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School Improvement

The Office of School Improvement encompasses the following areas:

  • Federal Programs 
  • Career, Technical & Agricultural Education
  • Teacher effectiveness, professional learning, teacher certification, and professional learning communities
  • Data support, student information, & testing
  • Implementation of the Georgia Standards of Excellence and the Georgia Performance Standards
  • Selection of a locally-approved, guaranteed viable curriculum to support the teaching of the state standards
  • Gifted instruction, honors and Advanced Placement courses, and dual enrollment
  • Support for faculty and students in instructional technology 
  • Multi-tiered support system for students
  • Academic competitions and literacy initiatives
  • Early learning programs, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten

As a public school system we teach the academic standards set by our state, which are currently the Georgia Standards of Excellence and the Georgia Performance Standards. We welcome the opportunity for our parents and educators to give objective and constructive feedback on these standards.With highly qualified faculty in place, the school system seeks their input to select curriculum materials that they and administrators feel are best to teach the standards. The selection of curriculum is always a local decision.

While the state sets academic standards, it is our job locally to ensure that we hire the most highly qualified faculty to teach the standards. In Bulloch County we invest in continued professional learning for our faculty to help them be most effective. We also provide proper time for faculty to plan and collaborate with their subject- and grade-level peers in professional learning communities . 

Because Bulloch County Schools uses professional learning communities in our system, these are a natural vehicle for faculty and administrators to constantly gather feedback on standards, curriculum and teaching methods. This helps ensure that our faculty are well-trained and well-prepared to lead students to success.

Key Contacts

Teresa Phillips, 
Executive Director


Mandy Motes, 
Administrative Assistant   

(Phillips, Veland, Giddens, Mulnix) 

Federal Programs

Georgiana Darsey, Director
912.212.8555; 912.489.5855 (Facsimile)

Teacher & Leader Effectiveness 

Kelly Spence, Director

Data Support & Testing

Dr. Noralee Edwards, Director

Carole Colson, Secretary

Brenda Kingery, Coordinator

Patricia Webb, Coordinator
Student Information Systems

Phyllis Harrison, Project Mgr.

School Improvement Directors

Dr. Julie Chance, Director

Career, Technical & Ag Education 912.212.8547

Dee Dee Bennett, Director
Pre-K & Early Learning 912.212.8551

Dr. Casey McNeely, Director
Gifted/Honors/Math/Resources  912.212.8571

Jeff Giddens, Director
STEM/Research/Tech. Fair  912.212.8552

Dr. Alissa Sasser, Director
English/World Languages    912.212.8572

Dr. Todd Veland, Director
Professional Learning Communities; Multi-tiered Support Systems

Debbie Sarratt, Director
Health/PE/Fine Arts/Sexuality Ed 

Sandra Adams, Director
Science & Social Studies 912.212.8558

Secretarial Support

Amanda McQuaig, Secretary
for Kelly Spence & Dr. Julie Chance

Jennifer Agnew, Secretary

McNeely, Sasser, Adams, Sarratt

Cyndi Westberry, Admin. Assist.
for Darsey & Bennett  912.212.8550

Technology Support

Patrick Mulinix, Tech. Liaison