Hall County Content Specialists develop and manage digitally-enhanced curriculum on Canvas, the district’s learning management system. They collaborate to manage HCSD Curriculum Communities to ensure teachers throughout the district have adequate resources to effectively implement blended learning strategies that incorporate effective pedagogy. In addition to building content, the specialists are also available to provide relevant professional learning to build capacity and help teachers and school leaders use data-driven and evidence-based teaching practices to increase student engagement and achievement.
Digital Convergence is the successful intersection of five major categories of work through which Digital Convergence can successfully occur—Leadership, Instructional Models, Modern Curriculum, Digital Ecosystem, and Professional Learning—to redesign existing infrastructure and resources to support modern learning (Modern Teacher, 2016).
The mission of the Digital Convergence team is to provide quality digital resources, professional learning,
and instructional support for teachers in the Hall County School District.
Digital Convergence works with each school’s Blended Learning Support Team (BLaST) and instructional team to support the implementation and integration of blended learning strategies. This includes targeted professional learning, product trainings, and support for establishing processes that will help sustain growth and innovative instructional practices.
Laney Park began her teaching career in 2009 and over the span of 9 years she taught 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades. She became the Elementary Content Specialist in 2018. She has earned a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia and an Education Specialist degree in Instructional Technology with Library Media certification from Valdosta State University. Additionally, she holds Math, Reading, Gifted, Science, and Coaching endorsements. Laney loves working with teachers to engage students and enhance and extend student learning goals.
Katie has been an educator since 2007. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Middle Grades Education. She also has a Masters degree in Elementary Education and a Specialist degree in Leadership and Administration. She has taught 6th and 8th grade Math and Science as well as 9th grade Math. She became the Middle Grades Math Content Specialist in 2019. Katie’s certifications include Middle Grades Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts, as well as High School Math. She also has her gifted endorsement. Before becoming a Content Specialist, Katie served as an Instructional Coach at the middle school level. She loved being able to work with students as well as teachers. In her current role, she strives to create content that is both teacher and student friendly, and she enjoys learning new things that she can use to help create engaging content that results in deep understandings.
Cindy has been an educator since 1991. Cindy earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1989 and a Secondary Math Education add-on in 1991, both from North Georgia College. In 1992, she earned a Masters degree in Middle School Math, Social Science and Language Arts from Brenau University. She also has an Educational Specialist degree in Instruction and Curriculum from Piedmont College. Additionally, she has a gifted endorsement. Cindy became the High School Math Content Specialist in 2019. Her favorite part of being a content specialist is the opportunity to support Hall County teachers in their instructional planning and delivery by creating ready- to-use resources that are both challenging and engaging.
Emily joined the Hall County School district in 2013 as a teacher at Chestatee High School. She holds a bachelor’s in Literature and Language, where she spent her final year in residence at the University of Oxford, completing her senior-level studies in the rigorous tutorial system. Upon returning to the States, Emily earned her Master in the Arts of Teaching degree at Columbus State University. Most recently, Emily earned her doctorate from Vanderbilt University in which she focused on Leadership and Learning in Organizations. During her career in Hall County, Emily has served as a teacher, department head, lead assessment writer and editor, content specialist, and contractor. She currently serves as the High School English Language Arts Content Specialist. Her favorite part of this position is the opportunity to work alongside teachers as they leverage theory and application in ways that support the authentic engagement of all students in the learning environment. When not engaged with HCSD, Emily enjoys working to bridge the gap between secondary and post-secondary schools through effective teaching practices, often working pro bono to support local universities and their educators.
Courtney has been a middle grades ELA educator since 2013. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Middle Grades Education from North Georgia College & State University. Courtney has also earned her Master’s, Specialist, and Doctorate degrees in Curriculum & Instruction from Piedmont University. She also holds her ESOL and Gifted Endorsements and has completed both of Hall County’s Growing Teacher Leaders and Growing Administrator Leaders programs. Courtney served as the Middle Grades ELA Content Specialist as a contracted position in 2021-2022, and she is excited to be serving as a full-time Content Specialist starting in the 2022-2023 school year. In her personal life, Courtney is married to a high school educator and coach, Andrew, and they have two sons, Mason and Luke. She is most excited to serve our students of Hall County on a larger scale as she supports our amazing ELA teachers with meaningful and relevant content and curriculum.
Eddie began his career in education in 1994. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree, both from the University of Georgia. He also earned an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University. During his career, he has served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal. Millwood currently serves as the Director of Digital Convergence for the Hall County School District. His favorite part of his current position is working with schools to provide support and resources that will enhance the instructional experience for students.
Laney Park (Elementary Content Specialist) firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie Miller (Middle School Math Content Specialist) email@example.com
Cindy Grier (High School Math Content Specialist) firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Lott (High School ELA Content Specialist) email@example.com
Courtney Peck (Middle School ELA Content Specialist) firstname.lastname@example.org
Eddie Millwood (Director of Digital Convergence) email@example.com
Modern Teacher. (2016, May). Digital convergence: The path toward the K-12 modern learning environment.https://www.esc12.net/upload/page/0125/Digital-Convergence-Whitepaper.pdf
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