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Mr. Michael Allison
Mr. Michael Allison
Principal

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. 

Since 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 principal!

Sheri Douglass
Sheri Douglass
Transportation
Korri Kane
Korri Kane
Principal

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.  

 

Robert Kartychak
Robert Kartychak
Assistant Principal

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 University.

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.

Edward Katkich
Edward Katkich
Principal

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
Dr. Jacie Maslyk
Asst. Superintendent

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 committees.

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
Dr. Michelle Miller
Superintendent

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 staff.”

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 learn.

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.  

Dr. 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
Dr. Kellee Oliver
Coordinator of Pupil Personnel Services

Dr. Oliver is the Coordinator of Pupil Personnel Services and School Psychologist. She 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 has a passion for working to identify and remove barriers to student learning, and advocating for the needs of children, adolescents, and teenagers. Dr. Oliver is honored to work with all of Hopewell Area School District’s families and educators. 

Venanzio Pelino
Venanzio Pelino
Director of Buildings and Grounds
Heather Roach
Heather Roach
Psychologist
Doug Rowe
Doug Rowe
Principal
Donald Short
Donald Short
Athletic Director
Dr. Lynn Utchell
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 Force.

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
Jessica Webster
Vice Principal

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.

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