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, college and career readiness (email)
Daniel Heller, manager, college and career readiness (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
Executive director (position currently vacant)
Macon Tucker III, manager of specialized services (email)
James Padden, director, related services (email)
Lois McLaughlin, coordinator for IEP development and implementation (email)

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)


Whole Child Services and Support

Oversees the strategic direction of wellness, climate, social emotional, behavioral, wrap-around, extension services and enrichment opportunities within the district that keeps the holistic needs of students, families and staff at the forefront.  Connects strategy within academics and implementation within the Chief of Schools offices, to provide support to schools within an ecosystem that meets the diverse needs of students both academically and social emotionally.

Key Staff
Executive director (position currently vacant)
Director, social emotional learning, climate and wellness (position currently vacant)
Everett Garnett, director, suspension services (email)
Sharone Brinkley-Parker, director, enrollment, choice, and transfer (email)
Louise Fink, director, home and hospital/health services (email)
Tiffany Byrd, coordinator for athletics (email)