FEATURE: Mr. Franks' New Role

February 12, 2019

Edgar Franks has taught Grades 4 and 5 at WYIS for the past 8 years and has been teaching for 17 years total. Next year Edgar will move out of the classroom and into a new role, Director of Curriculum and Professional Development.

In his new position, Edgar will track data about how our students learn, help teachers find resources and grow professionally, and work with the principals to develop specific goals and strategies so we keep improving.

One of the main ways he’ll do this is by selecting and managing WYIS’ curriculum. Curriculum is so much more than just textbooks. By working closely with all of our teachers, Edgar plans to improve what we’re already teaching and support our teachers with the resources and training they need to be better teachers. He’s especially looking forward to learning more about what our secondary students are taught so he can go back and best prepare our elementary students for middle and high school.

“Secondary and Elementary have been separate for so long,” he explained. “I don’t want them to be so autonomous anymore.”

Edgar has always enjoyed curriculum and the challenge of figuring out what to teach and how to teach it. As he moves into this new position, Edgar wants to make sure he finds a good balance of older and newer methods.

Edgar has an M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership with a focus in Curriculum Design and Instruction from Indiana Wesleyan University. He will start this new position next school year. Melissa McCutchan, a recent hire, will be our new Grade 5 teacher. She will also start in August.