District Federal Programs Department Welcomes New Coordinators

District Federal Programs Department Welcomes New Coordinators
Posted on 08/11/2021

Robertson County Schools Federal Programs Department Supervisor Dr. Emily Hollingsworth welcomes three new coordinators to her department as the 2021-2022 school year gets underway.


Dr. Kelly Whyte
has relocated from Illinois to Tennessee and joins RCS with many experiences in school administration, program design and development, grant facilitation, and curriculum and instruction. Dr. Whyte has been a Principal and Curriculum Director in Illinois for the last 15 years and taught Music, English, and Media Arts to students in grades K-12 for 14 years before taking on an administrative role.  She earned her doctorate and master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Francis and has chaired numerous committees designed to support school/district improvement efforts through goal writing, professional coaching, and parent/community engagement. 


In her free time, Dr. Whyte enjoys spending time with her boys, Ethan and Jacob, and her husband, David.  She loves to cook, work on home and garden projects, and support the dog rescue community.  She is excited about joining the Federal Programs team as the Federal Programs Coordinator to support Title 1, professional development, and family engagement and is looking forward to supporting the RCS administration and staff to meet their goals for their students and learning communities.


Mrs. Deborah Nance
has been with Robertson County Schools since August of 2000. She  taught multiple grades at the elementary level in both the Springfield and White House communities before transitioning to an English Language Learners teaching position in 2013.


Nance said she enjoys being part of the ELL program and feels it has been a privilege to work with such dedicated teachers and to teach such a unique group of students. The ELL students in the district amaze and inspire her with their hard work, and their ability to learn a new language while also learning grade level content. She looks forward to continuing to serve the ELL students and their families as the English Language Learners Coordinator. Her job responsibilities include administrative and instructional aspects of teaching and working with English Learners, Migrant students, and their families.


Mrs. Nance is married and has two daughters that attend Robertson County Schools.


Ms. Danielle Kaminsky
will serve as the Federal Programs ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund) Grant Coordinator. The ESSER Coordinator supports and provides services essential to maintaining and completing budgetary requirements for oversight of federal emergency funds and the American Rescue Plan.


Prior to joining Robertson County Schools, served as Director of Curriculum and Instruction, was a public-school Principal and Assistant Principal, District Technology Coordinator, a State Staff Development Consultant, Reading Specialist, and Classroom Teacher. Ms. Kaminsky holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, a Master’s Degree in Remedial Reading, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.

Kaminski is enthusiastic about her new position with RCS.


“I am looking forward to working with my new colleagues in Federal Programs and am honored to be given this responsibility to serve the district,” she said.




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