Kathy Lane has served in the public and nonprofit educational sectors for over three decades. Mrs. Lane’s success is driven by her compassionate, caring, and collaborative leadership style. She leverages her broad-reaching leadership opportunities to develop, implement and evaluate programs for students experiencing barriers to learning. Mrs. Lane earned her undergraduate degree from The Catholic University of America in Elementary/Special Education, her master’s degree in Psycho-Education of the Emotionally Disturbed Adolescent from George Washington University, and her certificate in Administration and Supervision from Bowie State University. Mrs. Lane has broad experience in Special Education, Charter Schools, Alternative Schools, program development, start-up, implementation, and program evaluation to ensure student achievement and continuous school improvement.
She began her career as a Special Education teacher working primarily with students K-8 with emotional/behavioral and learning disabilities in Prince George’s County. She was then tapped by Anne Arundel County Public Schools as its first Specialist of Emotionally Disturbed Programs and Services K-12. Mrs. Lane then served as an Assistant Principal of a special education wing for students with emotional disabilities in a traditional elementary school and Principal of a Non -Public Special Education facility for students with Emotional Disabilities K-8. Mrs. Lane was then selected as the county’s first Director and then promoted to Executive Director of Alternative Education.
In this capacity, she was responsible for supervising and developing numerous county-wide programs including Alternative Schools, Home Hospital Teaching, Evening High Schools, Summer Schools and Twilight Schools, PBIS/MTSS, Restorative Practices, Student Safety and Discipline, and Charter Schools. In this role, she was responsible for the development of the AACPS charter school authorizer’s framework, after the passage of the Maryland Charter School law in 2004.
Additionally, she was responsible for making recommendations to the Board of Education on approvals/denials and led the Charter Agreement development process and ensured its ensuing accountability expectations. She managed several systemwide projects, including Eliminating the Achievement Gap and the School Start Times Task force.
Upon her brief retirement (one day) from AACPS, Mrs. Lane was appointed Chief Education Officer for The Children’s Guild, a Baltimore-based Non-Profit Child serving organization. In this capacity, Mrs. Lane was responsible for the supervision and operation of 4 charter/contract schools in AACPS and Washington DC, three Nonpublic Special Education programs serving students with emotional disabilities and autism in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Prince George’s County K-21, as well as a Preschool in Montgomery County. She was responsible for 4000 students, 800 staff and managed a 70-million-dollar budget, and led the organization through the global pandemic, online learning, hybrid learning, and recovery efforts to accelerate student achievement.