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.

Cat Flippen is coordinator of Personalized Learning & Innovation, which works closely with the Technology office, led by Michael Summer, coordinator; and our content specialists, Deborah Riddleberger, Dr. Katie Warwick, and Amy Godfrey, who lead the work in science and social studies, mathematics, and literacy/English language arts, respectively.

Todd Shultz is coordinator of Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE), and Laura Boswell is coordinator of Work-Based Learning, both of which also are organized here.

  • 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 (revised August 14, 2017).


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.