Towns C ounty Schools Technology Department
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Towns County School District
67 Lakeview Circle, Hiawassee, Georgia 30546
Phone: 706.896.2279 | Fax: 706.896.2632
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The purpose of education is to prepare students to be productive and caring adults. Within this context, we believe that technology is a tool for learning that expands our range of instruction, and is the vehicle that maximizes the capacity of all teachers and students. It is the vision of Towns County Schools that students be engaged in a stimulating academic environment and a challenging curriculum that is student-centered and focused on inquiry-based learning.
Specifically, we envision that technology is available and effectively supported for all students and staff:
check Use technology to focus on improving student achievement for all students.
check Provide access to modern educational technology for all students.
check Provide Internet and on-line resources for all students.
check Provide effective and engaging software that focuses on school curriculum for all students.
check Provide teachers the training that adequately integrates technology into instructional practices.

 It is our intention that this vision will remain constant over the course of our plan and that it will guide the day-to-day and year-to-year implementation of technology across Towns County Schools.





Trena Stroud - Technology Director
Trena Stroud
Technology Director
706.896.4131 EXT: 1021
Trena has worked for Towns County Schools since the year 2000. She became a member of the Technology department in 2006 and worked as the SIS Coordinator until the year 2018-19, she was promoted to the position of Technology Director. Trena is responsible for the overall data collections, planning, organizing and execution of IT functions for Towns County School District. Trena has resided with her husband Kenny for the past 30 years in Towns County. Together they have raised three children Josh, Zack, and Madison who are all graduates of Towns County Schools.

Gary Pyrlik - Technology Supervisor
Gary Pyrlik
Technology Supervisor
706.896.4131 EXT:1214
Gary moved to Towns County in 1996. He has a background as a technician in consumer electronics and cable TV. He started working for TCS Technology Dept. as a Technology Specialist in 2005. Gary is married and together they have 3 sons, 2 of which have graduated from Towns County Schools and 1 still attending. Gary believes that "because it is so deeply ingrained in society and our day-to-day life, technology should be given top priority in non-academic areas of education". With that in mind, he is committed to helping to ensure that the technology and the technology dept. runs at its best.

Nick McDonald - Technology Specialist
Nick McDonald
Technology Specialist
706.896.4131 EXT: 1527
Nick joined Towns County Schools in the Spring of 2018. Prior to moving to North Georgia, he resided
with his family in Washington State, where he served for the United States Army, with a MOS in
Communication Security Repair. During his active duty, he also owned and operated a small business in the Pacific Northwest, repairing small electronics. In 2016, Nick and his family moved back to their
home state of Georgia and claimed the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains as their forever home.
Nick came to work for Towns County Technology Dept. at the beginning of the 18-19 School Year.
Nick is very happy to be a part of Towns County Schools and looks forward to supporting Towns County in all of their technology needs.