2022-23 GCPS Organizational Structure

  • Superintendent's Office -- Executive Leadership

    Gwinnett County Public Schools’ organizational structure clearly puts schools at the center as they are the heart of the organization. No matter the division, department, or office, the day-to-day work of the district is focused on supporting schools. As is often said within GCPS, there are only two types of employees in the district… those who teach and those who support those who teach.

     

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Dr. Calvin J. Watts

Superintendent

Responsible for day-to-day operations of the school district as the sole employee of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Part of the Board governance team as the Board secretary. 

 

Direct reports to the Superintendent:

  • Deputy Superintendent, Dr. Nakia Towns

  • Special Assistant to the Superintendent, Mr. Jorge Gomez

  • Chief Engagement Officer, Ms. Melissa Laramie

  • Chief Strategy, Performance & Accountability Officer, Ms. Natalie Gore

  • Chief Human Resources Officer, Ms. Cathy Hardin

  • Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, Mr. Glenn Melendez

  • Chief Business Operations Officer, Mr. Walt Martin

  • Chief of Schools, Dr. Al Taylor

  • Chief Learning Officer, Ms. DeNelle West 

  • Chief Equity Office, Dr. Jared Lancer

     

 

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Dr. Nakia Towns

Deputy Superintendent

Acts as the superintendent’s designee in supporting day-to-day operations of the school district. 

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Mr. Jorge Gomez

Special Assistant to Superintendent

Supervises Legislative & Education Policy and Records Management offices. Acts as a state government liaison and open records contact. Supports Superintendent’s office with special projects, Board administration, and Instructional Support Center operations. 

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Ms. Melissa Laramie

Chief Engagement Officer

Supervises Communications, Community Relations, GCPS TV, and GCPS Foundation offices. Responsible for internal and external engagement, and supporting the Superintendent.

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Ms. Natalie Gore

Chief Strategy, Performance & Accountability Officer

Supervises Assessment & Accountability, Data Governance, and Research & Evaluation departments. Responsible for measuring and monitoring academic and operational performance. 

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Dr. Al Taylor

Chief of Schools 

Supervises all Cluster Superintendents, Academic Supports, and the School Operations & Support department. Responsible for school improvement and operations, including principal supervision. 

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Dr. Jared Lancer


Chief Equity Officer

Supervises Federal Programs and Student Services departments. Responsible for promoting and ensuring equity across all divisions and departments in GCPS. 

 

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Ms. DeNelle West

Chief Learning Officer

Supervises Elementary & Intervention, Secondary & Enrichment, Exceptional Education, and Career and Technical Education departments. Responsible for curriculum and instructional support for all content areas, as well as gifted/talented and English learner programs. 

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Ms. Cathy Hardin

Chief Human Resources Officer 

Supervises Leadership & Staff Development, Staffing, Employee Relations, and HR systems. Responsible for all talent management functions, including recruitment, hiring, evaluation, promotion, and retention. 

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Mr. Glenn Melendez

Chief Technology & Innovation Officer

Supervises Information Security, Infrastructure & Operations, Information Systems & Solutions, Enterprise Support Services, and Instructional Technology & Innovation departments. Responsible for all information technology-related functions to support academics and operations. 

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Mr. Walt Martin

Chief Business Operations Officer 

Supervises Finance, Facilities and Operations, Planning and Construction, School Nutrition, and Transportation departments. Responsible for all business and administrative support functions of the district.  

  • As the reorganization is implemented, our website will continue to be updated to reflect the new structure above. Thank you in advance for your patience.