Dr. Layne Dillard has been an educator in Alabama for 24 years, including 16 years as an administrator in public and private schools. She is currently the principal of a Title I turnaround school in North Alabama that has made a 26 point gain on the State Report Card in just two years. This achievement makes Layne’s school the 3rd most improved school in Alabama. Before this role, she served as a Director of Secondary Education, Staff Evaluations, Public Relations, Community Relations, Alternative Education, Program Implementation, Principal Mentorship, Alabama OSR Pre-K, Counseling, and Safety. She has also served as a principal in middle school, private school, and alternative school settings.
Layne is passionate about finding innovative ways for every student to experience success. She has conducted extensive research in high-performing, high-poverty schools and the steps necessary to impact students in this challenging environment. She has worked with numerous schools to design and implement differentiated learning and intervention into their daily schedules to impact student achievement. Layne has presented at multiple state conferences over the past 20 years, including an invitation from the Governor of Alabama to speak at his Dropout Prevention Summit for demonstrating outstanding results in working with at-risk youth.
Before becoming a principal, Layne was awarded Secondary Teacher of the Year in the Morgan County School district and the Secondary Teacher of the Year from the Veterans of Foreign Wars. She has also led a school that received the prestigious CLAS Banner School Award. Layne has served and on multiple non-profit executive boards, committees, and community organizations. In addition to her educational experience, she has also advised and managed political campaigns and is a freelance writer.
Layne earned her B.S. in Secondary Education and an M.A. in Educational Leadership and Administration at the University of North Alabama. She earned a Doctor of Education in Learning Organizations and Strategic Change from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.