Mr. Michael Allison
Mr. Michael Allison is the principal of Hopewell High School. He began his administrative career on March 1, 1998 when he came to Hopewell High School as the Assistant Principal and in August of 2000 assumed his role as building principal. Prior to coming to Hopewell, Mr. Allison served as a teacher in the South Side Area School District; where he was consistently challenged by his supervisors to take on roles as a teacher leader. He was a South Side High School teacher of Earth and Space Science as well as Physical Science for two years and then found his passion with seven years of teaching eighth grade science at South Side Middle School. He also served as a boys and girls basketball coach at South Side.
Mr. Allison’s proudest educational moments come from knowing he has helped to shape the educational vision of his school community; from watching students receive their diplomas, knowing he had a role in their success; and from getting to congratulate each individual student at graduation. He views the principal’s job as a vocation demonstrated by his strong commitment to students and their success. His driving passion is to build communication links to students and staff focused on serving each student’s needs as an individual. Mr. Allison strongly believes that the Hopewell Area School District is a special community shaped by the work ethic of our grandparents and their histories in the factories of Beaver County and furthered strengthened by the strong ethnic connections and religious dedication of the families of our school community. He feels a strong connection to Hopewell and its families through his extended service to our school community. Working with so many students through the years and now working with their children and knowing so many grandparents and aunts and uncles has created a unique connection that allows him to connect and further his relationships with our students, families and school community.
Mr. Allison earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education (Biology) from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in 1989; a Master’s of Education degree in Educational Leadership and secondary principal certification from Franciscan University of Steubenville; and an elementary principal certification from Westminster College. He was also a member of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program for Educational Leaders (IDPEL) Cohort 2003 at Duquesne University.
coming to Hopewell, Mr. Allison, has been an active leader in local, state and
national principals associations. He has served as the President of the
MAC Principals Association; he has been on the Board of Directors of the
Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PAESSP)
since 1999 and served as the Pennsylvania president during the 2007-2008 school
year. Recently, Mr. Allison was again elected to serve as President of
PAESSP, which is now called the PA Principals Association, and he will assume
that two year term beginning in October of 2018. Further, Mr. Allison has been
published in the PAESSP magazine, The Pennsylvania Administrator, and has
served as an adjunct faculty member in the Principal Leadership graduate
program at Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH.
In 2010, Mr. Allison was elected to serve on the
Board of Directors of the National Association of Secondary School Principals
(NASSP) and culminated his work with NASSP by serving as the 2015-2016 national
president of NASSP. During his presidency, he was blessed to have the
opportunity to go with a small cadre of American principals to China for a
month to share educational best practices with principals across China.
Additionally, he has worked on numerous national committees; engaged in
advocacy work with legislators in Washington D.C. promoting principals and the
power of our public high schools; and he has presented at state principal
conferences across the United States.
Since 2010, Mr. Allison has been elected annually
by his principal peers to the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic
League (WPIAL) Board of Directors and works as the association treasurer.
In July of 2018, Mr. Allison was elected to a position on the Pennsylvania
Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Board of Directors and looks
forward to working with athletes, principals, and other school leaders from
across Pennsylvania in this new role.
Mr. Allison resides in Findlay Township, with his
wife, Michele, and their son, Alexei. He always recognizes and thanks
them for their support in his efforts to be an effective and dedicated
Jennifer Conrad began her tenure at Hopewell Area School District in September, 2017. As somewhat of a career shift, Mrs. Conrad began her school business career in June, 2005, as the business manager at Wilmington Area School District. Prior to that, Mrs. Conrad was employed as an office manager by a construction company from 1990 to 2002, and as a commercial loan analyst by Sky Bank from 2002 to 2005. Mrs. Conrad is a graduate of Robert Morris University and resides in Portersville with her family. Mrs. Conrad is thankful for the opportunity to be a member of the Hopewell Area School District and is always impressed by the “Purpose, Passion, and Pride” that is evident in all of our schools.
