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Thursday, November 1, 2001 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA)—Frank P. Galicki, principal of Dallas Senior High School in the Dallas School District, has been named president of the Pennsylvania Association of Secondary School Principals (PASSP) for 2001-2002.

Galicki currently serves PASSP as president-elect, and has served as a past president and chair of the Pennsylvania Associations of Elementary and Secondary School Principals' Joint Management Committee. He is a former president and president-elect of PASSP as well as a member of the Conference Committee (1994-present) and the East I Regional Representative (1993-1997).

Galicki began his career in education as a social studies teacher at Northwest High School. He served as an assistant principal at Berwick and Dallas high schools. He has been principal at Dallas Senior High School since 1984.

In addition to being a member of PASSP and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), he is a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.

During Galicki's tenure as PASSP president and past president, the Pennsylvania Principals' Emergency Response Team (PERT) was created. A cadre of principals has been trained and is prepared and available to principals who need assistance in crisis management and natural disasters. He also assisted with the creation of the Pennsylvania Educational Leadership Foundation (PELF), the foundation of the PA Principals Association. Frank will be making a presentation on PERT at the NASSP Convention in Atlanta in March 2002.

Galicki has been a PIAA official in basketball, baseball and football for the past 25 years. He has umpired professionally for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Red Barons and has officiated professional football in the Empire Football League for the past 12 years.

Additionally, Galicki is a eucharistic minister at the Ascension Roman Catholic Church in Mocanaqua, Pa., for the past 12 years. He also teaches fifth and sixth grade confirmation classes.

A graduate of Wilkes College, he holds a bachelor of arts in social studies/education. He also holds a master of science in secondary administration and a master of science in elementary administration from Scranton University. He received his superintendent's letter of eligibility from Lehigh University.

PA Principals Association's mission is to: Assist members in fulfilling their role as instructional leaders and effective managers who promote the best educational program for all students; give members an effective voice in the educational decision-making process at the local, state and national levels; and improve members' working conditions so that their rights are protected, their job descriptions are reasonable, the importance of their instructional leadership role is recognized and their salaries and fringe benefits are equitable.

 
Thursday, November 1, 2001 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA)—Joseph J. Foriska, principal of Stevens Elementary School in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, has been named president of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary School Principals (PAESP) for 2001-2002.

Foriska previously served as principal of Langley High School, the Pioneer Education Center, Arsenal Middle School and Burgwin Elementary, all in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Additionally, he was assistant principal of Prospect Middle School & Multi-Cultural Center and Knoxville Middle School, also in the Pittsburgh Public Schools.

Foriska has been a member of PAESP and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) since 1990, and served on the PAESP Executive Board as the West IV Regional Representative. He previously served as an ad hoc member to both the PAESP and the Pennsylvania Association of Secondary School Principals' executive boards and as state delegate to the NAESP and the National Association of Secondary School Principals' conventions (for the past five years). In addition, he served on the PA Principals Association Conference Committee and was conference co-chair in 1990. He was also a panelist for the  "Aspiring Principals" workshop and a member of the PAESP Alternative Funding Committee.

Locally, Foriska served on the Pittsburgh Administrators Association (PAA) Executive Board as treasurer (1994-present) and first vice president (1991-1994). He represented the PAA on Meet and Discuss Committees, districtwide task force committees and Parent School Community Council Committees. He helped develop the PA Principals Association Western Office and initiated the present affiliation between PA Principals Association and PAA, bringing into membership approximately 212 new members.

Active in his community, he is involved in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Council; the Mayor's Youth Policy Council; his local community center's Sheraden Homework and Computer Center (SHACC); Pittsburgh Public School's Youth Crime Watch; and the Energy Conservation Organization.

A graduate of Edinboro University, Foriska received his M.Ed. and his Secondary and Elementary Principal and Education of the Mentally and Physically Handicapped Certifications from the California University of Pennsylvania.

PA Principals Association's mission is to: Assist members in fulfilling their role as instructional leaders and effective managers who promote the best educational program for all students; give members an effective voice in the educational decision-making process at the local, state and national levels; and improve members' working conditions so that their rights are protected, their job descriptions are reasonable, the importance of their instructional leadership role is
recognized and their salaries and fringe benefits are equitable.

 
Thursday, October 18, 2001 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA)— Dr. Thomas P. Carey, deputy director of elementary and secondary education for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, has been selected to receive the prestigious Pennsylvania Associations of Elementary and Secondary School Principals' (PA Principals Association) 2001 Educational Excellence Award. The award, given annually, recognizes a Pennsylvanian who has made significant contributions to public education and who continues to demonstrate a sincere commitment to quality education for all the children of the Commonwealth. The award will be presented to Dr. Carey in a special ceremony during the banquet at PA Principals Association's ninth annual joint state conference, October 29, 2001, at the Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh.

