Teaching & Learning

Students work with a teacher at JCCHSThe Teaching and Learning Department in the Jackson County School System is led by Mr. Todd Nickelsen, assistant superintendent. It is at the heart of our mission to offer a challenging and rigorous educational experience for all students in a safe and caring learning environment.

This part of our organization includes Special Education, led by Ms. Jan NeSmith, director. School Improvement & Accountability is led by Mr. Troy Johnson, director, and includes registration and school enrollment, as well as testing programs and state and federal programs. Michael Summer is director of Technology

Curriculum leaders, content specialists, and program leaders provide critical support for teachers and students across the entire school system. Jennifer Saine coordinates personalized learning and innovation; other curriculum support is coordinated by Dr. Katie Warwick, Jeremy Peacock, and Amy Godfrey, who lead the work in mathematics, science, and literacy/English language arts, respectively.

Todd Shultz coordinates Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE), and Dr. Shannon Lawrence is coordinator of Work-Based Learning and the Youth Apprenticeship Program.

  • Click here for the photo page that lists the offices and key staff in Teaching & Learning
  • Click here for the page that provides the overview of our school system.
  • Click here for a copy of our organization chart you can view, download or print.


Looking for Student Support Services?

The JCSS team includes the psychologists, social workers, counselors, and nursing staff who serve the students in the Jackson County School System. They provide services that support student attendance and make an exceptional experience from enrollment through graduation possible for students struggling with attendance, for children and their families dealing with homelessness, for students in crisis, and for those who are hospital- or homebound.

Learn more on our Student Support Services page. Please contact your school if you feel your child may need these services.

The Jackson County School System does not and will not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, immigration, or any other legally protected status in its educational programs, activities or employment practices.