Michele M. Orner, Ed.D. is the current Superintendent of the Octorara Area School District in Atglen, Pennsylvania and the former Superintendent of the Halifax Area School District in Dauphin County. Her previous administrative experience includes Career and Technical Education Director for the Carlisle Area School District, Assistant Principal in the Cumberland Valley School District, Principal of the Franklin County Career and Technology Center, and the Senior High Project Coordinator at Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School. She began her career in education in 1992 as an English, Speech and Theatre Arts teacher at Fairfield High School in Adams County and taught Effective Speaking at the Gettysburg Campus of Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) for over 22 years.
Michele holds a Bachelors degree in Theatre from California University of Pennsylvania, a Masters in English Education from Shippensburg University, and a Doctorate in Education Leadership from Duquesne University. She is certified as an English teacher, K-12 Principal, Supervisor of Language Arts, Vocational Administrative Director, and Superintendent of Schools.
Michele supports public education as an Education Policy Leadership Center (EPLC) Fellow and a member of PASA, the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators. She is proud of the advocacy work the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools does for school districts like Octorara and is honored to serve the organization as its Secretary. Michele and her husband of 30+ years, Todd, live in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania. Their son Benjamin is a graduate of Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, working as a news producer at WILX in Lansing, Michigan. In their spare time, the Orner family enjoys traveling, NASCAR, and supporting community service projects.