Phone: 717-896-3416 extension 112
Degrees and Certifications:
-Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate: English & Communication Arts -K-12 Principal Certification -Supervisor of Language Arts -Letter of Eligibility -Bachelors Degree: Theatre Arts -Masters Degree: English Education -Doctorate: Education Leadership
Michele M. Orner, Ed.D. was appointed to a three-year contract as Superintendent of the Halifax Area School District effective July 1, 2014. Before arriving in Halifax, Michele served the Carlisle Area School District as the Director of Career and Technical Education. 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 funding. She embraced her role as development director, securing funding and support for students by partnering with business, industry and the community.
Prior to her tenure in Carlisle, Michele served one year as Assistant Principal in the Cumberland Valley School District, four years as principal of the Franklin County Career and Technology Center, and four years as 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 at the Gettysburg Campus of HACC for over 22 years.
Michele 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, principal, supervisor of language arts, and superintendent of schools.
Michele supports public education as an Education Policy Leadership Center Fellow, a member of PASA, the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, and a representative to the Executive Committee for PARSS, the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools. She is proud of her election to the Shippensburg University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa.
Michele is, above all, a devoted wife and mother. Todd, her husband of 30+ years, is Vice-President of Information Technology at Hoffman Homes for Youth and serves as president of the Gettysburg Area School District Board of Directors. Their son Benjamin is a student at Kent State University in Ohio, majoring in broadcast journalism.