 

Dr. Carey has served the education field as a classroom teacher, a school board member and a school administrator. Prior to his current position, Dr. Carey was the executive director at the Armstrong-Indiana Intermediate Unit 28 and the curriculum specialist at the Northwest Tri-
County Intermediate Unit 5 in Edinboro. He also held positions with the Pennsylvania Department of Community Affairs, Girard School District and the Erie City School District.

Dr. Carey has held the position of president with the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units and with the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators as well as serving on its Board of Governors.

Dr. Carey has been involved in a number of community organizations such as the Armstrong County Chamber of Commerce, Armstrong-Indiana Excellence Foundation, Greater Indiana Endowment Foundation, Indiana County Chamber of Commerce, Indiana County Enterprise Zone, Indiana Rotary and the Private Industry Council of Armstrong-Butler-Indiana counties.

Dr. Carey earned his bachelor of science and M.Ed. from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He received his Ed.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His certifications include: Permanent Teacher Certificate, Pennsylvania; Secondary Principal Certificate, Pennsylvania; District Superintendent Letter of Eligibility, Pennsylvania; Intermediate Unit Executive Director Certificate, Pennsylvania; and School District Administrator, New York.

PA Principals Association's mission is to: Assist members in fulfilling their role as instructional leaders and effective managers who promote the best educational program for all students; give members an effective voice in the educational decision-making process at the local, state and national levels; and improve members' working conditions so that their rights
are protected, their job descriptions are reasonable, the importance of their instructional leadership role is
recognized and their salaries and fringe benefits are equitable.

 
Thursday, October 18, 2001 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA)—More than 250 elementary and secondary school principals will convene in Pittsburgh for the ninth annual joint conference of the Pennsylvania Associations of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association) to be held October 28-30, 2001, at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel.

Distinguished attendees include Richard Barbacane of Lancaster, immediate past president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals; Dr. John Thompson, superintendent of Pittsburgh Schools; and Alex Matthews, president of the Pittsburgh Board of Public Education.

Dr. Thomas P. Carey, deputy director of elementary and secondary education for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, has been selected to receive the PA Principals Association's prestigious Educational Excellence Award. The honor is given annually to a citizen of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who has made significant contributions to the attainment of education excellence in the state's elementary and secondary schools. Dr. Carey has served the education field as a classroom teacher, a school board member and a school administrator.

In addition to the more than 80 vendors exhibiting their wares for schools and classrooms, a multitude of professional and informational breakout sessions and keynote addresses will be presented to attendees during the three-day conference. Dr. Kevin Elko, a motivational speaker who has been an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and author of the book, "Nerves of Steel," will present "Nerves of Steel: How to Focus When the Heat is On" on Sunday, October 28. He has also consulted with and presented to a number of companies including Solomon Smith Barney, the University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department, the Dallas Cowboys, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Miami Dolphins and the New Orleans Saints.

Jim Grant, an internationally renowned educator and popular author, will give the keynote address, "Overcoming the Obstacles to Achieving High Standards," on Monday, October 29. He is the founder and executive director of the Society for Developmental Education, one of the nation's leading providers of professional development training for elementary educators. He is also the founder of the National Alliance of Multiage Educators.

Former Neshaminy School District staff member, Bernard Hoffman, will speak Monday, October 29 on "How to Make Your School Safe, Successful and Liability Free." In his almost 40 years at Neshaminy, he served as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, supervisor of curriculum and instruction, deputy superintendent and superintendent, to name a few. He is a consultant to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

For further information or to schedule an interview or photo opportunity, please contact
Sheri L. Thompson, PA Principals Association Director of Communications at (717) 732-4999 or e-mail sherit@paprincipals.org.

PA Principals Association's mission is to: Assist members in fulfilling their role as instructional leaders and effective managers who promote the best educational program for all students; give members an effective voice in the educational decision-making process at the local, state and national levels; and improve members' working conditions so that their rights are protected, their job descriptions are reasonable, the importance of their instructional leadership role is recognized and their salaries and fringe benefits are equitable.

 
Sunday, July 1, 2001 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA)—Dr. Zeb Jansante, a principal at Quaker Valley High School, Leetsville, Pa., has been selected to participate in the Principals' Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., July 15-17, 2001. Dr. Jansante has been selected based on his reputation as an outstanding principal.

