(Gibsonia, PA – January 9, 2017) Pine-Richland School District is welcoming a new member to its senior leadership team. The board approved Dr. Kristen Silbaugh to serve as assistant superintendent of elementary education and curriculum at its board meeting on Jan. 9, 2017.
The district conducted a thorough interview process in the selection of a candidate, who had to exhibit knowledge of curriculum, instruction and assessment at the elementary level, a strong background in leadership, engagement and communication skills as well as being student-centered.
"After completing a rigorous hiring process, we are proud to welcome Dr. Silbaugh back to Pine-Richland School District,” said Dr. Brian Miller, superintendent. “She is a former graduate of Pine-Richland. Her parents are also graduates of Richland High School."
Earlier in the year, Dr. Laura Davis, director of pupil services, announced that she will retire at the end of the 2016 - 2017 school year. A district level reorganization was conducted based on an analysis of both strategic and operational needs for the future. In March, Dr. Silbaugh will join Dr. Michael Pasquinelli, who has been serving as assistant superintendent since 2013. His primary focus will shift to secondary education and curriculum. Both assistant superintendents will share some K-12 responsibilities. In addition, some of Dr. Davis’ responsibilities will shift to Mr. Noel Hustwit, director of special education.
"We look forward to the impact Dr. Silbaugh will make on the educational program at PR,” said Dr. Miller. “She is ethically-directed in her actions and student-focused in her beliefs. She uses a collaborative approach to leadership that will further strengthen the PRSD community."
Dr. Silbaugh says returning to Pine-Richland will be a deeply meaningful and rewarding experience and allow her to give back to the community which educated her.
"I am very appreciative of the opportunity extended to me by the school district and board of directors and intend to perform my personal best each and every day to serve the entire community of learners, students and staff members alike,” said Dr. Silbaugh.
Prior to March, Dr. Silbaugh will finish her post as principal of Ingomar Elementary School, where she served as principal since 2011. Before her arrival at Ingomar Elementary, Dr. Silbaugh served as assistant principal at Ingomar Middle School for three years, after spending one year in the role of lead teacher in the same building during the 2007-2008 school year. In 2010, she also served in the capacity of acting principal at Ingomar Middle School. Prior to taking on these administrative roles, she taught German at Ingomar Middle School, North Allegheny Senior High, North Allegheny Intermediate High School, and in the Norwin School District, where she taught a variety of introductory, essentials, academic, and honors German courses across the seventh through twelfth grade spans.
Dr. Silbaugh earned a Doctor of Philosophy in organizational learning and leadership from Gannon University, where she completed her superintendent letter of eligibility. She earned a Master of Education in curriculum & instruction from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, as well as her principal certification from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Education in secondary education with a certification in K-12 German from Pennsylvania State University.