The Cobb County Digital and Multimedia Learning Department is made up of members from a variety of backgrounds.
Janell McClure – Director, Digital & Multimedia Learning
Janell served most recently as the Supervisor of Library and Media Education for the Cobb County School District where she oversaw the literacy and media programs that took place through each school in the district. As Director of the the newly-created Digital and Multimedia Learning Department, Janell oversees the Online Learning, Library Media, Instructional Materials, and Digital Transformation Teams. Her love of literacy in both written and digital mediums as well as her over twenty years of experience as an educator guide her as a member of District leadership. Having served as an English teacher and Media Specialist before moving to work at the District level, Janell brings with her a passion to help students and educators work to their fullest potential.
Joe Crawford – Supervisor, Online Learning
Having started his educational career teaching fifth grade at Ford and Vaughn Elementary Schools, Joe Crawford then transitioned into working as a Technology Integration Specialist for the better part of a decade. His professional experience also includes work in the corporate world in audio/visual sales and as the Southern Regional Implementation Specialist for a major educational technology company. Upon returning to the Cobb County School District, he now serves as the Supervisor for Professional Learning where his duties focus upon supporting district and school leaders with the implementation of best practices for developing online experiences for students and adults alike. Joe works part-time as an instructor for Kennesaw State University’s Instructional Technology Department. This continues to keep him in tune with the evolution of educational technology and how the Cobb County School District can stand to benefit by the inclusion of such resources to meet the needs of its schools and students.
Holly Frilot – Supervisor, Library Media Education
Holly recently joined the Cobb County School District as the Supervisor of Library Media Education. She uses her experience as a language arts teacher, media specialist, and instructional coach to inform her work supporting all the media specialists and their programs throughout the district. An avid proponent of initiatives such as the “Day of Code,” she is passionate about developing 21st century skills in teachers and students. Holly believes that all spaces can be ones that help students cultivate their love of learning. In fact, one of her current focuses is upon the redesigning of educational spaces to encourage the use of flexible learning models, such as the learning commons transition currently taking place in many media centers around the Cobb County School District.
Brian Smith – Supervisor, Instructional Materials
As a graduate of McEachern High School, Brian Smith has cultivated his educational career in the Cobb County School District. He brings his many years of experience as a teacher and administrator into regular use as the Supervisor of Instructional Materials. After his time as a third grade teacher and subsequent Academic Coach at Hollydale Elementary School, he then served for five years as Assistant Principal at Acworth Elementary. Having seen the evolution of teaching, learning, and leadership in Cobb County from a variety of vantage points, Brian is extremely excited for the the future of education in Cobb County as it continues in its transformation through the inclusion of digital resources to best serves students’ needs.
Stacey Buckalew – Supervisor, Digital Transformation Team
Stacey joins Digital and Multimedia Learning from the Marietta City School District, where she worked for over two decades. As the Supervisor of the Digital Transformation Team, she brings a vast array of experience serving her fellow educators in their support of all students in developing their academic and personal growth. With eighteen years as a Media Supervisor, fourteen of which she also served as a Media Specialist, Stacey developed her love of blended learning in all of its facets. During her six-year tenure as a District Instructional Technology Coach, she helped lead the Marietta City School District to pilot a learning management system to support students in learning at their own personalized pace and enhance their engagement in academic content. Her work on this pilot program served as her crowning achievement, the experience and lessons of which, she brings to her work here in the Cobb County School District.
Kelly Brown – Technology Training Specialist | Digital Transformation Team
Kelly is a key component of the Digital Transformation team where she works to support classified employees with all of the technological initiatives that are implemented throughout the Cobb County School District. She has worked in the education field for over twenty years with ten years proudly serving Cobb County. She has a M.S. Ed in Instructional Technology is credentialed as a Microsoft Office Specialist. As a Technology Training Specialist, she greatly enjoys her work providing technology training to Cobb County’s Classified staff and is honored and excited to also be part at the Digital Transformation Team. She brings with her intense dedication as well as a passion to make technology tools more accessible to all Cobb employees, regardless of their level of comfort with digital tools. Her seemingly infinite patience is what makes her such an appropriate fit to support so many important members of our district.
Nadia Williams – Digital Transformation Coach | Digital Transformation Team
Nadia is a dynamic educator with a passion for all things digital and an insatiable appetite for learning. Having recently left the classroom where she served as an English Language Arts and Reading teacher at the middle school level, she brings a fresh perspective on how technological tools can be used to enhance student learning. She has facilitated many professional learning sessions at the local and state level on the use of technology in the classroom. In her role as Digital Transformation Coach, Nadia works with educators in the Cobb County School District to assist them in not only using technology in their classrooms, but in using it creatively to enhance their lessons and heighten student engagement.