The U.S. Department of Education, with assistance from the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the National Middle School Association, is sponsoring the summit. It will bring together 100 elementary, middle and secondary school principals from across the nation. Together, principals across the nation will extend the discussion of principal as instructional leader that began at the first summit, held last summer.

The discussion will also be extended to a specific area - the use of assessment data to drive decision-making and increase student achievement in our schools. The format of the meeting will include presentations and both large and small group discussions.

Dr. Jansante began his educational career as a teacher from 1983-1991, then as an assistant principal (1991-1995) and a principal at Elizabeth Forward High School (1995-2000). He has served as principal of the Quaker Valley High School since 2000.

Dr. Jansante is a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Pennsylvania Association of Secondary School Principals (PASSP) where he serves on the Executive Board as the West III Regional Representative. He is also the chair of the PASSP Principals' Professional Development Committee (1998-2001), a presenter for the PASSP Principals' Leadership Academy 2001, a member of the South Hills Area School Districts' Association and a facilitator for the University of Pittsburgh's Principals' Leadership Academy 2001.

PA Principals Association's mission is to: Assist members in fulfilling their role as instructional leaders and effective managers who promote the best educational program for all students; give members an effective voice in the educational decision-making process at the local, state and national levels; and improve members' working conditions so that their rights are protected, their job descriptions are reasonable, the importance of their instructional leadership role is recognized and their salaries and fringe benefits are equitable.

 
Sunday, July 1, 2001 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA)—Dr. Barbara Rudiak, a principal at Phillips Elementary School, Pittsburgh, Pa., has been selected to participate in the Principals' Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., July 15-17, 2001. Dr. Rudiak has been selected based on her reputation as an outstanding principal.

The U.S. Department of Education, with assistance from the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the National Middle School Association, is sponsoring the summit. It will bring together 100 elementary, middle and secondary school principals from across the nation. Together, principals across the nation will extend the discussion of principal as instructional leader that began at the first summit, held last summer.

The discussion will also be extended to a specific area - the use of assessment data to drive decision-making and increase student achievement in our schools. The format of the meeting will include presentations and both large and small group discussions.

Dr. Rudiak has been a principal in the Pittsburgh Public Schools for nine years. Prior to that, she taught 7th grade reading, math and English for 14 years in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Additionally, she was a supervisor for the school improvement program for the Pittsburgh Public Schools and an assistant principal for the Martin Luther Elementary School in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Rudiak is a member of the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary School Principals where she serves on the Executive Board as the West IV Regional Representative. She is also the recording secretary for the Pittsburgh Administrators' Association.

In addition, Dr. Rudiak is on the board of directors for several non-profit organizations, including Brashear Association, Pittsburgh Voyager and Pittsburgh Council on Public Education.

PA Principals Association's mission is to: Assist members in fulfilling their role as instructional leaders and effective managers who promote the best educational program for all students; give members an effective voice in the educational decision-making process at the local, state and national levels; and improve members' working conditions so that their rights are protected, their job descriptions are reasonable, the importance of their instructional leadership role is recognized and their salaries and fringe benefits are equitable.

 
Sunday, July 1, 2001 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA)—Thomas M. Shivetts, executive director of the Pennsylvania Associations of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association), and president of the Pennsylvania Educational Leadership Foundation, Summerdale, Pa., has been selected to participate in the Principals' Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., July 15-17, 2001. Mr. Shivetts is one of only eight statewide leaders selected by United States Secretary of Education, Rod Paige.

The U.S. Department of Education, with assistance from the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the National Middle School Association, is sponsoring the summit. It will bring 100 elementary, middle and secondary school principals together with professional association leaders from across the nation. Together, participants across the nation will extend the discussion of principal as instructional leader that began at the first summit, held last summer.

The discussion will also be extended to a specific area - the use of assessment data to drive decision-making and increase student achievement in our schools. The format of the meeting will include presentations and both large and small group discussions.

Mr. Shivetts has served public education for 30 years. Beginning his career as a social studies teacher, he later served as a supervisor of curriculum and instruction (K-12) and associate superintendent of the Williamsport Area School District. He has been executive director of PA Principals Association since 1996.

PA Principals Association's mission is to: Assist members in fulfilling their role as instructional leaders and effective managers who promote the best educational program for all students; give members an effective voice in the educational decision-making process at the local, state and national levels; and improve members' working conditions so that their rights are protected, their job descriptions are reasonable, the importance of their instructional leadership role is recognized and their salaries and fringe benefits are equitable.

 
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