• Eli Hardegree

Columbus High Welcomes New Media Specialist

As students return to CHS this semester, they will be greeted by a new face in the media center.


Following the retirement of Ms. Jan Carter, Columbus High welcomed Dr. Kimberly Scott as their new media specialist.


Dr. Scott came to CHS from Double Churches Elementary. She served 15 years there as the school’s media specialist and librarian.


“The five Librarian/Media Specialist (LMS) roles,” describes Scott, “are program administrators, leaders, instructional partners, informational specialists, and teachers.”


Her passion is to share with others what she has learned. The media specialist has advanced through numerous levels of education to live out this passion.


This even included serving in the military. “My term as a Computer Operator in the United States Navy gave me some background on the technology portion of the media specialist position,” explains Scott.


She would go on to earn her B. S. Ed. and M. Ed. from Columbus State University and complete the school library media add-on certification program at the University of West Georgia.


According to Scott, it took “three years of classes, 100 hours of internship, and a passing score on the state certification test,” to earn her school library media certificate.


The work didn’t stop there, though. While serving as Double Churches Elementary’s media specialist, Scott continued furthering her education, spending six years working towards earning her Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a Cognate in Instructional Technology from Valdosta State University.


“My dissertation,” explains Scott, “is titled An Examination of the Communities of Practice of Elementary School Librarians in Rural Settings.


Scott’s new position as the media specialist for CHS also comes with the opportunity to see some of her former students from Double Churches Elementary as high school students.


“It’s totally awesome to see Double Churches Elementary Wildcats as high schoolers… It’s amazing to see their continued growth and makes my heart smile that they remember me.”




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