Welcome to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Dr. Andre Dukes Executive Director of Academics

"If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people."


Welcome to the Curriculum and Instruction Webpage!

Our department is responsible for the overall planning, implementation, and evaluation of the district's curriculum and instructional programs. It is also our task to make sure that our programs are in compliance with all accreditation standards, regulations of the South Carolina Department of Education, and policies adopted by the Cherokee County School Board of Trustees.

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Cherokee County School District Curriculum and Instruction Mission

The mission of the Curriculum and Instruction Department of Cherokee County School District is to support all educators in engaging learners in authentic, rigorous learning experiences that enable students to independently use their learning to achieve their goals and become contributing members of a global society.

Vision of the Curriculum and Instruction Department

As a result of participation in the Cherokee County School District instructional program, students will be able to independently: 

  • solve personally relevant as well as globally meaningful problems by identifying, exploring, and evaluating processes and solutions while considering diverse perspectives;   

  • think creatively, construct knowledge, and develop innovative ideas, processes, and products;   

  • select appropriate tools to find, navigate, and evaluate information to make informed decisions;   

  • communicate and collaborate effectively with diverse audiences using a variety of techniques, literacies, and languages;   

  • assume responsibility to continuously learn, reflect, and adapt to change;  

  • act respectfully, responsibly, and ethically in all contexts.  

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Student Success and Well-Being

Cherokee County School District Strategic Plan Quick Reference

District Strategic Plans and School Renewal Plans are to be developed every five years and updated annually as required by the Early Childhood Development and Academic Assistance Act of 1993 (S.C. Code Ann §59-139-05 et seq.), the Education Accountability Act of 1998 (S.C. Code Ann §59-18-1300, 1310, and 1510) and the State Board of Education Regulation 43-261. 

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Strategic Plan Summary

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Meet our Team

Dr. Andre Dukes - Executive Director of Academics

Dr. Lisa Blanton - Coordinator of Elementary Schools

Mrs. Miranda Hoffler - Bookkeeper

Dr. Lavonia Davis - Coordinator of Testing and Accountability and State/Federal Programs

Mrs. Erin Fox - Coordinator of Teacher Quality and Professional Development

Dr. LaRonda Whiteside -Coordinator of High Schools

Mrs. Shelton Kimbell - Coordinator of MTSS

Mrs. Karen Henderson- CERDEP Coordinator

Mrs. Cristina Jennings - PowerSchool Coordinator

Mrs. Pam Oliver - Instructional Technology Integrator

Mrs. Nancy Price - Executive Assistant to Executive Director of Academics

Mrs. Melody Smith - Instructional Technology Integrator

Mrs. Stacey Smoke - Instructional Technology Integrator

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Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Cherokee County School District 
District Office 
141 Twin Lake Road 
Gaffney, S.C. 29341