About Us

Our Mission & Vision

The mission of the Center for Teaching and Learning is to catalyze teaching and academic excellence by engaging the community, developing partnerships that are critical to achieving Forsyth Tech’s shared vision, and pursuing innovations that make education more accessible, affordable, and of higher quality.

Our Vision

Transformational change in education. According to a report written by Battelle for Kids (2011), “Transformational change occurs when educators understand their students’ achievement and learning progress and are aware of the resources, data, training, and support available to ensure college and career readiness for every child. If teachers know how to interpret and make instructional adjustments based on data, their students will perform at higher achievement levels” (p.3).

Our Core Values


We value personalized learning experiences by approaching everyone as individuals.


We recognize in education that one size does not fit all. Learners have their own unique experiences and skill sets that influence the way that they learn or remain present during the process. Therefore, we strive to employ inclusive teaching practices for all.


We commit to evidence-based practices that facilitate significant learning experiences and utilize data to inform our services, curriculum design and development.


We enhance best practices for learning, teaching, and professional development using cognitive and meta cognitive strategies that encourage continuous reflection and reconciliation in our offerings.


We enable students, faculty, staff, and other members of Forsyth Tech community to learn and explore their professional motivation and interests which is proven to increase confidence and performance.


We expect opportunities for self-assessment and other forms of practice in the learning process. Practice is necessary for the facilitation of safe and penalty-free learning environments.


We educate learners on the importance of aligning “critical course components” to learning objectives and course outcomes for the elimination of material, technologies, and concepts that are unaligned. – From Quality Matters

Our History

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), formerly known as the “Center for Transformative Learning,” is the realization of work that initially began with an emphasis on distance education as the Department of Distance Education. Later, this area would evolve into the Department of Learning Technologies which focused on instructional development and student support for all issues surrounding distance education.

When Forsyth Tech began the planning process for its upcoming Quality Enhancement Plan, the idea of a teaching and learning center became the catalyst for seeking external funding for its creation. After a successful submission to the Department of Education’s Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant Program, the teaching and learning center, which later became the Center for Transformative Learning, was established.

Our Team

Gretchen Benton

Manager, Learning Services Innovation


Deborah Brown

Specialist, Learning Technology Innovation


Carmen Canty-Johnson

Part-Time Specialist, Learner Engagement Solutions


Phillip Carter

Part-Time Specialist, Learner Engagement Solutions


James Cook

Associate Vice President, Transformative Learning


Debi Griffith

Part-Time Learning Designer


Jon Howle

Director of Teaching and Learning Innovation


Sean Killebrew

Specialist, Instructional Technology


Lucious Oliver II

Designer, Learner Engagement Solutions


John Reece

Lead Specialist, New Media and Design


Trevor Tufano

Part-Time Specialist, New Media and Design


Leanne Wieland

Instructional Designer, Faculty Development


How We Can Help

The Collaboratory (ONLINE) will be open from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday– Thursday and 8:00AM to 2:00PM Friday to provide services for faculty, staff, and students.

Please contact the Information Technology Services (ITS) Support Center to begin the support process. This is the first stop for receiving the support and initiating services.