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August 24, 2015 -- 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.
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.
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.”
Joy Hatcher, the new social studies program specialist, previously worked in
DeKalb County Schools’ Department of Professional Learning. Prior to that, she
spent 12 years as a social studies teacher at Elizabeth Andrews High School in
Stone Mountain, Ronald E. McNair High School in Decatur, and Columbia High
School in Decatur, where she was department head. Ms. Hatcher holds a Master of
Education degree from the University of Georgia, a Master of Science degree
from Miami University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of
Linsley, the new science program specialist, previously worked for the Oconee
River Youth Science and Technology Center, where he delivered STEM professional
learning to teachers in 12 public school districts. Prior to that, he was an
elementary science teacher at Rocky Branch Elementary School in Watkinsville
and Whitehead Road Elementary School in Athens.
new hires were approved by the State Board of Education last week.