Whitney Oakley is Superintendent of Guilford County Schools. Previously, she served as the Chief Academic Officer from 2019-2022. Before that, she supervised Teaching and Learning and Elementary Education in Guilford from 2012-2019. She served as a turnaround principal in Alamance County, NC and has teaching experience in special education, Kindergarten and third grade. Whitney earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2011 with work focusing on high performing young female principals in the 21st century. She also earned her master’s degree in Elementary Education in 2005 and her bachelor’s degree in Special Education from East Carolina University.
A few reflections from Whitney:
“I can speak to people about implementing high quality curriculum in a large district, the importance of sustained professional learning, how curriculum and access to grade level instruction is linked to later life outcomes for students, how providing aligned resources has helped our district pivot to remote instruction during a pandemic, and how providing aligned instructional resources is racial equity work.”