Laurel Middle School Assistant Principal Albert Galeas will be joining the Laurel School District administrative team for the upcoming school year as District Educational Technology Coordinator. He will be leading the district’s virtual-learning initiative, writing instructional plans for distance learning, and working to train teachers and parents on best distance and virtual learning practices. Additionally, he will work with classroom teachers providing instructional technology support for on-campus learning.
“The closing of school due to the COVID-19 pandemic has caused every school in the state to rethink the way we provide educational supports,” said Laurel School District Superintendent Dr. Toy L. Watts. As we continue to make plans for what school may look like this coming year, we saw a huge need to add this position. Even if we don’t see the same type of school closure we experienced this past school year, having someone on staff to work with teachers and parents on utilizing technology to aid education will be a huge benefit to our schools.”
Galeas began his career in education as a seventh and eighth grade Spanish teacher. Prior to joining the Laurel School District in August 2018, he worked as a Spanish teacher, Information Computer Technology teacher and Instructional Technology Specialist. Along with over four years of experience in instructional technology, Galeas holds certifications in Google, Canvas, and Schoology. In addition, he was part of the Mississippi Department of Education’s Instructional Technology Advisory Panel.
He received a Bachelor of Arts in Christian studies, master’s degree in teaching and specialist degree in instructional leadership from William Carey University.
“Our students are the heart of what we do each and every day,” Galeas said. “Being a part of their educational journey is the reason why I love working in education.”