Our Principals are dedicated leaders, and we’ve been introducing you in recent days to Principals who are new to the role or who are serving at new schools this year. Please help us celebrate Andy Hall, who this school year is leading i-Grad Virtual Academy!
i-Grad Virtual Academy Lead Administrator Andy Hall not only is a new school leader, he’s also leading CCSD’s newest school.
A full-time virtual school that follows the CCSD traditional school calendar, i-Grad is opening this school year initially to students in Grades 9-12, with future expansion to additional grades possible.
“I am excited to be able to offer a brand new option for CCSD students that meets their need for flexibility,” he said. “I love the challenge of building a new program and serving students and their families. I look forward to getting to know our students, families, and staff better as we work toward graduation and beyond for i-Grad students.”
He brings a strong background in curriculum and instruction to the role, as well as experience in facilitating online learning. Mr. Hall, who served for the past five years as an assistant principal at River Ridge HS overseeing curriculum, is a former CCSD student who began his teaching career in 2004 at Cherokee High School. An English teacher and cross-country, track and basketball coach, he taught for six years at Cherokee HS and six years at Woodstock High School as well as for CCSD’s former Polaris Evening Program evening alternative high school. Mr. Hall earned two bachelor’s degrees: secondary English education from Kennesaw State University and advertising from the University of Georgia, a master’s degree in professional writing from KSU, and two educational specialist degrees: secondary English education from Georgia Southern University and leadership from Berry College. He and his wife, Erin, have two children at Knox ES STEM Academy.
“I want to help students identify and pursue their goals while providing a top notch, rigorous virtual school experience for all i-Grad students,” he said.
The latest addition to CCSD’s Academies school choice programs, i-Grad staff work at the newly renamed ACTIVE Academies campus, which also includes ACE Academy daytime alternative high school, CCSD Transition Academy for older special needs students and the planned Cherokee College and Career Academy (C3 Academy). i-Grad students complete classwork online at home, but come to the campus for specific tests and can attend optional in-person instructional sessions as offered.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said Mr. Hall’s background mirrors what he envisioned for i-Grad’s first leader.
“Andy brings all the right experiences and talents to this role to ensure students receive outstanding online instruction with skilled in-person support,” Dr. Hightower said. “He’s not only an excellent educator and administrator, he’s also a caring communicator who can overcome digital distance to create positive engagement. We know i-Grad will succeed and grow thanks to his leadership and team.”
How can parents be more involved? “First and foremost, they can take an active role in their student’s learning through supporting them as they learn. Virtual learning is by no means an ‘easy route,’ so parent support and involvement is key,” Mr. Hall said. “Furthermore, parents can serve on school council and help establish our PTA; we’re new, so everything is starting up. Lastly, parents can respond to surveys and questionnaires so they can share input about i-Grad. There will be lots of opportunity for input, and parent input will be pivotal as we grow.”
If you think i-Grad may be a good fit for your child in the future, more information is online at http://bit.ly/CCSDigrad.