Education: Michelle Clay, a leading math instructor for Floyd County Schools, presents to state panel. Security team continues checks of Rome City Schools.

On March 14-15, Floyd County Schools teacher and Math Endorsement Instructor Michelle Clay presented at the Supporting All Georgia Students with Rigorous and Relevant Academic Programming in Mathematics Georgia Mathematics Summit for District Mathematics Supervisors in Macon. Clay, the only K12 guest speaker, gave a presentation entitled “Evidence-Based Numeracy Intervention Resources, Georgia Numeracy Project and Georgia Tiers of Supports for Students” alongside the Georgia Department of Education  as part of the two-day conference.

“My passion as an educator is to help teachers realize and fulfill their potential to grow each and every one of their students in both math and reading. I am honored to be a part of an amazing diagnostic team in both Floyd County Schools and the State Department of Education that continues to build an excellent resource that helps teachers fill gaps in mathematical understanding for all students through the use of the Numeracy Project,” said Clay.

Clay has served as a member of GaDOE’s Mathematics Numeracy Project Taskforce for the past year. Her team is working on creating the tasks educators will use to fill mathematical gaps based on the stage their students are on. The project will go live in July with an updated project to help students reach their grade level expectations. In addition to the Numeracy Project Taskforce, she has created and facilitated professional development instruction for teachers on how to use the entire project, including assessments, reading data, aligning to stages, choosing activities, implementing those activities, then progress monitoring and recording data to show growth. Clay has been a teacher in FCS since 2000 and currently serves as a teacher at Model Middle School. She has also been an adjunct instructor in math and reading for Shorter University since 2006.

“Mrs. Clay is the epitome of a math leader whose expertise spans multiple grade levels,” said Jennifer White, FCS Math Specialist. “Having the honor to be the sole K12 mathematics teacher to present at a state level summit to math leaders from across the state alongside the GaDOE mathematics team is a testimony to her passion and hard work.”

You can click here to view Clay’s presentation.

From left to right: Rome School Board member Alvin Jackson, Rome Police Sgt. Brandon Pledger, Danny Price and Tim Williams, Rome City Schools. 


On March 21, several members of the community arrived at West End Elementary School prepared to conduct a security walk-through in order to talk about safety improvements that can be made in order to keep all of Rome City Schools safe. The RCS Safety and Security team consisted of Tim Williams, Chief Financial Officer of RCS; Danny Price, General Counsel at Berry College;Alvin Jackson, RCS Board of Education Member; Sgt. Brandon Pledger, Rome Police Department; West Evans, School Board Attorney and Brenton Whatley, Rome Fire Department.

The RCS Security Team conducted a walk-through of the westside elementary schools in order to further improve security measures. According to Williams, the team has already completed this same drill at Rome High and Rome Middle.

Said Williams: “ … anything we can do to improve security will always be what we strife to complete. That is the purpose of having the safety and security team and hosting these walk-throughs.”

The security team will complete its review at the rest of the elementary schools during the upcoming weeks.

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