WHS Principal Honored by Georgia Library Media Association

WHS Principal Honored by Georgia Library Media Association

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Woodstock High School Principal Mark Smith’s strong support for his media center and its programs is readily evident, whether he is cheering on the Reading Bowl team, tweeting about media center activities, or even spending 10 hours on the floor with a wrench, assembling new library tables in time for the first day of school. His dedication to his school’s media center recently earned Mr. Smith the Georgia Library Media Association’s Distinguished Administrator of the Year award. He was surprised with the award by students, administrators, media specialists and his family in, where else, the Woodstock HS media center on March 9.

photo of Mark Smith with Media Specialists Kimberly George, left, and Jennifer Cogdill, right.

Mark Smith with Media Specialists Kimberly George, left, and Jennifer Cogdill, right.

Media Specialists Jennifer Cogdill and Kimberly George nominated Mr. Smith for the award, the first one ever given by the GLMA.


“When we think of moral support, we envision Mr. Smith. There is no other administrator who shows his support for media specialists with such veracity every single day,” they wrote. “He continually asks us, ‘What can I do for you?’ and ‘What do you need from me?’ in order to help us progress and advance our media center into a better place for students.”


Ms. Cogdill and Ms. George noted Mr. Smith’s support of their updates and changes to the media center in the last three years as they have changed the space physically and programmatically.


“Our school library is not the traditional library in which all is quiet with the focus on books,” they wrote in his nomination letter. “Mr. Smith is a supporter of this nontraditional library where we collaborate, we building instructional and community partnerships, we encourage students to create and we think aloud.”

photo of Amanda Graves at lecturn

Amanda Graves, media specialist at E.T. Booth MS and chair of the GLMA committee, addresses the crowd of students, administrators, family and media specialists.

Mr. Smith was also surprised at the award presentation by his wife, Katie, and sons Noah and Robert. The celebration included remarks by GLMA officers, presentation of an etched glass award, followed by refreshments.

From left, Holly Frilot, Coordinator of Grants and Awards for GLMA, Principal Mark Smith, and Amanda Graves, Chair of the Distinguished School Administrator Award committee.

Mark Smith, center, with his sons, Robert and Noah, and wife Katie.

Mr. Smith’s reaction upon seeing his celebratory decorations.