Korri Kane has been with the Hopewell Area School District since 2007, as an Assistant Principal at the Junior Hih, and is currently the Elementary Principal for the district. She is a graduate of both Edinboro University and the University of Phoenix. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech and Hearing Disorders and a Master’s Degree in Education. Mrs. Kane is an active member of the PA State and National Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, The International Society for Technology in Education, and National and PA State Association of Elementary School Principals.
Mr. Robert Kartychak was named
Assistant Principal of all three elementary buildings within the district on
July 22, 2014. He has had the privilege of spending his entire
professional career in the Hopewell Area School District. Mr. Kartychak's
career began as a sixth grade teacher at Hopewell Memorial Junior High School
in 2002, and would later serve as a fourth grade teacher at Hopewell Elementary
for the final four years of his teaching career. Throughout his
professional career, Mr. Kartychak has been interested in how students learn
and engage with mathematics.
Mr. Kartychak earned his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree
from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2001; Masters of Education in
Administration and Policy Studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006;
and is currently working towards obtaining his Doctorate in Educational
Leadership with Superintendent Letter of Eligibility from Point Park
While I am not officially Hopewell alumni, I am a proud Viking! It has
been a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with the best staff, students,
and parents around since 2002. When I am not at school, I reside in North
Fayette with my wife Colleen, and sons Bobby and Patrick.
Mr. Edward Katkich, a 1990 graduate of Aliquippa High
School, obtained his Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from West
Virginia University. Subsequently, he pursued his Master in Educational
Administration from Youngstown State University. Mr. Katkich is a long
standing member of the National Association of Elementary and Secondary School
Principals (NAESSP), Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary
School Principals (PAESSP), National Association for Supervision and Curriculum
Development (NASCD), and the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and
Curriculum Development (PASCD).
Since 1997, Mr. Katkich has proudly served as an employee
of the Hopewell Area School District. Following a brief, yet rewarding,
five year tenure as a 7th/8th grade geography and social studies educator, Mr. Katkich joined the Hopewell Area School District’s Administrative Team as Jr. High Assistant Principal. In 2005, he was promoted to Junior High Principal and continues to serve the Hopewell Learning Community in this capacity.
Throughout his tenure of over 20 years with the Hopewell
Area School District, Mr. Katkich has assisted in the development of the
District’s Strategic, Safety and Special Education Plans. Collaboratively
with staff members, Mr. Katkich has worked to integrate curricular offerings to
include STEAM oriented electives and various other courses focused on the
application of skills gained within the core content. He strongly
believes that as an educational leader one should always listen to the voices
of his/her students. For if you wish to provide an engaging learning
environment, an educational leader needs to decipher the interests of the young
academicians in order to foster a truly meaningful curricula.
Dr. Jacie Maslyk
Passionate about teaching and learning, Dr. Jacie Maslyk has
served in public education for 22 years. Dr. Maslyk worked as a
classroom teacher, reading specialist, elementary school principal, and
Director of Elementary Education prior to her current role as the Assistant
Superintendent in the Hopewell Area School District.
Dr. Maslyk is an advocate for creativity and innovation in the
classroom and has presented at the local, state, and national level on many
topics, including STEAM education and the Maker Movement. Active in
educational organizations, she has served as an Editorial Advisor for the
National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Principal Magazine
and published a number of articles on school leadership, the Common Core, and
effective classroom instruction. Dr. Maslyk also blogs for the
International Literacy Association (ILA) and volunteers on several ILA
A successful school leader, Dr. Maslyk was recognized as a National
Distinguished Principal finalist in Pennsylvania in 2013 and 2014.
In 2015, she was awarded the Frank S. Manchester Award for Excellence in
Journalism from the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School
Principals (PAESSP). She is also the author of STEAMMakers;
Fostering Creating and Innovation in the Elementary Classroom, a book focused
on incorporating hands-on learning into our instruction.
