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Meet the Management Team

Ms. Debra Orr
Head of School

Ms. Orr has worked in education for more than 30 years. She started in the Dekalb County public school system and later moved to St. Pius X Catholic High School, where she worked as a teacher, Learning Specialist and administrator. In 2000, Ms. Orr was hired as an Assistant Principal and helped open Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Roswell. Later, she was recruited to launch Pinecrest Academy’s High School. In 2005, following approval from the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Ms. Orr founded and opened Notre Dame Academy as an independent Catholic School where she remains as Head of School. Ms. Orr has a Masters Degree as a Reading Specialist from Georgia State and Post Graduate work in Education Leadership at the University of Georgia.

She has served on numerous accreditation visit teams including those at Pinecrest Academy, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School and St. Patrick’s in Norfolk, Virginia. Ms. Orr is a graduate of Leadership Gwinnett and is actively involved with numerous organizations including SAIS-SACS, GISA, AAAIS, and IBO. She is currently on the Board of Trustees for Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School. Ms. Orr was recently awarded the prestigious Klingenstien Heads Program Fellowship at Columbia University.


Mr. Bill Cahill
Athletic Director

Mr. Cahill joined Notre Dame Academy as the Athletic Director on July 1, 2017. Prior to this, Mr. Cahill worked in education as a teacher, coach, and administrator in North Dakota for 39 years. During that time, Mr. Cahill's teams were in the playoffs 21 times with four appearances in the state championship game in football. He was state Coach of the Year three times and North Dakota's nominee for National Coach of the Year twice. He was North Dakota Athletic Director of the Year twice and a national nominee twice. He is a past President of the North Dakota Coaches Association and three times was listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers. The past four years he has been an assistant coach at St. Francis and Notre Dame Academy. Mr. Cahill is a native of upstate New York and has a Bachelor of Science degree from Valley City State University in Valley City, North Dakota.


Mr. Reilly Campbell
Director of Operations

Mr. Campbell began his role as Director of Operations for Notre Dame Academy in June of 2017. Prior to this, he was the World History and Human Geography teacher for 9th and 10th grade students at Notre Dame Academy for the 2016-2017 school year. Since 2016, he has also served as Notre Dame Academy's Head Boys Basketball Coach. Prior to coming to ND Academy, Mr. Campbell worked as the Director of Enrichment and Extracurricular Programs at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida. In total, Mr. Campbell has over five years of experience as a teacher and administrator in the independent school setting, as well as over eight years of basketball coaching experience. Mr. Campbell received his Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from the University of New England and a Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management from Florida State University.


Mrs. Sharon Colletta
Director, Early Years Campus

Mrs. Colletta has been teaching in various capacities since leaving her role in technology consulting in 2001. She began her career in education at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School teaching Spanish. During her years of rearing young children, Mrs. Colletta spent many hours volunteering with both youth groups and marriage ministries. She also continued to work as a Spanish tutor. Since 2011, she has been teaching Religion at Notre Dame Academy’s Early Years Campus. In 2016 she transitioned into the role of Director of the Early Years Campus. Mrs. Colletta completed her undergraduate degree in Spanish at the University of Notre Dame and her Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Seattle Pacific University. She is a founding leader of the Notre Dame Academy Marist Way groups.

Mrs. Julia Derucki
Principal, Lower and Middle School

Mrs. Derucki has spent 23 years teaching and working exclusively in Catholic schools in Indiana, Florida, and Georgia. She has taught 2nd-8th Grade, with 11 consecutive years teaching 4th grade. She also served in administrative positions, including Dean of Students at a K-8th inner-city school and Dean of Academics. Mrs. Derucki piloted the ND Academy 8th Grade Annual “International Trip” and has traveled with the students to Japan, Italy, France, Spain, and Ireland. She is a member of the NCE, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and was nominated by parents for both the Atlanta Journal and Constitution (AJC) Teacher of the Year in 2002 and Disney’s Teacher of the Year in 2003. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Ball State University, graduate courses in Educational Leadership from Indiana University-Purdue University Institute, and a Master of Science in Education with honors from Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL.


Mrs. Melissa Hardegree
Director of Advancement

Mrs. Hardegree has sixteen years of experience in the development field. Prior to joining the staff of Notre Dame Academy, she was the Director of Development for The Howard School in Atlanta for five years where she supervised all fundraising and community relations for the school, including a capital campaign, annual giving, communications, alumni relations and community partnerships. She also spent more than a decade with the Georgia Baptist Health Care Foundation in Atlanta. During the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, Melissa was part of a planning team of representatives from Atlanta hospitals to coordinate housing for officials and first aid station staffing and supplies for three Olympic venues. A native of Toccoa, Georgia, Mrs. Hardegree is a graduate of the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of Georgia with a B.A. in Journalism.


Mr. Ken Lemons
Director of Educational Technology

Mr. Lemons joined Notre Dame Academy in 2011 as the Education Technology Coordinator. Prior to Notre Dame Academy, Ken spent eight years with Black and Veatch Special Projects Corporation where he worked as an Environmental Engineer and Computer Network Administrator (Atlanta, GA), and three years with the University of Virginia where he worked as an Information Technology Specialist (Charlottesville, VA). Ken holds a Master of Science in Technology and Science Policy, a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, all from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a registered professional engineer in Georgia.


Ms. Nadia Murray
Senior Accountant

Ms. Murray joins Notre Dame Academy as the Senior Accountant. Her prior experience includes serving as the Director of Finance & Operations at a Quaker school in Newton Square, Pennsylvania. Ms. Murray has over eleven years of experience in the business office at a school that serviced students with learning differences. Ms. Murray earned her undergraduate degree in political science from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. She completed her Masters in Business Administration at West Chester University.


Mr. John Henry Spann
Principal, Upper School

Mr. Spann attended Southern Catholic College for three years and completed a BA in History at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. After working as a firefighter, he moved to Atlanta and began his career as a Social Studies teacher at Holy Spirit Preparatory school, eventually becoming a House Master. After receiving his M.Ed. in Independent and Charter School Leadership from Mercer University, Mr. Spann joined Notre Dame Academy as a member of its inaugural Upper School faculty, teaching, and managing student activities from the EYC thru the Upper School. In May of 2016, he completed his Master’s of Theological Studies from Holy Spirit College.

Mr. Spann is passionate about Catholic education, focusing his cumulative master's research project on formulating an authentically Catholic philosophy of education. He looks forward to his two oldest children starting Kindergarten and Pre-K3 at Notre Dame Academy next year.


Mrs. Stacy Stanford
Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid

Mrs. Stanford began her role as Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid in the summer of 2017. Prior to this role, Mrs. Stanford served as Notre Dame Academy’s Director of Advancement from 2011-2017, leading the school through Phase One of the inaugural capital campaign and supervising the Advancement Department in charge of all fundraising, special events, marketing, and community relations. Prior to Notre Dame Academy, Mrs. Stanford worked for Fortune 500 Newell Rubbermaid in Channel Marketing, Marketing Communications, Account Management and District Sales Management roles from 2002-2011. Mrs. Stanford is a graduate of Marist School in Atlanta and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree, Cum Laude, from The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of Georgia.