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CCSD Teacher Selected To Serve as Statewide Virtual Specialist

Clark Creek ES STEM Academy science teacher Karen Garland is one of only seven educators statewide tapped as a virtual specialist to advise the Georgia Department of Education on best practices for science instruction and to help lead online professional development sessions for fellow science teachers.

The virtual specialists each represent a different grade level, with Garland selected to advise on teaching kindergarten through second grades.

“Teachers enjoy sharing ideas, strategies, or encouraging words to motivate, inspire, or reignite educator passion,” Garland said. “Connecting with others provides a touchstone for the inexperienced ones, answering questions on protocol and lesson plans, and translating school culture. Connecting provides an avenue to share our strengths while we benefit from the involvement and advice of others. As I believe in the whole child, I also believe in the emotional well-being of my peers and helping them reconnect to their purpose, creating a teacher growth mindset, and building emotional resilience.”