Teacher Professional Development in ACS

  • Athens City Schools considers teacher professional learning as an important strategy for supporting the complex skills students need to be prepared for further education and work in the 21st century. For students to develop mastery of challenging content, problem-solving, effective communication and collaboration and self-direction, teachers must employ more sophisticated forms of teaching. Effective professional development is key to teachers learning and refining the pedagogies required to teach these skills. We believe in strong, effective professional learning for our teachers, and our curriculum and instruction department works to ensure that our teachers remain the cornerstone of excellence in education for our students.



Meet the Professional Learning Coordinator

Mrs. Alyson Carpenter

Phone: 256.233.7357


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Alyson Carpenter

Alyson Carpenter serves as the Instructional Technology and Professional Learning Coordinator for Athens City Schools. Mrs. Carpenter is a proud graduate of Athens High School (1987) and is a lifelong resident of Athens. She spent twenty years in the Madison City School System serving as a teacher, reading coach, and instructional partner before returning home to Athens City Schools. She also served as a "coach of coaches" across the state of Alabama as the Instructional Partner in Residence for the Alabama Best Practice Center and has presented at regional, state, and national conferences on best practices in instruction and technology. Mrs. Carpenter is a Google Certified Educator and a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) in the area of Literacy/Language Arts. 

In her fourth year in the role, she coordinates professional development at all levels including monthly sessions for instructional leaders and quarterly district-wide professional learning for teachers. Additionally, she provides leadership for the district's eight instructional partners who support school-level instructional leadership. She is passionate about quality professional learning for educators and has 15 years of experience in instructional coaching roles, having worked in both elementary and secondary settings. She is passionate about building teacher capacity and investing in people to ensure long-term success for students and schools. 


"Because I am all about the kids, I am also all about the adults and supporting their growth and development. The two, I have learned, are profoundly intertwined.”

~Eleanor Drago-Severson