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Dougherty County School Systems Employees

The Dougherty County School System is the leading catalyst and advocate for public education in Southwest Georgia. It's the largest school system in the second congressional district and is the place where innovation and drive unite to provide incredible opportunities for students. 

District Profile By the Numbers:

  • District-Wide Graduation Rate: 88%*

  • Number of 4-5 Star Schools: 16

  • Number of Schools "Beating the Odds": 12**

  • Student Demographics

    • 13,095 students

    • 89.8% African-American; 4.2 % Caucasian; 3.7% Hispanic, 2.2% other

    • 11.5% students with disabilities

  • Accreditation

    • Cognia (formerly AdvancED)

Katherine McRee staff photo

"If you want to work for the best work for DCSS!"

2023-2024 Teacher of the Year: Katherine McRee



The Dougherty County School System is a destination school system that, in partnership with families and community partners, provides quality educational and social development experiences that empower its graduates to be successful and impactful contributors to society.


The Dougherty County School System meets the academic and nonacademic needs of its students with rigorous and relevant educational experiences that equip them to succeed in life.

The DCSS Advantage

Dougherty County School District is known for its innovative programming and for providing the latest educational technologies for students and staff.

  • MacBook or iPad Device Provided for Teaching Staff

  • Smartboards in Every Classroom

  • Learning Management Systems for K-5 and 6-12

  • A Variety of Vetted Educational Software to Support Student Learning

Educators also have the benefit of knowing they have a team of support behind them from the front office right into the classroom.

  • Technology Support Staff in each Building

  • Instructional Support Staff & Interventionists, Educational Assistants

  • Instructional Coaching for New Teachers

  • New Teacher Mentor Mentee Program

  • Instructional Coaches Academy

  • District Wide Professional Learning

Our Benefits


  • $20,000 Life Insurance Benefit ( Dependents & Spouse $5,000)

  • Long Term Disability

  • Teacher Retirement System Plan


  • Flexible Spending Account (Health Care & Dependent Care Savings​​​​​​​)

  • Health, Dental & Vision Insurance

  • Comprehensive Benefits Package

Employee Assistance Programs

  • Access to Free Legal, Financial, and Mental Health Counseling Services

  • Identity Theft Protection Services

Continuing Education & Professional Development

  • Job-Alike Meeting & Collaboration Opportunities

  • Pay Schedule Increases for Advanced Degrees

  • In-Service Learning Sessions During School Year

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Kathryn Todd

Special Education Teacher at Live Oak Elementary School

“Dougherty County is an incredible place to work! This is my 5th total year, 4th as a special education teacher. The county offers up to date resources for students and teachers such as advanced technology, tools, apple devices, and easy accessibility for students with disabilities to access their work. The county also is HUGE and has a tremendous amount of opportunity for growth. They also have systems in place to support new teachers or even teachers who change grade levels. I think that’s an awesome thing. Also, support is provided in every capacity to our students such as: social emotional learning, academics, and advanced learning. Another perk to Dougherty County, as a young mom of three, is that we have access to go to the local zoo, aquarium, and local games for free. That’s awesome!! I love working for this county and hope to do so for many years to come! I have formed the best relationships with past and current coworkers!”

David Wilschets

Teacher and Social Studies Department Chair at Monroe Comprehensive High School

DCSS is a great place to work because of all of the wonderful people, amazing professional development opportunities, and the positive impact you can have on your community. The people at DCSS are fantastic and I love the fellow teachers I get to collaborate with every day. Since joining the DCSS family I have grown exponentially as an educator as there are opportunities here that do not exist elsewhere. I enjoy that I get to foster a love of history in young people every day while working to make the future of Albany even brighter.

Ronald Bell 

School Nutrition District Manager at the Central Office

"Working for Dougherty County School System gives me a sense of purpose. Knowing that I can contribute directly to the development of students is highly rewarding. Dougherty County School system contributes to the betterment of the community and the lives of its students!"

Albany, Georgia

Why Albany?

Situated in Georgia’s beautiful Plantation Trace region, Albany is the hub of Southwest Georgia for healthcare, retail, cultural activities, manufacturing and higher education.

The primary trade center for the region, Albany is defined by the free-flowing rapids of the Flint River, named such by Creek Indians for its rich mineral flint or quartz naturally found there and used to make weapons and tools. The centerpiece of redevelopment in downtown Albany, the river serves as a natural backdrop to the Flint RiverQuarium, a 175,000-gallon, 22-foot deep Blue Hole aquarium that opened in 2004 highlighting the journey of the river and the natural ecosystems of the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint River basins.

Albany boasts several quality-of-life amenities within walking distance of the aquarium, including Riverfront Park, Turtle Grove Play Park, the Thronateeska Heritage Center, Wetherbee Planetarium and the Albany Civil Rights Institute. Families and visitors with a passion for wildlife can visit the only AZA-accredited zoo outside of Atlanta – Chehaw Animal Park, featuring Creekside Education Center, Children’s Play Park and a nationally sanctioned BMX bike track. Albany also has the region’s only permanent installation of traditional African art as well as exhibitions of American Impressionism at the Albany Museum of Art.
Whatever your heart desires, we have it – right here in Albany, Georgia!