Academics

Academics

The goal of the Gainesville City School System Academic team is to support evidence-based instructional practices. While implementing the Georgia Standards of Excellence, teachers are encouraged to use a variety of differentiated and innovative strategies. Through areas of focus such as MTSS and PBIS, the department helps supports the priorities of the Gainesville School System Strategic Plan.

For information regarding our elementary programs, please contact Dr. Leigh Sears; for information regarding our federal programs, please contact Shea Ray, for information regarding assessment, please contact Dr. Paula Rufus, for information regarding special education, please contact Beth Skarda, and for information regarding Pre-K and Migrant Services, please contact Donna Allen.

Sarah Bell
  Sarah Bell
Deputy Superintendent
sarah.bell@gcssk12.net
Shea Ray   Shea Ray
Director of Federal Programs 

shea.ray@gcssk12.net
Dr. Paula Rufus   Dr. Paula Rufus
Director of Research and Evaluation
paula.rufus@gcssk12.net
Leith Sears
  Dr. Leigh Sears
Director of Elementary Schools
leigh.sears@gcssk12.net
Donna Allen   Donna Allen
Director of Pre-K and Migrant Services 

donna.allen@gcssk12.net
Beth Skarda   Beth Skarda
Director of Special Education 

elizabeth.skarda@gcssk12.net
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