PIRs are UGA College of Education faculty who work 50% of their time in Clarke County schools, supporting both COE students through a combination of teaching on-site courses and supervising students doing field work, as well as supporting CCSD teachers and administrators through professional learning and school-based projects.

District-wide Professors-in-Residence


Dr. Sally Zepeda, Leadership

Dr. 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 CCSD 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 CCSD central office leaders and coaches, teachers
and principals. Dr. Lanoue and Dr. Zepeda have co-authored two refereed articles and two book chapters related to leadership development.


Dr. Kat Raczynski, School Climate

Dr. Katherine Raczynski, director of the Safe and Welcoming Schools project in the Office of Outreach and Engagement, became a District-Wide Professor-in-Residence in 2015 with a focus on school climate. Raczynski supports administrators and school leaders in measuring school climate, identifying areas of focus, and implementing evidence-based climate initiatives that are responsive to school and community needs. She provides job-embedded professional learning to build the capacity of school leaders to address school climate. Click here for an article about Dr. Raczynski in the Office of School Engagement newsletter.


Dr. Sonia Janis, Secondary Social Studies Education

Dr. 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. In her current role, she works with social studies teachers at three middle schools and two high schools in CCSD. 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 CCSD students. She also mentors secondary social studies teachers in their role as mentors to her teacher candidates and partners with the CCSD Social Studies Instructional Coach, Laura Ambrose, to provide professional learning.

School-Based Professors-in-Residence