Phone: 717-896-3416 extension 112
Degrees and Certifications:
-Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate: English & Communication Arts -K-12 Principal Certification -Vocational Director: 7-12 -Supervisor of Language Arts -Letter of Eligibility -Bachelors Degree: Theatre Arts -Masters Degree: English Education -Doctorate: Education Leadership
Dr. Michele M. Orner
Michele M. Orner, Ed.D. was appointed to a three year term as Halifax's Superintendent of Schools in July 2014. Her commission has since been renewed for five years, through June 30, 2022. Before arriving in Halifax, Dr. Orner was Director of Career and Technical Education in the Carlisle Area School District. In her administrative role, she supported over 40 staff members who taught 12 career and technical education programs and twenty-five elective courses in Business, Family Consumer Science and Technology Education. She oversaw the department’s budget and was responsible for managing the district’s Perkins and Technical Preparation grants. As a development director and advocate for career and technical education, Dr. Orner secured funding and support for students through business, industry, and community partnerships.
Prior to her tenure in Carlisle, Dr. Orner was an 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. She also taught Speech Communication and English at the Gettysburg Campus of Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) for over 22 years.
Dr. Orner holds a Bachelors degree in Theatre Arts 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.
Dr. Orner supports public education as an Education Policy Leadership Center (EPLC) Fellow, a member of PASA, the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, and Secretary to PARSS, the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools. She is proud of her election to the Shippensburg University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa.
Dr. Orner is supported by Todd Orner, her husband of 30+ years, the Vice-President of Information Technology at Hoffman Homes for Youth, the current president of the Gettysburg Area Education Foundation, and a 12 year veteran of the the Gettysburg Area School District Board of Directors. Their son Benjamin is a senior at Kent State University in Ohio, majoring in Broadcast Journalism. In their spare time, the Orner family enjoys traveling, NASCAR, and performing community service.