If the Guilford County Schools (GCS) media centers were an
orchestra, Jean Howard would be its conductor. In her role as Media
Services program administrator, she oversees media specialists at 121
schools with energy, support and inspiration.
touting her virtues cited Ms. Howard's willingness to help with any
problem or concern, no matter how small. From professional development
to inventory efforts, she is credited as a patient and encouraging
leader who truly helps her staff thrive. Her dedication and love of
young readers shines during the annual Battle of the Books competition
in March, which requires great organization and planning. Says one
nomination: "My job is made richer because of her caring attention."
Employee of the Month, Ms. Howard was surprised with a $50 gift card
from Sam's Club, which has generously partnered with GCS to support the
employee recognition program. During the month of April, her photo will
hang at the district's central offices, as well as at the Sam's Club on