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Professors-in-residence are UGA College of Education faculty who work 50 percent of their time in Clarke County schools supporting College of Education students through a combination of teaching on-site courses and supervising students doing field work. At the same time, they also support Clarke County School District teachers and administrators through professional learning and school-based projects.

The Professional Development School district has three professors-in-residence who serve district-wide and five who are school-based.

District-wide Professors-in-Residence

Portrait of Sally J. Zepeda (leadership)

Sally J. Zepeda (leadership)

Sally Zepeda, professor in the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy, has been a district-wide professor-in-residence with a focus on leadership development for six years. She supported the development of the school district's teacher evaluation system, developed and supported the implementation of an instrument focused on observable practices, and is now aligning the Teacher Keys Evaluation System to fit the local context of teaching and learning in Clarke County. Her book, Job-embedded Professional Development: Support, Collaboration, and Learning in Schools, features nine cases from the field written by central office leaders and coaches, teachers and principals from the school district. Philip Lanoue (previous superintendent) and Zepeda have co-authored two refereed articles and two book chapters related to leadership development.

Portrait of Sonia Janis (secondary social studies education)

Sonia Janis (secondary social studies education)

Sonia Janis, clinical associate professor in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice, became a district-wide professor-in-residence in fall 2017 after serving as the professor-in-residence at Cedar Shoals High School for three years. She now works with social studies teachers at three middle schools and two high schools. She supports her UGA social studies teacher candidates in classrooms as they lead small-group and collaborative projects, such as the Social Studies Fair, with students throughout the school district. She also mentors secondary social studies teachers who mentor her teacher candidates, and she partners with Laura Ambrose, the district's social studies curriculum coordinator, to provide professional learning.

Portrait of Richard O. Welsh (educational policy, equity, and school discipline)

Richard O. Welsh (educational policy, equity, and school discipline)

Richard O. Welsh, assistant professor in the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy, has been a district-wide professor-in-residence with a focus on educational policy, equity, and school discipline since January 2018. He supports the district in data analysis and policy formulation and implementation around equity issues. He is leading a mixed-methods research project on the contributors to the disparities in disciplinary outcomes in the district with particular focus the interactions between teachers and school leaders.