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Duneland Schools welcomes Marianne Orfanos to Leadership Team - 2/23

The Duneland School Corporation welcomes Marianne Orfanos to its leadership team as the district’s new Director of Exceptional Learning/Special Education. This appointment comes as Porter County Education Service (PCES) interlocal school districts are bringing special education teaching and paraprofessional staff directly under their respective umbrellas in 2023-2024. Orfanos will begin her new role on March 10.


“Marianne is a proven leader and outstanding educator. We are very excited to welcome her to the Duneland School Corporation,” said Superintendent Dr. Chip Pettit. “Our students, families and staff will benefit greatly from the leadership that Marianne will provide to our schools.”


“We are thrilled to have Marianne join our team. We can’t wait for her to get started,” said Duneland School Corporation Board President Alayna Lightfoot Pol.


I am encouraged by the steps PCES has taken through a collaborative improvement process to decentralize programs and services for students beginning with the 2023-24 school year. Bringing teachers and building-level paraprofessionals into employment agreements with individual districts will promote unity among staff, streamline communication for families and align curriculum, assessment, evaluation, and professional development initiatives to best support students,” said Dr. Pettit.


Marianne Orfanos

Marianne Orfanos – DSC Director of Exceptional Learning/Special Education

For the past 18 years, Marianne Orfanos has spent her professional career in the service of students with disabilities, their teachers and families. Her roles have included instructional assistant, special education teacher, dean of special education in preschool and elementary, consultant with the Indiana IEP Resource Center and her most recent position, as the Secondary Coordinator of Exceptional Achievers with the School Town of Munster. Each role she has served in has expanded her knowledge and skills to lead and train staff as they instruct students. She places a high value on connection to the classroom, and believes that each student can realize their potential when the right support is provided to students and their teachers. “I have a passion for serving in this field, and I look forward to serving the Duneland School Corporation as a leader building a successful team based on trust and a shared vision,” said Orfanos.