State School Superintendent Richard Woods has hired personnel for two new positions at the Georgia Department of Education – one in science and one in social studies – in a move to offer more support to schools and prioritize all core content areas.
Mr. Kenneth Linsley, previously the Regional Coordinator for the Oconee River Youth Science and Technology Center, will serve as science program specialist. Ms. Amanda Joy Hatcher, previously a professional learning facilitator for DeKalb County Schools, will serve as social studies program specialist.
“In the first months of my term, I’ve spent time evaluating the GaDOE’s existing staff and making changes that align with our educational priorities,” Superintendent Woods said. “Each of these areas – science and social studies – previously operated with only one staff member. We’re currently undertaking a comprehensive review of the science and social studies standards, and as we raise expectations for students and teachers, it’s critical that we raise our levels of support. We will not alter standards or raise expectations without providing adequate training and support for teachers.”
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