The Bulloch County Public School system is known for its excellent media specialists. Now, Denise Borck, the media specialist at William James Middle School, was just selected as one of the best in Georgia.
After being recently chosen William James’ Teacher of the Year, Borck was picked by both the Georgia Association of Instructional Technologists and the Georgia Library Media Association as the Library Media Specialist of the Year for the Coastal Georgia District.
The honor puts her in the running as one of six specialists from across the state who may be selected as Georgia's Media Specialist of the Year. The top honor will be announced at the annual Georgia Council of Media Organizations gathering in Athens Oct. 13-15.
William James principal Mike Yawn admitted to being somewhat in awe of Borck’s technology skills. As a result, he put her in charge of the school's Professional Development Team, which sees to it that the school's faculty and staff how know how to use all their electronic teaching aids.
When students began talking to her about book reports last year, she had an idea on how to make the much-dreaded task something kids would enjoy doing.
In the age of high-tech gadgets, Bork decided to show students how to create “Book Trailers” instead of writing reports. Essentially, they are movie trailers written about a book. These visual projects were an instant hit with the kids, who loved making them, and with their classmates and teachers, who loved watching them.
In fact, after uploading all of last year’s book trailers,” Borck decided to propose leading a workshop on the novel idea at the upcoming National Middle School Association Conference. Her proposal was quickly accepted by fellow middle school teachers and specialists.
Borck said that she spends much of her time leading classes at the school on how to set up blogs and how to build and maintain Web pages. Borck said Web-based tools can make a teacher’s job much easier.
Raised in Millen by her parents, Patricia and Jerry McMillan, she and her husband, Thomas, a sixth grade math teacher at William James, have two children, Bailey and Kinsey.
Borck completed her education at Georgia Southern University, where she earned Bachelors, Masters and Educational Specialist's degrees in Middle Grades Education. While she came to William James to teach Geography, the fast-growing world of the Media Specialist is now her passion.