Teaching & Learning
The Department of Teaching and Learning supports the instruction Whitfield County educators design for students and helps to design the professional learning opportunities available to school district employees.
The faculty and staff of the Whitfield County School District are committed to using effective instructional practices that are non-negotiable in every classroom. Our goal is for all students in the Whitfield County Schools to be successful because they will achieve at their highest level. Click to download these Non-Negotiable Classroom Practices.
Teaching and learning team members strive to support our teachers and staff across all grade levels and content areas, working with their colleagues across the district to design meaningful, challenging, and engaging work for students that pushes them to seek improvement and achieve at higher levels.
Who is on the Teaching and Learning Team?
The Teaching and Learning team, led by Assistant Superintendent Karey Williams, includes directors in the areas of elementary, middle, and high school curriculum, and support for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and world languages. They are:
- Dr. Merry Boggs—Elementary Curriculum
- Michelle Caldwell—Middle School Curriculum
- Tom Appelman—High School Curriculum
- Dr. Meg Baker—ESOL & World Languages
District leaders are supported by a network of lead teachers in schools across the district in the areas of Counseling, EIP, Fine Arts, Gifted, Health & P.E., and Media.
|Area of Expertise||Lead Teacher|
|Fine Arts||Kristi Harvey|
|Health & P.E.||Lyn Douglas|
|Gifted (Middle/High)||Shanda Hickman|
|Gifted (Elementary)||Phyllis Thompson|
These leaders work with the Teaching and Learning team as liaisons to provide clear communication for their colleagues in the schools and deliver regular opportunities for improvement to teachers throughout the school district.
What is the role of the Teaching and Learning Team?
The focus of teaching and learning is to help teachers design meaningful, challenging, and engaging learning experiences for students.
Team members work with Human Resources to design engaging professional learning opportunities for teachers with relevant work, guiding them to curriculum resources that foster their development.
The Teaching and Learning team serves as a link connecting parents, schools, and the community because team members believe everyone plays a crucial role in the successful education of students.