Instructional Materials Under Review

Polk County Schools is under the review process for instructional materials in the K-12 science content areas.  These materials will be implemented in the 2018-2019 academic school year.  Science committees, that are comprised of teachers, administrators, and community members, are working together to create a consensus of the top two choices to present to the Polk County School Board in April. Preview the instructional materials that are under review.  If you would like to provide feedback, please fill out the survey.  If you would like to schedule a time to view the material in person, please contact Heena Gandhi at 863-519-8880.

For more information, please contact the following individuals.

About Us

The K-12 Teaching and Learning staff is dedicated to the district mission to provide a high quality education for all students. Department staff are experienced, knowledgeable practitioners working to ensure consistency, intensity and fidelity of the district curricular and instructional programs. 

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Graduation Information

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Name: Title: Phone:
Joseph McNaughton III Senior Director for K-12 Mathematics 863-534-0956
Ann Everett Senior Director for K-12 Literacy 863-534-0623
TBA Senior Director for K-12 Science 863-534-0632
Carolyn Bridges Senior Director for Innovation and Acceleration 863-534-0631
Cheryl Joe Senior Director for Professional Development 863-647-4270
Sandra Riley Hawkins Senior Director for Assessment, Accountability and Evaluation 863-534-0688
Teaching and Learning Staff
Diana Gunkel Secretary, Senior Director's 863-534-0018
Janice Hayes Library Media Services, Clerk Specialist 863-647-4715
Heena Gandhi Secretary III, Executive 863-519-8880
Lisa Rawls Academic Competitions, Coordinator 863-298-5713
John Miller Accelerated Programs, K-12 Curriculum Specialist 863-519-8676
Torsha Baker-Cunningham Literacy, Elementary Curriculum Specialist 863-534-7062
Julie Noel Literacy, Elementary Curriculum Specialist
Lindsey McDowell Literacy, Elementary Curriculum Specialist 863-534-0642
Kerri Foster Mathematics, Elementary Curriculum Specialist 863-534-0639
Dr. Milt Huling Science, Elementary Curriculum Specialist 863-519-8798
Kathleen Wright Physical Education, K-12 Curriculum Specialist 863-534-0660
Lindsay Persohn Library Media Services 863-647-4714
Bonnie Given Library Media Services 863-647-4716
Diane Plowden Director, K-12 Literacy 863-534-9207
Mieke Valk Literacy, Secondary Curriculum Specialist 863-534-0642
Ashley Ashley Literacy, Secondary Curriculum Specialist 863-534-0642
Joy Hall Literacy, Secondary Curriculum Specialist 863-534-0642
Jessica Haynes Mathematics, Secondary Curriculum Specialist 863-534-7071
Karrie Wikman Science, Secondary Curriculum Specialist 863-534-0627
Pablo Martinez Torres

World Languages and Foreign Exchange, Secondary Curriculum TRST

Bernadette Lane Social Studies, K-12 Curriculum Specialist 863-519-3669


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