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Dr. Denise Morton

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Dr. Denise Morton is a retired public school teacher and administrator with over 38 years of experience teaching and leading in the public schools. She holds an undergraduate degree from East Carolina University in Special Education, masters’ degrees in both Special Education and School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNC-G), as well as a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from UNC-G.

Along with her special education teaching experience, Dr. Morton has provided leadership at the Central Office level in the Alamance County Schools and Alamance-Burlington School System as an observer evaluator, Director of Exceptional Children’s Programs, Director of Secondary and Career-Technical Education and at her retirement held the position of Chief Academic Officer for Orange County Schools. She has also served as a clinical assistant professor at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at Elon University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) and currently instructs doctoral interns in the Educational Leadership program at UNC-CH.

She has served on numerous boards throughout her career as a member of the North Carolina Association of Supervision of Curriculum Development, UNC-CH education advisory board, Elon University advisory board, Durham Tech’s advisory board, the Association of Retarded Citizens, the United Way of Alamance, the Hill Center,  Alamance Eldercare member and  Board chair and UNC-G’s public school advisory board.

Dr. Morton was recognized for her leadership by the Association of Supervision of Curriculum Development (ASCD) in implementing the common core and essential standards successfully in Orange County Schools as a guest speaker at ASCD’s state conference in 2012, at the North Carolina affiliate (NCASCD’s) conference in Pinehurst in 2013 and had a featured article in ASCD’s national publication “Educational Leadership” in the fall of 2013.

She was awarded the North Carolina prestigious public service award “The Order of the Long Leaf Pine” from Governor McCrory in 2013 for her outstanding service to the students in North Carolina public schools. She is currently the Director of Outreach for The Hill Center in Durham, North Carolina.



Our Professionals

Kathy H. Isenhour
Partner, School Efficiency Consultants

H. Hank Hurd, MBA
Partner, School Efficiency Consultants

Brenda Jones
Human Resources' Consultant

Ricky Lopes
Partner, School Efficiency Consultants

Dr. Denise Morton
Consultant, School Efficiency Consultants

Leon L. Rives II
Founding Partner

Kay Williams
Consultant, School Efficiency Consultants

SEC Partner Qualifications:

  • Local, state, and federal education administration leadership: U.S. Education Department, State Assistant Superintendent, District Superintendent, Finance Officer
  • Governmental and public school auditing
  • Experience working with small to large, urban and rural districts
  • Local, state, and national trainers of superintendents, principals, school board members and others

Partnership with Rives & Associates, LLP

School Efficiency Consultants is a subsidiary of Rives & Associates, LLP, Certified Public Accountants, a North Carolina company with offices in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Lexington. Rives & Associates has a 25-year history of developing economic plans for clients regardless of size or specialty. We are an accounting firm that goes beyond to ensure that our service model exceeds customer and our own high expectations.