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Curriculum & Instruction

Our Purpose

Athens City School District's Curriculum and Instruction Department is dedicated to providing educational excellence through professional growth and support for all instructional staff members with advocacy for stakeholders through an aligned curriculum and high accountability standards that will prepare students to positively impact a global community.

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Garner Ezell

Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction

Garner Ezell has 39 years of experience serving as a teacher and administrator at the elementary, middle and high school levels. While a student at UNA, he was selected by the College of Education as one of Education’s Top Ten and was inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. He is a member of the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS) and the Alabama Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (Alabama ASCD). Garner served as a coach and social studies/history teacher at Lawrence County High School, Lexington School and Cherokee High School. He joined Athens City Schools in 1986. Throughout his 31 years, he has served as Head Football Coach, American History and AP American History Teacher, Assistant Principal at Athens High School and Principal at Athens Intermediate School and Brookhill Elementary School. He has served as Director of Curriculum and Instruction since 2008. Mr. Ezell resides in Athens with his wife, Deb, who is a retired ACS educator. He has two adult children, Rob and David, who are Athens High School graduates.

Contact:
Garner.Ezell@acs-k12.org
256.771.7139
 

Our Team

Toni Bailey

Toni Bailey

Curriculum and Instructional Specialist
Curriculum and Instruction
Garner Ezell

Garner Ezell

Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction
Curriculum & Instruction
Sundi Howell

Sundi Howell

Executive Assistant to Director of Curriculum & Instruction
Curriculum & Instruction
JulieAnn Smith

JulieAnn Smith

Secondary Curriculum & Instruction Specialist
Curriculum & Instruction, Curriculum and Instruction

Alabama CCRS

Raising the bar and expecting more is hard work, particularly for students and teachers. New standards mean new ways of teaching and learning, and ultimately harder tests. To help our families achieve a greater understanding of what these new standards mean, Athens City Schools provides information and resources with fact sheets, frequently answered questions and links to information about Alabama's College and Career Ready Standards.   The Alabama State Board of Education approved the adoption of the internationally benchmarked Common Core State Standards along with selected Alabama standards in November 2010. By combining both Common Core and Alabama's standards, our state has adopted one of the most comprehensive sets of standards in the nation, ensuring students are prepared for a successful future in the ever-expanding global environment.

The Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX) website was created to help Alabama educators and parents better understand the standards as well as provide high-quality resources and instructional materials to implement the CCRS. By also providing the Alabama Insight online curriculum tool to each district in Alabama, parents and educators can explore and map the standards.