Welcome #NorthAtlanticRenRegion educators! Learn more about your champion and what’s going on in your region below.

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Each region is led by a champion, a volunteer educator who has seen the power of Renaissance in their school. Educators in each region share ideas and successes with one another through Facebook Groups and a monthly email newsletter. 


Hi, I’m Michelle CarneyRay-Yoder, the proud superintendent of the Central Regional School District in Bayville, NJ. Before coming to Central Regional, I was the Somers Point School District Superintendent, Principal/ Director of Special Education for Margate City Schools, middle school vice-principal in Egg Harbor Township, a Learning Disability Teacher Consultant in Galloway Township, and a Special Education Teacher (LD/ ED) in Brigantine and Norfolk, Virginia, along with a paraprofessional in Norfolk, Virginia. In addition to my educational experience, I also serve as an adjunct professor at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (Master’s level teacher education/ administration), along with previous basketball coaching experience at the middle, high school, and Division III levels.


Before starting my educational career, I was a Division I basketball player on a full scholarship at The College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA). Playing against the powerhouses of women’s college basketball created a great sense of preparation, patience, and teamwork, and it was an incredibly formative influence that I brought to my position in Central Regional.


This drive led me to continue my education and complete a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Virginia) and a Master’s Degree and Doctorate in Educational Administration at Widener University (Chester, PA). I am so excited to be the Renaissance Champion for the North Atlantic!

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