- Orange County School District
OCS Online Academy to Open August 23rd!
Mr. Stan Farrington has taken on an additional, brand new position as the principal of the new OCS Online Academy, starting July 12, 2021. In addition to serving as the top leader for the new virtual school, he will also continue to serve students as the principal of Partnership Academy.
Mr. Farrington holds a Master's Degree in Education Administration from North Carolina Central University.
He has faithfully served OCS since 2004, and he has 24 years of experience in the field of education. He spent 20 years as a classroom teacher, and the 2021-2022 school year will mark his 5th year as the Principal of Partnership Academy.
Mr. Farrington is highly adept at building relationships and establishing rapport with staff, students, other stakeholders and the community at large. He believes is supporting and empowering students and staff to become leaders. His motto is to “balance touch love with earned praise.” Mr. Farrington is an excellent listener, and he describes himself as creative and prepared.
“I look forward to a new opportunity to collaboratively inspire students to dream, to learn, to seek, and to achieve - in order to transform their passions and visions into new realities,” said Mr. Farrington about his new role.
Many people do not know that Mr. Farrington grew up on a family farm. He also has experience as a YMCA camp counselor and eventual YMCA director.
He is originally from Chapel Hill and has four children—two who attended Durham schools, and two who attended OCS.
Ms. Michelle Fournier officially began serving as the Assistant Principal of the new OCS Online Academy July 12, 2021.
Ms. Fournier earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a concentration in Education Studies from Guilford College and a Master of Education degree in Instructional Technology from NC State University.
She taught High School Spanish in Wilkes County, Elementary Spanish in Ashe County, and served as a Digital Learning Coach in Orange County. After eleven years of teaching, she completed her principal residency at A.L. Stanback Middle School and the former C.W. Stanford Middle School in Orange County during the 2020-2021 school year. She earned her Master of School Administration degree in May 2021 from NC State University, as a member of Cohort 26 of the NC Principal Fellows Program.
Michelle is passionate about using technology and digital learning resources to create equitable, engaging, and relevant learning experiences for all students. She also believes strongly in the power of positive relationships and community-building, and is able to use her Spanish-language skills to connect with more families.
Michelle currently resides in Durham, North Carolina, with her two children, ages 14 and 11, who also attend Orange County Schools, two dogs, and two cats. She enjoys cooking, crocheting, listening to music, and spending time in nature in her free time.
"I am so excited for this opportunity to utilize my skills to support OCS students and families in an online environment,” said Ms. Fournier. “We have such a unique opportunity to develop positive relationships, focus on academic growth and achievement, and personalize learning for each student."