GCS Names New Director of PACE Project

Guilford County Schools’ Personalized Achievement, Curriculum and Environment, or PACE, project has a new director. At its Oct. 7 meeting, the Guilford County Board of Education named Robin Britt to lead the district initiative, which is funded by a $30 million Race to the Top-District federal grant.

In his new role, Britt will oversee the project, which seeks to personalize learning for middle school students in Guilford County.  Among other things, this includes providing tablets, other instructional technologies and training to 19,200 middle school students, teachers, administrators and parents.

Britt is currently a Personalized Learning Environment Facilitator at Northwest and Southern Middle schools, a role he has held since 2013. The facilitators are each assigned to two middle schools, working with administrators, teachers, students and parents to provide lessons, workshops and instructional support related to the PACE grant and personalized learning goals.

Prior to joining the PACE team, Britt taught social studies at Brown Summit Middle and third, fourth and fifth grade at Erwin Montessori. As a teacher, he used technology to deliver lessons and raised funds to purchase student laptops, e-readers, e-books, software and other technology tools. In 2009, he was a finalist for Rookie Teacher of the Year.

Britt’s experience with GCS started in a very different way. From 2001-06, he was an education attorney at Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey and Leonard, LLP, where he served as assistant school board attorney for the Guilford County and Rockingham County Boards of Education. He chose to leave the legal profession to work in education.

Britt has a bachelor’s in American History from the University of North Carolina. He also has his Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law, and a Master of Business Administration from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.