Gold Hill Elementary

Media Center


The school library should be the heart of every school. It is a place where students and teachers can not only come to read, but also access a plethora of books, technology, and resources freely, safely, and in a comfortable, engaging environment. As a school librarian I will focus on promotion and advocacy of the school library as well as building a love for reading and learning amongst students. I will recognize the importance of strong media literacy skills and will encourage Students to become independent, lifelong learners of information through instruction, quality learning experiences, and collaborative activities. Perhaps most importantly, I will be committed to creating and maintaining a trusting, caring, creative, interactive, and orderly environment where teaching and learning are exciting and engaging and students are assisted as they develop skills.

About me...

My name is Michelle Swearingen, but most of the kids call me, "Mrs. S." I taught kindergarten and 1st grade for almost 10 years but recently decided I'd go back to school to get my Master's and teach K-5th in the library. I graduated with a Master's in Library and Information Science in 2019. This is my second year as a school librarian, as well as my second year at GHES. I have been married to my husband, a professor at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, for 6 years. I have two boys (ages 11 and 13) and he has two girls (ages 17 and 20). We live in Rock Hill with all the kids, two dogs, two cats, two guinea pigs, and a bearded dragon named Fluffy. In whatever spare time I have, I enjoy reading (of course!) but I also love camping and hiking. I'm a bit of a nerd, I'm still in love with the 80's and 90's, enjoy cult classic and horror movies, and collect vintage toys.

GHES Mission

At Gold Hill Elementary we:

  • connect by working together;

  • grow through teaching and learning;

  • choose kindness by helping others.


Our vision for GHES is to provide a safe, positive and nurturing learning environment where all students are encouraged to achieve their academic and personal goals. We value collaborative community as we prepare our students to become leaders in an ever-changing global society.


  • Learning is a lifelong process that promotes an improved quality of life

  • The learning environment is enhanced by positive relationships and mutual respect among all members.

  • Creativity and excellence are fostered in a challenging environment and promote higher levels of achievement through differentiation with instruction.

  • We believe in collective responsibility where leadership is shard and everyone assumes personal responsibility for student learning

  • We believe that children who begin each day as healthy individuals can learn more and learn better. A healthy staff can facilitate learning while promoting wellness.


Student Sites:

  • GHES Destiny - This is where you will find our card catalog. Search for books that our library offers!

  • Discus - South Carolina's Virtual Library is the “information place." Discus, which stands for Digital Information for South Carolina Users, provides free access to an electronic library that’s available 24/7.

  • Sora - The Sora app was designed around the modern student reading experience. It empowers students to discover and enjoy ebooks and audiobooks from their school, for both leisure and class-assigned reading.

  • GHES Google Library - Students have a class code which they can use to visit our Google Classroom. The classroom acts as a digital pathfinder for students to find information that interests them.

  • GHES Virtual Makerspace - Students can use the virtual makerspace when they are on the computers in the library and they can also access it at home.

  • Epic! - Students can use our class code: gzg5698 to access Epic! in their classroom as well as at home.

  • Interactive Nonfiction eBooks for GHES - Students have full access to over 600 interactive nonfiction eBooks. The books are aligned to our curriculum standards and can be used for research or recreational reading. No login information is needed, just follow the link to our school's database!

Parent Sites:

  • Common Sense Media - What's better than one book to love? A whole series of books! Check out Common Sense Media for reviews and recommendations from parents like you!

  • Good Reads - Are you deciding what to read next or want to know what others your age are reading? Good Reads offers reviews and recommendations from students and parents like you!

  • Literature Map - As part of the global network of discovery, you can find new books similar to ones that you have already enjoyed.