VILLA (Volunteer Instructional Leadership Learning Academy)
VILLA Class of 2023
VILLA (Volunteer Instructional Leadership Learning Academy) provides parents an opportunity to learn more about public schools in their local communities! VILLA began as an initiative of the Georgia School Boards Association "to equip parent volunteers and community leaders to confidently navigate the school system."
Oconee County Schools launched its VILLA Parent Academy in 2019.
Scroll below to see members of the inaugural VILLA Class of 2019.
Two parent-leaders from each of OCS' 11 schools are invited by school principals to participate in this annual experience. These 22 parents commit to a free, six-session experience. The interactive sessions cover the following topics:
- Overview of the School System
- Board Governance
- Teaching and Learning
- Business Services
- Human Resources
- Student Services
There are four sessions held in the Central Office that cover the aforementioned topics. The fifth session is a field trip to two schools (which change each year) and the sixth session is a graduation dinner with board members. Following graduation, program graduates may be requested to continue to provide feedback to the school system on a variety of topics.
The inaugural VILLA cohort (Class of 2019) was comprised of the following parent leaders:
Deanne Rosso, Oconee County Primary
Natalie Sams, Oconee County Primary
Brandy Hale, Colham Ferry Elementary
Alex Pershka, Colham Ferry Elementary
Paige Hayes, Dove Creek Elementary
Kim Heath, Dove Creek Elementary
Katie Collins, High Shoals Elementary
Jennifer Koberger, High Shoals Elementary
Tiffany Carter, Malcom Bridge Elementary
Kate Morgan, Malcom Bridge Elementary
Katie Castleberry, Oconee County Elementary
Kate Gelsthorpe, Oconee County Elementary
Madonna Poole, Rocky Branch Elementary
Monica Wesolowski, Rocky Branch Elementary
Beatrice Howard, Malcom Bridge Middle
Tammy Rumpf, Malcom Bridge Middle
Rebecca Bishop, Oconee County Middle
Robin Mayo, Oconee County Middle
Heather Kincaid, North Oconee High
Leigh Morris, North Oconee High
Amie Dunford, Oconee County High
Joanne Frantz, Oconee County High
Thank you to all who provided their time and support!