CONCORD – Debra Otey will join Cannon School as head of the upper school July 1. “Deb’s breadth of experience as an educator sets her apart,” Head of School Matt Gossage said in a news release, “and she has a track record of leading in a way that encourages others to do their best.”



Otey currently serves as assistant superintendent at Rockford Christian Schools, an independent, interdenominational pre-kindergarten-through-12th grade college preparatory school in Rockford, Ill. For the past three years, she has supervised a faculty of 70 teachers and participated in strategic planning.



Otey also helped launch the school’s Mandarin Chinese language program, instituted a laptop program and expanded the college-counseling department.



She also served for four years as middle school principal at Charlotte Christian School and three years as principal at Ledgewood Primary School, a pre-kindergarten-third grade public school in Roscoe, Ill.



Otey began her career with eight years in the classroom, first in public middle schools in West Virginia and Illinois and later as an adjunct professor at Rockford College.



Otey earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, W.Va., and a master’s degree in secondary education from West Virginia University. She also holds an educational leadership certification from Northern Illinois University and a gifted/talented certification from Rockford College.