It’s been three months since Bert L’Homme was sworn into office as superintendent of Durham Public Schools.
L’Homme, 64, succeeded Eric Becoats Jr., who resigned last year after the school board voted not to extend his contract when it expired in 2016.
His last job was superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Washington, as well as interim chief operating officer, director of education policy and coordinator of the Cradle to Prison Pipeline Campaign for Marian Wright Edelman, and the Children’s Defense Fund.
We sat down with L’Homme to get his take on the state of things in Durham Public Schools and his approach to handling them.
When teachers feel that they are part of the solution – if you’re in a classroom and your principal is not including you in the decision-making of the school on how to go forward, that creates burnout. But if you’re part of that conversation, if you’re part of developing the plan ... every time we look to make that next step forward, it’s going to begin with teachers.