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, AAAIS, and IBO. She is currently on the Board of Trustees for Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, and serves as a Board member of the Georgia Independent Schools Association (GISA). Ms. Orr was awarded the prestigious Klingenstien Heads Program Fellowship at Columbia University.
Mrs. Julia Derucki
Assistant Head of School
Principal, Lower and Middle School
Mrs. Derucki has spent over 30 years teaching and working exclusively in Catholic schools in Indiana, Florida, and Georgia. She has taught both elementary and middle school grades, with 11 consecutive years teaching 4th grade. Mrs. Derucki also served in administrative positions, including Principal, Dean of Students, and Dean of Academics. She is an active member of the National Catholic Education, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and Association for Middle Level Education. Mrs. Derucki 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. She has completed Level 3 Administrative Training for the International Baccalaureate. Mrs. Derucki was one of the initial faculty of Notre Dame Academy, beginning with the foundation in 2005.
Mrs. Elizabeth Bourneuf
Director of the Father Colin Program
Mrs. Bourneuf began her role as the director of the Father Colin Program (FCP) in 2017. Prior to that, she served as Notre Dame Academy's Lower School Learning Specialist during the 2016-17 school year. Before joining the ND Academy family, she worked in Forsyth County Public Schools as a Special Education Facilitator and supervised special education programming at all levels. She has taught special education in PA, MD, MO, and KS. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education, Masters in Special Education, and an EdS in Education Leadership and Supervision. Mrs. Bourneuf has training in UDL, Orton Gillingham, Read Naturally, SRA, SIMS Learning Strategies, Language Live, Step Up to Writing, assistive technology, teaching students with Autism, teaching students with Executive Functioning deficits and is the PBIS team leader. In her free time, she volunteers with Canine Assistants and serves as a board member of the Innovative Health Foundation. She also enjoys traveling, working out and spending time with her family.
Mr. Reilly Campbell
Director of Operations
Mr. Campbell began his role as Director of Athletics and Operations for Notre Dame Academy in October of 2018. Previously, he was our Director of Operations since June of 2017, and before that 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. Prior to the his time at The Bolles School, Mr. Campbell was the Athletic Director and Head Boys Basketball Coach at Lake Worth Christian School in Boynton Beach, Florida. In total, Mr. Campbell has over six 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
Principal, Early Years Campus
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.
Mrs. Nadia Robinson
Director of Finance
Mrs. Robinson 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. Mrs. Robinson has over eleven years of experience in the business office at a school that serviced students with learning differences. Mrs. Robinson 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
Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid
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.
Mrs. Tracy Verrigni
Principal, Upper School