Academic Innovation and Technology

Academic Innovation and Technology supports personalized learning through instructional technology and media services. The department also assists with programs designed to help build better graduates such as the Satellite Diploma Program, virtual high school, distance learning, extended day programs, and New Tech schools. This role promotes success for all students through Title I and Title III programs.

Instructional Technology

The Instructional Technology team is made up of ten certified classroom teachers who enjoy working with educators to integrate technology into instruction. The team has close to 100 years combined in educational experiences ranging from K5 classroom teachers to administrators.

The focus of Instructional Technology is academics and curriculum. Our goal is to teach teachers how to integrate technology effectively. The ETS department works solely with the technical components of classroom equipment. For example, an ETS technician can repair a malfunctioning Promethean Board, when an Instructional Technology team member cannot.

Director: Tim Cushman

Instructional Technology Website Media Services Website

Roper Mountain Science Center

Roper Mountain exists because of a unique partnership of public ownership, corporate sponsorship, private support, and volunteers. During the school year, 400-600 students visit Roper Mountain every day for high quality “learning labs.”

Public programs at the Center are Friday “Starry Nights” programs and the Second Saturday public day. In the summer we also offer Summer Adventures in the Hooper Planetarium and Symmes Auditorium on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Director: Michael Weeks

Roper Mountain Science Center Website

Title I Programs

Title I services, Neglected and Delinquent (N & D) Funds, Homeless McKinney-Vento support, private/charter schools, Title IV, Direct Student Services Grant, parental involvement, and funding to support SC Priority and Comprehensive Support and Improvement Schools.

Director of Title I Programs – Mrs.  Randolyn Harmon

Title I Website

Alternative Programs

Greenville County Schools provides a personalized learning environment for students experiencing personal, situational, or disciplinary challenges. Alternative programs offer these students the chance to stay on track academically, while working on personal development goals in a highly structured, supportive, and safe environment.

Programs: Lifelong Learning Adult Education, Satellite Diploma Program, High School Alternative Program, Middle School Alternative Programs, Group Homes, and West Greenville School

Alternative Programs Website Satellite Diploma Program

English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

The goal of Greenville County School District’s ESOL Program is to provide equal educational opportunities to culturally and linguistically diverse students who have a primary or home language other than English. The primary focus is to provide an English-rich environment, providing opportunities to reach English language proficiency as soon as possible. Greenville County Schools is working to create a learning environment that encourages pride in his/her cultural heritage and provides the cognitive and affective support to help ELLs become contributing members of society.

ESOL Website

Virtual Programs

Greenville County Schools Virtual Program

In the fall of 2020, GCS added a new full-time virtual option for students in grades 5K-12. Students must be enrolled in a GCS school in order to participate. In this program, students interact with certified GCS teachers daily during live Google Meet Sessions and receive timely teacher feedback in response to class or homework. Teachers experienced in online platforms and virtual instruction will teach and engage students through live and recorded lessons and tutorials.

Greenville County Schools Virtual Program

Additional High School Credit Courses

Additional high school credit courses are taught online, offering increased flexibility for students in rising 7th through 12th grades, through Greenville County Schools’ adjunct virtual program- GCVSP.  This option is available to 7th through 12th grade students in fall, spring or summer terms who are either brick and mortar students or fully virtual students.  A student may register to take one or two online courses in GCVSP’s high school virtual program to resolve a scheduling conflict, to take additional courses to get ahead, to make up lost credit due to transfer from one school to another, or to repeat a course failed.  South Carolina’s state-sponsored virtual program, VIRTUALSC, an additional option for students in grades 9th through 12th grades, offers online courses in collaboration with local school districts.  For Greenville County Schools students, registration in either program (GCVSP or VIRTUALSC) is through the student’s school counselor at the school where the student is currently enrolled.

For more information, click on the links below:

GCVSP WebsiteVirtualSC Website


Academic Innovation and Technology Department Contacts

Dr. Charlotte McDavidExecutive Director of Academic Innovation and Technology
cmcdavid@greenville.k12.sc.us  | 864-533-4143

Mr. Tim Cushman, Director of Instructional Technology
tcushman@greenville.k12.sc.us | 864-355-3991

Mr. Michael WeeksDirector of Roper Mountain Science Center
mweeks@greenville.k12.sc.us | 864-355-8900 

Mrs.  Randolyn Harmon, Director of Title I Programs
rharmon@greenville.k12.sc.us |  864-355-3197

Dr. Kathie GreerDirector of Alternative Programs
khgreer@greenville.k12.sc.us | 864-355-5183

 Mrs. Tanya Franca, Coordinator of ESOL Programs
tfranca@greenville.k12.sc.us | 864-355-2984

Mr.  Timothy Van Heule, Coordinator of Online Learning
tvanheul@greenville.k12.sc.us | 864-355-3996

Mrs. Laura HerdGreenville County Virtual School Program Registrar
lherd@greenville.k12.sc.us | 864-355-3196

Mrs. Wendy OatesSC Virtual School Counselor
woates@greenville.k12.sc.us | 864-355-3044

Mrs. Sherri Stokes, Academic Innovation and Technology Secretary
swstokes@greenville.k12.sc.us | 864-355-2076