The Out-of-Door Academy (ODA) recently announced the appointment of Debra Otey as its next head of school, effective July 1, 2022. James Connor, former head of school at
Germantown Academy from 1990-2016, is serving as interim head of school for the 2021-2022 school year.
Otey holds a bachelor of science degree and a master's degree in secondary education (English) and is currently completing an Ed.D. in educational leadership from
the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She has taught middle-school English and held positions as an elementary school principal, head of middle school, assistant school superintendent, and most recently as head of upper school at Cannon School in North Carolina.