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Northeast Times | December 2, 2021

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GCISD announces new Executive Director of Learning

GCISD announces new Executive Director of Learning

Dr. Suzanne Newell, current GCISD Director of Humanities, has been named the Executive Director of Learning. Trustees approved the recommendation during a special board meeting on Monday, May 8.

“We are so excited to have Dr. Newell serve the students and families of GCISD in this new capacity,” said GCISD Superintendent Dr. Robin Ryan. “Like her predecessor, Dr. Newell is a champion for students and teachers and now she will have the opportunity to make a difference for every student and teacher in GCISD. We look forward to seeing how she continues the work of integrating rigorous curriculum with innovative teaching practices and the intentional development of staff with professional learning communities.”

The search for a new Executive Director of Learning began when Dr. John Doughney announced his retirement after 39 years of service to public education.

As the Director of Humanities, Dr. Newell developed a kindergarten through twelfth-grade alignment in the ways that students learn Social Studies and English Language Arts. She has helped refine the role of district librarians in how they serve students and staff across the district. Dr. Newell has also led the district’s efforts in incorporating student voice as a tool for providing feedback and improving teaching and therefore learning.