Teaching and Learning

The goal of Teaching & Learning (T&L) Services is to provide high quality services that translate into continually improving student learning opportunities and results. Our staff has responsibility for providing educational leadership, offering both support and challenge to the educators of Grand Island Public Schools.

Because student learning is at the center of all we do, our efforts necessarily focus on the content, contexts, and processes that will likely provide the best possible learning opportunities. Teachers have always been the key to great learning experiences; it's what happens between the teachers and students that determines whether learning opportunities are engaging, rigorous, relevant, meaningful, and lasting. Thus, the T&L Team provides teachers and principals with a high level of support -- so they can continually teach better and improve students' learning experiences.

The T&L Team also helps facilitate the district's teaching and learning process by offering ongoing dialogue with GIPS educators which challenges our notions about the best ways to teach, assess, and grade students. As educators, we must be committed to making decisions based on research and best practices, regularly reflecting on current practices, making changes when better information becomes available, and continually improving the science and craft of education.

The GIPS teachers and administrators have responsibility for actively engaging in individual and collaborative work that improves learning opportunities for every student. The T&L Team is committed to providing centralized functions which support and enhance student learning. By doing so, we aim to help GIPS staff members work smarter and more effectively and realize the district's mission of "Every Day, Every Student, a Success."

We hope you benefit from the information on our Learning website!


Chief Academic Officer

Josh McDowell

Director of Federal Programs

Kris Schneider

Director of Curriculum

Dr. Amy Mancini-Marshall

Director of Assessment and Accountability

Jennifer Badura

ELL Coordinator

Amanda Levos

Director of Special Education

Renee Engel