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"Every student deserves a great teacher, not by chance, but by design."

-Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie


The Professional Learning Department will provide a comprehensive professional learning system aligned with individual, school, and district goals that cultivates growth through the practice of continuous improvement.

Our Goals: Every lesson and all student work are fully standards-aligned and delivered equitably so that all students are able to meet the standards and are prepared for what's next.  Our school district offers a positive and supportive learning environment where all stakeholders believe in their impact and ability to work collaboratively to challenge mindsets and increase learning potential.


Professional Learning Menu: Image of cog: Growth Mindset, School Culture, Teacher Voice, Disrupting Poverty.  Image of a checklist: Learning Walks/Tools, Lesson Study, ERPL Support.  Image of a pencil: Gradual Release, Questioning, Universal Lesson Design, Student Engagement, Student Voice.  Image of a play button: PLC Support, Collaborative Inquiry, Refecting on Teaching, Decision Making, Goal Setting.

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Professional Learning & School Improvement

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Volusia County School District

P O Box 2118

DeLand FL 32721-2118

Location: Brewster Center - DeLand

Phone: 386-734-7190

Office Hours: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Christy Mahaney, Coordinator


Ext. 20549

Meg Roa, Specialist


Ext. 20548

Wafa Picciolo, Instructional Program Lead for Coaching


Ext. 20504

Meredith Egan, Lead Instructional Coach


Ext. 20690

Claudine Henderson, Lead Instructional Coach


Ext. 20425

Linnette Hernandez, Lead Instructional Coach



Sarah Dowdell, Office Specialist


Ext. 20551

Miriam Gaylord, Office Specialist


Ext. 20552

Crystal Bradley, Office Specialist


Ext. 20550