Bert L’Homme, Ph.D., returned to Durham Public Schools in July 2014 as superintendent, bringing with him an extensive background in education and children’s advocacy.
Dr. L’Homme’s career as an educator began in Washington, D.C., where he served as a special education teacher before moving to North Carolina. After six years as assistant superintendent for academic services with DPS, he served Franklin County Schools as superintendent from 2004 to 2009.
Outreach and advocacy have been hallmarks of Dr. L’Homme’s leadership throughout his career, and he joined the staff of the Children’s Defense Fund to become coordinator of the Cradle to Prison Pipeline Campaign in 2009. In July 2010, Dr. L’Homme was named superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., leading 96 schools that served more than 27,000 students. While at the Archdiocese, he transitioned the schools from individual to district-wide accreditation, implemented regular, continuous improvement planning and strengthened teacher professional development.
Upon accepting the post as superintendent of Durham Public Schools, Dr. L’Homme pledged to emphasize reading, lower suspension rates, and raise graduation rates while preparing students for college, a career and life.
Dr. L’Homme and his wife, Margaret, have three daughters and four grandsons.