About Dr. Orner
Michele M. Orner, Ed.D. is the current Superintendent of the Octorara Area School District in Atglen, Pennsylvania. Before joining the Home of the Braves, she was Superintendent of the Halifax Area School District in northern Dauphin County. Her previous experience includes Career and Technical Education Director for the Carlisle Area School District, Assistant Principal at Cumberland Valley High School, Principal of the Franklin County Career and Technology Center, and Senior High Project Coordinator at Mechanicsburg High School. She began her career in public education in 1992 as an English teacher at Fairfield High School near Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania. For over 22 years she was a member of the faculty at the Gettysburg Campus of Harrisburg Area Community College.
Michele holds a Bachelor's degree in Theatre from California University of Pennsylvania, a Masters in Education from Shippensburg University, and a Doctorate in Education Leadership from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. 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 the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA). She is proud of the advocacy work the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools does on behalf of schools like Octorara and is honored to serve as the organization’s Vice President.
Michele and her husband of 30+ years, Todd, live in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania. Their son Ben, a graduate of Kent State and the University of Springfield, Illinois, is a digital data reporter for NBC4i in Columbus, Ohio. In their spare time, the Orner family enjoys NASCAR, gardening, and traveling.