Gwinnett County Public Schools
A PLATINUM PARTNERGCPS is the third largest transporter of students in the country
Gwinnett County Public Schools, located in the metro Atlanta area, is the largest school system in Georgia and continues to grow. As a school system of choice, the finest teachers, involved parents, and a supportive community are key elements in the district’s quest to become a system of world-class schools. In 2019-20, the school district is serving nearly 180,000 students. One of every five Gwinnett County residents is a GCPS student.
The district is known as one of the best employers in the country, region, and state, and has earned recognition as a top employer by Forbes magazine.
AWARD-WINNING SCHOOL DISTRICT
- State and national kudos for recruitment reporting, web marketing, bus safety, procurement practices, financial reporting, and communications
- One of the best communities in the country for music education and a CyberStart District of Distinction
DIVERSITY & EQUITY
The Division of Human Resources & Talent Management will provide the leadership for Gwinnett County Public Schools to become the “Employer of Choice” by attracting and retaining a world-class workforce.
The mission of the Division of Human Resources & Talent Management is to attract, retain, and support a high performing workforce committed to achieving the goals of Gwinnett County Public Schools.
EQUITY & COMPLIANCE
The Department of Equity & Compliance communicates, monitors, and enforces School Board policies and procedures that prohibit any form of discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability, and inappropriate or offensive con- duct. The Department investigates and resolves any claims of discrimination or retaliation brought by employees or students. In addition, it oversees processes for accommodations requests based on disability or religious need. The Department monitors issues to help both parties reach solutions to issues that occur and administer a clear and concise process for complaint resolution at the lowest possible administrative level, as fairly, and as expeditiously as possible.
Recruit, employ, develop, and retain a workforce that achieves the mission and goals of the organization.
GWINNETT COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS MAKES FORBES’ “BEST EMPLOYERS FOR WOMEN” LIST
For the second year in a row, Georgia’s largest school district has been named the best employer for women in the state of Georgia and one of the best in the nation according to Forbes magazine. Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) ranks 19th on the Forbes 2019 list of Best Employers for Women.
HELPING STUDENTS ACHIEVE
Gwinnett County Public Schools provides a quality and effective education for all students by focusing on its core business of teaching and learning. Since its inception in 1996, GCPS’ AKS curriculum has reflected the collective wisdom of thousands of educators and community members who worked together to determine what students need to know and be able to do in order to be successful at the next grade level and in the future.
PASSIONATE, IMPACTFUL TEACHERS & STAFF
- Custom Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum that serves as a model for systems around the country
- Immediate and long-term benefits for the duration of service
- Regional and national teaching recognition awards winners
- Dedication to extracurricular activities that help students find their own passions
- Competent and inspired leadership based on shared principles and values
GWINNETT COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL
437 Old Peachtree Rd NW
Suwanee, GA 30024
Phone: (678) 301-6000
ABOUT OUR SUPERINTENDENT
Dr. Calvin J. Watts was named superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) on July 30, 2021. A former GCPS leader, he rejoined the district having served as superintendent of Kent School District (KSD), the fifth largest and the second most diverse school district in Washington State. In his six-year tenure at KSD, Dr. Watts developed a bold strategic planning process; maintained an intentional focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging; and improved organizational effectiveness so that all students may thrive. KSD’s four-year adjusted cohort graduation rates rose to record levels for all students as a result.
Prior to joining KSD, Dr. Watts served in GCPS for 13 years in varied leadership roles with increasing levels of responsibility. Those roles included serving as an assistant principal at Bethesda Elementary, as a principal at Annistown Elementary and Trickum Middle schools, as a Director of Human Resources, and also as an Assistant Superintendent in support of school and principal leadership. He also has held leadership positions with the Archdiocese of Atlanta, serving as a principal and an assistant principal. Dr. Watts started his educational career in the classroom as a middle school teacher in Seattle. After relocating to Atlanta in the mid-1990s, he taught at Inman Middle School in Atlanta Public Schools and at Carrollton Junior High School in Carrollton City Schools.
Dr. Watts is a member of The Broad Academy Fellowship (2018-2019) and has demonstrated a strong track record of success as an instructional, operational, and community leader. He is a member of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) American Rescue Plan Committee, working with 40 other superintendents to consult U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on the effective and efficient use of American Rescue Plan funding. He has presented regionally and nationally on a number of topics including equity, personalized learning, and parent engagement. In 2017, he was named Educator of the Year by the City of Kent Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Watts is thrilled to re-establish residency in Georgia, and for his family to become rooted in the Gwinnett County community. His leadership philosophy always has been to reach and teach all students as if they had his last name. With this philosophy in mind, he and his wife and son look forward to expanding their “family” to include the nearly 180,000 children served in GCPS.
Dr. Watts earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Howard University. He later earned a master’s degree in administration and supervision from the University of West Georgia, and his doctorate in educational leadership from Argosy University.
GWINNETT COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
437 Old Peachtree Rd NW
Suwanee, GA 30024
Telephone: (678) 301-6000
School Hours: M-F: 8:00am – 3:00pm