tell people all the time that I have one of the best jobs in the entire school. I have the opportunity to merge my love of reading and technology with instruction (digitally or face-to-face) on a daily basis. I get the chance to see a student’s face light up when they tell me about a book they finished that they loved, and I get to see a teacher’s excitement when we work together to introduce new concepts,” Ms. Sherman said. “I am beyond honored to receive the award as the Cobb County Media Specialist of the Year, and now to represent Cobb as the Metro Regional winner, I feel like I get the opportunity to highlight just how amazing it is to work in the heart of the school.”