The Division of Learning

The Division of Learning provides support for curriculum, instruction, and student assessment in Charlotte County Public Schools.

This includes ensuring that the instructional program of the district adheres to Florida Standards and Florida State Statutes. The staff of the Division of Learning supports schools through many areas including the following:

  • District Strategic Plan / District Improvement & Assistance Plan
  • School Improvement
  • Student Progression Plan
  • School Grades & Accountability
  • Professional Development
  • Exceptional Student Education
  • Career & Technical Education
  • State & District Assessment Guidance, Resources, & Support
  • Data Service & Analysis
  • Instructional Materials Adoption
  • Instructional Strategies Implementation
  • English Language Learner Support
  • Federal Programs & Grants
  • Virtual Instruction
  • Home Education
  • Charter Schools

For links and online resources for students please visit the: Florida Department of Education's website.
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Executive Director of Learning

District Compliance Officer
Charter Schools
Cheryl LaPorta Edwards
941-255-0808 Ext. 3160


Elementary Learning: Grades PK-5 & English Language Learners: Grades PK-12

Carmel Kisiday
941-255-0808 Ext. 3089 View our District Plan for Services to English Language Learners (ELL)

Secondary Learning: Grades 6-12

Cheryl LaPorta Edwards
941-255-0808 Ext. 3160

Career and Technical Education (CTE) K-12

Deelynn Bennett

Exceptional Student Education

Kristy Johnson
941-255-0808 Ext. 3100
Visit our Exceptional Student Education Website

Charlotte Virtual School & Home Education

Tara Whisenant

Curriculum Specialists

English Language Arts, Reading, & Media K-12

Phebe Westby
941-255-0808 Ext. 3209

Fine Arts, World Languages, Health, PE & ELL

Ellen Harvey
941-255-0808 Ext. 3178
Fine Arts, World Languages, Health, PE and ELL Website

Mathematics, K-12

Dawn Johnson
941-255-0808 Ext. 3054

Science, Technology, and Engineering

Cynthia Dunham-Derheimer
941-255-0808 Ext. 3076
STEM Website

Social Sciences PK-12

Donna Dunakey
941-255-0808 Ext. 3087
Social Studies Website