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Two Senior Administrators Join OCS in Academics, Equity

Senior Leaders Bring Innovation, Collaboration to Orange County Schools

May 9, 2024
Kevin Smith, Chief Public Information Officer

The Orange County Board of Education has approved two new appointments by Superintendent Dr. Danielle Jones for senior leadership roles to energize and innovate across academics, achievement, and equity to help every Orange County Schools student reach their maximum potential in the 2024-2025 year.

“I am excited for our new leadership to join the district, with their skills and experience employing a data-driven, student-centered mindset,” said Dr. Jones. “These are two demonstrated leaders who consistently bring the energy and collaboration we need to accomplish all the goals set out in our strategic plan, and I welcome their innovative spirit and deep commitment to ensuring that we fully serve each and every student in Orange County Schools.”

Effective July 1, 2024, Dr. Julie Pack will serve as OCS Chief Academic Officer, and Dr. Sheldon Lanier will serve as the district’s Chief of Equity and Student Achievement.

Their respective roles and responsibilities will be fully outlined in the superintendent’s leadership reorganization prior to July 1.

Dr Julie Pack Orange County Schools Chief Academic OfficerChief Academic Officer Dr. Julie Pack comes to her role from Durham Public Schools where she currently serves as Senior Executive Director of Career and Technical Education and Magnet Programs. From 2011 to 2019, she was Director of Secondary Education in Asheboro City Schools, after teaching and school administrative roles in Asheboro City Schools, Randolph County Schools, and Alamance-Burlington School System since 1995.

Dr. Pack received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Specialist in Education, and Masters in School Administration at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and her Bachelor of Arts in History with teacher certification at Elon University. She holds licenses in school administration (superintendent, principal), curriculum instruction, and grades 9-12 history. She was named a National Leadership Fellow in 2020 by the Association of Career and Technical Education and has presented extensively at the state and national level on the power of educational innovation to transform schools and school districts.

 

Dr Sheldon Lanier Orange County Schools Chief of Equity and Student AchievementChief of Equity and Student Achievement Dr. Sheldon Lanier has most recently served as Principal of Sherwood Githens Middle School and W. J. Brogden Middle School in Durham Public Schools since 2018 and 2020, respectively. Dr. Lanier directed Equity Leadership and AVID programs for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools from 2014 to 2018, after teaching and school administrative roles in Wake County Public School System starting in 2001.

Dr. Lanier received his Doctorate in Education, Specialist in Education, and Master of School Administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at North Carolina State University. He holds licenses in school administration (superintendent, principal), and grades 6-9 mathematics and science. He has presented frequently at the state and national level on educational equity and culturally-responsive teaching to support every student.

 

We asked Dr. Pack and Dr. Lanier for a few thoughts to introduce themselves to our community:

Dr. Julie Pack, OCS Chief Academic Officer

What is your vision for academic leadership overall, and as you prepare to join Orange County Schools?

“I aspire to cultivate an environment where every student thrives. I champion a holistic approach to education, emphasizing not only academic achievement but also the development of essential life skills. I see Orange County Schools as committed to promoting academic excellence that extends beyond traditional metrics – we celebrate students who are not only college-ready but also career-ready, recognizing all the diverse pathways to success. Engaging all students in STEM learning will foster critical thinking, problem-solving, and innovation across disciplines, equipping every student with the skills necessary to graduate with options, and ensuring they are well-prepared for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow's world.”

What inspired you to become an educator?

“I have always known I was meant to be a teacher, even from a very early age.  Like many educators, I was inspired by the amazing teachers I was lucky to have throughout my educational experience.”

What is your greatest desire for schools and educators at this moment?

“I want the education of our youth to be the number one priority for our community, state, and nation, and I would like to see educators celebrated like rock stars and professional athletes for the amazing work they do each and every day.”



Dr. Sheldon Lanier, OCS Chief Equity and Student Achievement Officer

What is your vision for leadership in equity and student achievement (school improvement) overall, and as you prepare to join Orange County Schools? 

“Equity work is the key to ensuring our scholars’ achievement in every field of human endeavor. It is the work we do every day, as we are charged with ensuring that all scholars have the tools they need to graduate – both college and career ready, and as productive citizens of our society. As educational leaders, we work for children… they are our number one priority. I look forward to partnering with our community stakeholders and collaborating with our district leaders to ensure excellence for all of our scholars.”

What inspired you to become an educator?

“My mother, father, and brother are all in education so, it's safe to say it's in our DNA! My father was also my middle school Principal, so I had the privilege of observing a phenomenal educational leader every day.”

What is your greatest desire for schools and educators at this moment?

“Simply put… to put our scholars first, treat all scholars as they would want someone to treat their child, and to do everything they can within their sphere of influence to ensure the academic growth and achievement of every child. That is the work of Orange County Schools and what makes this district outstanding, and it is an honor and privilege to serve this district in the capacity of Chief Equity and Student Achievement Officer.”