What Dr. Maslyk loves most about Hopewell is watching the passion
in the students when they are truly engaged in learning. It is that
spark in a student's eye that makes it all worth it!
Dr. Michelle Miller
has served over 20 years in public education was appointed as Superintendent of
the Hopewell Area School District in July 2016. Dr. Miller shares that “I feel
truly honored to be part of the Hopewell Area School District and feel privileged
work with the amazing students, teachers, administration, school board, and
Dr. Miller, a
lifelong educator, attended Chatham College, Duquesne University and the
University of Pittsburgh to prepare her for a career in education.
She began her teaching and administrative
career in the Ellwood City Area School District as a Social Studies teacher and
then as Assistant High School Principal. She then joined the
administrative team at Seneca Valley School District as the Principal of Haine
Middle School, a 5th and 6th grade middle school.
With superintendent leadership experience in the districts of Blackhawk and
Wilmington, Dr. Miller joined our District with a wealth of school leadership
experiences. As your Superintendent, Dr.
Miller wants parents to know that each child’s education is our priority.
We want to create a safe and
engaging learning environment where all of our students want to be and want to
With an unwavering passion for
teaching, Dr. Miller has been an adjunct professor at Westminster College and
continues to be a guest speaker in teacher and administrative preparation
programs. Dr. Miller serves as a Board Member for Lifesteps, Inc.,
Tri-State Study Council, and the Forum for Western PA Superintendents. Upon
returning to Beaver County as Hopewell’s superintendent, she has joined the
Executive Boards for Beaver County United Way, Beaver County Cancer and Heart
Association and Beaver County Educational Trust.
Miller resides in South Beaver with her family and is proud to be part of the
Hopewell Area School District serving the students, parents, and community. Dr.
Miller shares that “through our staff and students’ Purpose, Passion and Pride,
the future of Hopewell is unlimited!”
Dr. Kellee Oliver
Coordinator of Pupil Personnel Services
Oliver, a proud Hopewell graduate, began her tenure with the Hopewell Area
School District in August 2012. Her passion for
working to identify and remove barriers to student learning, and advocating for
the needs of children, adolescents, and teenagers has been the driving force
for her career and is reflected in her prior experiences. Dr. Oliver
earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Social Work from Gannon University,
a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology and a M.S. in School Psychology from Edinboro
University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in Instructional Management and
Leadership from Robert Morris University. She is a Nationally Certified School
Psychologist (NCSP) and has her Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services
Prior to joining the Hopewell administrative team, Dr. Oliver
interned in New York for one year and worked for two years as a school
psychologist in Ohio. She is an active member of the National Association of
School Psychologists (NASP), the Pennsylvania Pupil Services Administrators
(PAPSA), and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).
Outside of school Dr. Oliver enjoys spending time with her family
and greyhounds as well as volunteering for a local greyhound rescue
Director of Buildings and Grounds
Mr. Pelino is a 1978 graduate of the Hopewell Area
School District. Upon graduation he
joined the United State Marine Corps and served until 1981. He also served in the Air National Guard with
the 171st Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron in Pittsburgh
from 1985 through 1989.
Mr. Pelino has been with the Hopewell Area School
District since 2004 as the Director of Buildings and Grounds. He has an associates degree in specialized
technology in the Aeronautical Maintenance Program. He holds an Airframe and Power Plant License
in the aviation field.
Prior to coming to Hopewell, Mr. Pelino worked for
USAirways from 1986 through 2004, with the last four years assigned to
Facilities Maintenance, where he executed orders for all maintenance on hangers
and, at the time, the most advanced automated belt system for passenger
Being a 1978 Hopewell graduate, along with being a
member of the community, gives me the motivation and desire to make a difference
in education by providing a clean and safe environment for all students, staff
and members of the community.
