Teaching & Learning
Our mission is to produce high-achieving students.

Welcome to the Teaching and Learning Department website. The Teaching and Learning Department serves a vital role in the life of Houston County Public Schools.

This website is designed to provide information about our learning standards, as well as the expectations we have for student achievement.
Graduation Caps
Gifted & Talented Education page
Federal Programs Page
ESOL Page
English/Language Arts Page
Science Page
Mathematics Page
Social Studies Page
Career,Tech, & Agricultural Education Page
STEM Page
After-School Program
Health/Physical Education Page
Pre-K Page
Instructional Resources Page
Curriculum & Standards
Georgia Performance Standards

Understanding CCRPI  

Online Learning Opportunities
In a cooperative effort with Georgia Virtual School (GAVS), the Houston County School District provides additional learning opportunities for our students.  Interested parents and students should contact their school guidance counselor for more information.

ESEA
The federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) law holds public schools accountable for student performance and for providing parents with options when schools do not meet high academic standards. In addition, the law provides that students who attend any school that has been designated under the law as persistently dangerous may transfer to another public school. Students who have been a victim of violent crime at school also are eligible to transfer.

Georgia's Flexibility Waiver: The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) submitted to the U.S. Department of Education (US ED) an application requesting flexibility through waivers of ten Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) requirements and their associated, regulatory, administrative and reporting requirements. On February 9, 2012, Georgia's Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver was approved by the US ED. Two of the ten requested waivers directly affected Supplemental Educational Services (SES) and Public School Choice (Choice). The waiver allows for Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) greater flexibility in designing a Flexible Learning Program (FLP) tailored to the needs of their school and will have the capacity to serve more students in need for additional academic support.

Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, the GaDOE will transition from Needs Improvement (NI) distinctions based to Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports to Reward, Priority, Focus and Alert School distinctions based on the ESEA Flexibility Waiver formulas. Title I schools will now implement specific programs and interventions based on Reward, Priority, Focus and Alert Schools status. In addition, the GaDOE ESEA Flexibility Waiver outlines Georgia's new Single Statewide Accountability System, the College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI). The CCRPI will serve as a comprehensive report card for all schools in Georgia.

Title I schools not making adequate yearly progress (AYP) will transition from AYP to ESEA Flexibility Waiver formulas and may be identified as a Priority School or Focus School. Priority Schools and Focus Schools will be required to develop and implement the Flexible Learning Programs (FLP) beginning June 2012; if they meet one of the criteria set forth in the ESEA waiver as described below.

 Please note: Priority Schools and Focus Schools will be identified and served with support interventions for 3 years.

Rewards Schools-Title I Schools- 10 percent of Title I Schools- Highest Performing percent of Title I Schools and Highest Progress Title I Schools

Reward Schools' designations will replace Distinguished Schools and Distinguished Districts designations. Reward Schools will be identified annually. There are two ways a Title I school may be identified as a Reward School. A Title I school may be classified as either a Highest-Performing School or a High-Progress School.

Priority Schools- Title I Students Eligibility- 5 percent of Title I Schools- Lowest Achieving Title I Schools

Priority Schools will be identified every three years and the identified school will be served for 3 years through a Flexible Learning Program (FLP) support interventions. These Title I schools are among the lowest five percent of Title I schools in the state based on the achievement of the All Student group in terms of proficiency on the statewide assessments and has demonstrated a lack of progress on those assessments over a number of years in the All Students group; are Title I- participating or Title I-eligible high school with a graduation rate less than 60 percent over a number of years; or a Tier I or Tier II school under the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program that is using SIG funds to implement a school intervention model years.

Focus Schools- Title I Student Eligibility- 10 percent of Title I Schools

Focus Schools will be identified every three years and the identified school will be served for 3 years through Flexible Learning Program (FLP) support interventions. These schools ae Title I schools that have the largest within- school gaps between the highest-achieving subgroup or subgroups and the lowest-achieving subgroup or subgroups or, at the high school level, has the largest within-school gaps in graduation rates (within-school-gaps Focus School) are Title I high schools with a graduation rate less than 60 percent over a number of years that is not identified as a Priority School (low-graduation-rate Focus School).

Title I Alert Schools Based on 9 ESEA Subgroups- (does not include Priority Schools or Focus Schools).

Title I, Alert Schools will be identified annually. These schools are both Title I and non-Title I schools that fall into one of the three following categories using ESEA disaggregated subgroups or subject performance on both statewide assessments and graduation rate: Graduation Alert, Subgroup Alert or Subject Alert.

Houston County has four Title I Focus Schools and one non-Title Alert School: -Huntington Middle School (Focus School) -Northside High School (Focus School) -Perry High School (Focus School) -Westside Elementary School (Focus School) -Watson Center: Middle Grades at Crossroads Alternative Program (Alert School) 
Staff
Dr. Eric M. Payne
Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning
478-988-6181,10181

Mrs. Lazunia Frierson
Executive Director of Teaching and Learning
478-988-6200, 10217

Mr. David McDermott
Director of CTAE
478-988-6222, 10226

Mrs. Jan Jacobsen
Director of Gifted Education and Fine Arts
478-988-6395, 10393

Mrs. Blanche Lamb
Coordinator for Special Programs (Pre-K, H/PE, ASP)
478-988-6200, 10193

Mrs. Gretna Soltis
Coordinator of Social Studies (K-5) and Media Services (K-12)
478-988-6200, 10349

Dr. Melanie Watson
Coordinator of Social Studies (6-12)
478-988-6200, 10232

Dr. Amanda Yoh
Coordinator of Reading/ELA (K-5)
478-218-7500, 10236

Ms. Nikki Cooper
Coordinator of Mathematics (K-5)
478-988-6200, 10394

Dr. Amy Fouse
Coordinator of LA (6-12) & World Languages
478-988-6200, 10238

Ms. Juanita Hurd
Administrative Assistant for Teaching and Learning
478-988-6200, 10101

Mrs. Dana H. Morris
Director of Federal Programs
478-988-6200, 10392

Dr. Cassie Rape
Coordinator of Mathematics (6-12)
478-256-6666, 10522

Dr. Ann Williams-Brown
Coordinator of Science (6-12)
478-988-6200, 10225

Dr. Tonya Woolfolk
Coordinator of Science (K-5)
478-988-6200,10348

Mrs. Wanda  Holland
Secretary
478-988-6200, 10525

Mrs. Cathi Selph
Gifted Lead Teacher
478-929-7895

Mrs. Carla Thorpe
District Parent Involvement Coordinator
478-988-6200, 10908

Dr. Susan Gentry
Gifted and Talented Education Testing Diagnostician
478-338-0386

Mrs. Ashleigh Gravitt
Gifted and Talented Education Testing Diagnostician
478-338-1423

Ms. Stephanie Dixon
Secretary - Social Studies (K-5) and Special Programs (Pre-K, H/PE, ASP)
478-988-6200, 10330

Ms. Jenna Harter
Secretary - Reading and ELA (K-12)
478-988-6200, 10224

Mrs. Lori Mayfield
Secretary - Science (6-12), Gifted and Fine Arts
478-988-6200, 10395

Mrs. Lorrie Nix
Secretary - Science (K-5) and CTAE
478-988-6222, 10090

Mrs. Susan Rodriguez
Secretary - Mathematics (K-12)
478-988-6200, 10523

Ms. Mary O`Brien
Bookkeeper - Federal Grants
478-988-6200, 10380

Mrs. Yvette G. Singletary
Bookkeeper - Federal Grants
478-988-6200, 10233

Mrs. Sandi Couillard
Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator
478-322-3280, 50202