Buffy J. Hamilton
About Me--My Career Journey
I am a literacy educator with 26+ years of experience as a high school and middle school Langauge Arts teacher, high school media specialist, and technology integration specialist. I am currently an 8th grade Language Arts teacher at Chestatee Academy in Gainesville, Georgia.
I served Cherokee County Schools as a Language Arts teacher, technology specialist, and media specialist between 1992 and 2012. I was recognized for my teaching excellence twice with the Golden Apple Teaching Award during my twenty year tenure with CCSD. In 2006, I opened and established The Unquiet Library program at Creekview High; this program received numerous state and national awards and recognition during the seven years I ran the program. I was recognized as the School Librarian of the Year for the state of Georgia in 2010; I was also the winner of the Exemplary High School Media Program for the state of Georgia in 2011. In addition, I was selected as a 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker.
In January 2013, I was hired as the Learning Strategist for the Cleveland Public Library. After my mother was unexpectedly diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer, I returned home to Georgia in July 2013 to care for my mother while working as a media specialist at Norcross High in the Gwinnett County Public School District. During my time at Norcross High, my fellow media specialist Jennifer Lund and I led a renovation of the media center space while completing a major weeding and overhaul of the print collection.
In 2015, I took over as media specialist at Chattahoochee High School in Johns Creek, Georgia where I helped lead a renovation of the library that took place during the summer of 2016. I established an instructional program for the media center that included significant teaching partnerships with teachers and students in Fine Arts, Language Arts, and ESOL. I was also recognized with a faculty award for creativity in November 2015. In addition to implementing a new attendance tracking software program for the media center program, I also completed a significant clean-up of the library catalog and print collection. I also won a grant for $1000 from the school PTA program to purchase e-books for our Gale Virtual Library. My efforts and leadership were recognized with an exemplary annual evaluation.
In 2016, I decided to return to the Language Arts classroom and served as the Title I writing teacher at Chestatee Academy in Gainesville as well as an 11th and 12th Language Arts teacher at Lanier High in Gwinnett County before returning to Chestatee for the 2018-19 school year. I have received an annual rating of exemplary the last three years; my evaluations are available upon request.
I’m passionate about creating meaningful learning experiences for learners of all ages. I’m a 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker who loves dogs, shopping, running, music, and poetry. I previously blogged at The Unquiet Librarian and for DMLCentral; you can read about my current adventures and reflections as a literacy educator at Living in the Layers.
Teaching Highlights 2018-2019 Chestatee Academy 8th Language Arts
Highlights of Work at Lanier High 2017-2018
Instructional Work as a Teacher: The War Eagle Writing Studio
The Unquiet Librarian
Read my blog where I reflect on my work as a teacher, learner, and librarian.
Honors, Awards, Presentations, and Publications
Read My Blog Posts at DMLCentral
Read my blog posts for Digital Media and Learning Central.
Highlights of Instructional Work at Chattahoochee High School 2015-16
2015-16 Media Center Multimedia Annual Report
Click here to read the highlights of instruction and learning in the Hooch Learning Library Studio from 2015-16!
Hooch Learning Studio Blog
Click here to browse and read the Hooch Learning Studio blog for 2015-16.
Collaborative Instructional Partnerships at CHS
Click here to learn more about my work with students and teachers at Chattahoochee High School.