Academics Office

The Academics Office develops and coordinates resources to ensure that students receive rigorous, engaging instruction tailored to their individual needs in order to ensure their postsecondary success. The office emphasizes instructional leadership as the key lever to ensuring all students meet college and career readiness standards in every school.

Contact information

200 E. North Avenue
Room 405
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone 443-984-2000
Fax 410-396-9663

Key staff
Sean L. Conley, chief academic officer
Dawn Shirey, director, 21st century learning (email)
Laurie-Lynn Sutton, director, school transformation and turnaround (email)


College and Career Readiness

Promotes a strong culture of pursuit of postsecondary opportunities, student engagement and motivation, success in rigorous academic programming and career pathway options, and successful transition to college and other postsecondary opportunities

Key staff
Rudy Ruiz, executive director (email)
Michael Thomas, director, career readiness (email)

Instructional Leadership

Builds, sustains, and oversees the capacity of instructional school leaders to support teachers in meeting the learning needs of every student, working within geographic community learning networks organized under executive directors to provide differentiated, prioritized, aligned, and coordinated supports based on individual school needs and data.

Key staff
Daryl Kennedy, senior executive director, secondary (email)

Specialized Services

Promotes academic, social, and emotional development through services and interventions to meet the needs of diverse students, ensuring that there are multiple pathways to graduation, the identified needs of students with disabilities are met, and appropriate guidelines and regulations are followed

Key staff
Tiffany Clemmons, executive director (email)
Macon Tucker III, manager of specialized services (email)
Roger Shaw, director, multiple pathways (email)
James Padden, director, related services (email)
Louise Fink, director, home and hospital 

Strategy and Compliance

Leads the work within academic departments regarding strategy development and alignment, policy, return on investment/program evaluation, and effective and efficient operating processes

Key staff
Jennifer Dull, director (email)

Teaching and Learning

Prepares students for college and career through development and implementation of curriculum, interventions, enrichment, and assessments, focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics); media and instructional technology; literacy, language, and culture; differentiated learning; and school transformation

Key staff
Janise Lane, executive director (email)
Laura K. Jones, manager, teaching and learning (email)
Lara Ohanian, director, differentiated learning (email)
Ryan Salta, director, STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) (email)
Lindsay Sullivan, director, literacy, language, and culture (email)
Perry Gorgen, director, early learning programs (email)