Heather Roach is a school psychologist and works with
Hopewell students in all grades. Heather has worked as a school
psychologist for 19 years, in various environments, ranging from pre-school to
high school, with general education and special education students, and in the
pediatric medical field. She has an extensive background in psycho-educational
assessment, individual and group counseling, and behavior management. Mrs.
Roach earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from LeMoyne College and a Master
of Science in School-Community Psychology from The College of New Rochelle. She
began her educational career as a school psychologist in New York before moving
to Pittsburgh in 2005. She spent 10 years working in the Prader-Willi Syndrome
program and Pediatric Pain Disorders program at The Children’s Institute. She
has been working with the Hopewell Area School District since October of 2016.
Mrs. Roach enjoys helping students succeed and collaborating with Hopewell
families, administrators, teachers, and community providers. Outside of school
she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.
Mr. Douglass Rowe has
served as the assistant principal at Hopewell High School since 2009. He played a role in founding the Hopewell
Cyber Academy, has been a vocal advocate for technology in the classroom, is
the SAP coordinator, works closely with the Beaver County Truancy Intervention
Program, led a push for a positive social media presence for the District, and
trained students and staff in the ALICE program as a response to an active
Prior to coming to
Hopewell, Mr. Rowe taught English for ten years at Rochester High School. During that time, he was also a club sponsor and
English department chairperson. Mr. Rowe
coached football at Rochester and Beaver Falls and girls softball at
students realize their potential for success has been Mr. Rowe’s proudest
accomplishment as an educator.
Mr. Rowe served as the
MAC Principals Association president during the 2014-2015 school year, was the
acting principal at Hopewell High School for the 2015-2016 school year, and has
served on the WPIAL Sportsmanship, and Football Steering committees. He earned a BS in Secondary English Education
in 1999 and his Pennsylvania Principals Certificate from the University of
Pittsburgh in 2005.
Mr. Rowe lives with his
wife Natalie and their children Maryn, Maddie, and Sam.
Dr. Lynn Utchell
Director of Special Education
Dr. Lynn Utchell began her educational career in 2004 as Hopewell Area School District’s first School Psychologist Intern. Following her internship she worked as a School Psychologist in Allegheny County for the Shadyside Academy Junior School and the Carlynton School District. Dr. Utchell proudly returned to the Hopewell Area School District in August of 2010 as the Director of Special Education.
Prior to beginning her career, Dr. Utchell
earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Allegheny College and obtained
both her Master of Science in Education and Doctorate in School Psychology from
Duquesne University. Her educational focus has centered on the areas literacy
and inclusion. She is a member of Pennsylvania and National Associations of
Pupil Services Administrators, National Association of School Psychologists, Association
for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Beaver County Local Task
Outside of school she enjoys spending time with
her husband, two children and golden retriever. Dr. Utchell is dedicated to
making sure ALL individuals find their purpose, passion and pride at Hopewell!
Jessica Webster is the Assistant Principal at Hopewell Memorial Junior High School and loves collaborating with students, parents and teachers in developing confident critical thinkers with a passion for life-long learning. She began her career as a special education teacher, serving as the Director of Special Education for an urban charter high school in Philadelphia, PA. She then taught middle school special education and history in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, serving as the eighth grade level chair before moving to Pittsburgh, PA where she served as the Inclusion Specialist for the Mt. Lebanon School District for six years. Throughout her tenure in education, Mrs. Webster has sought opportunities to focus on student engagement, social-emotional learning and building and supporting equitable and inclusive school cultures. Mrs. Webster received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Miami University of Ohio, a Master’s degree in Literacy Education from UNC-Chapel Hill, a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Edinboro University and is currently enrolled in the University of Pittsburgh Educational Leadership Doctoral Program. While school administration is her job by day, Mrs. Webster enjoys spending time with her husband, three children and two dogs, restoring and renovating her 1836 home, reading great novels and spending time outdoors. You can find out more by visiting http://jgroteweb.wixsite.com/jwebsterportfolio.