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Pine-Richland High School Welcomes Two New Assistant Principals

Pine-Richland School District is pleased to announce that two new administrators will soon join Pine-Richland High School. The board approved the hiring of Mrs. Tracy Kuchnicki and Dr. Lisa Harding as assistant principals in a special meeting on July 14, 2022.

Mrs. Tracy Kuchnicki

Tracy KuchnickiMrs. Kuchnicki is a familiar face at the high school, having served as the emotional support teacher for the last five years and as Special Education Department chair for grades 7-12 for the last three years.

“I am honored to continue my career with Pine-Richland School District as an assistant principal," Ms. Kuchnicki said. "We have such an amazing student body and staff at the high school. I look forward to fostering a sense of community through collaboration with Pine-Richland students, staff and families.”

Mrs. Kuchnicki has participated on several building level committees that help promote student growth such as RAMS Way, Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) at the high school level. Most recently, she was part of the In-Depth Program Review study for special education and MTSS. 

"Mrs. Kuchnicki is focused on making learning improvements for every student every day and partnering with PR teachers to develop positive school culture," noted Dr. Frank Hernandez, principal of Pine-Richland High school. "Mrs. Kuchnicki has a strong understanding of Pine-Richland's mission, vision, values and goals, and how she can work as a member of the high school administrative team to support success and continuous growth for students, staff and programs.  

Dr. Michael Pasquinelli, assistant superintendent of secondary education and curriculum, added, "Mrs. Kuchnicki has developed her leadership skills over the past few years as our special education department chair and high school emotional support teacher,. These experiences, along with her desire to contribute on a broader scale to help improve the academic and social experiences for all high school students, will make an immediate, positive impact."

Prior to working at Pine-Richland, Mrs. Kuchnicki held the role of transition coordinator/special education teacher at Lifesteps Transition Program for four years, and special education teacher at The Summit Academy for two-and-a-half years. She earned a bachelor of science degree in special education and elementary education at Slippery Rock University, a master’s degree in education for special education supervision, and a principal certificate from Point Park University.

Dr. Lisa Ann Harding

Lisa HardingDr. Harding comes to Pine-Richland High School from Chesapeake Public Schools in Chesapeake, Virginia, where she had been assistant principal for instruction at Indian River High School since 2014. 

Dr. Harding said she is honored to serve the students, staff and community of Pine-Richland. "I look forward to building positive relationships with stakeholders and contributing to the culture of excellence inherent to the students, school and families." 

As assistant principal for instruction, Dr. Harding was responsible for instructional, academic and testing matters for 1,700 students and 160 staff. She created, implemented and oversaw the enrichment, remediation and professional development plans for students and staff. She also presented in-service trainings on data analysis, research-based practices, integration of technology, and instructional leadership. Through data analysis, team building and remediation, she assisted the administrative team with increasing students’ standardized test scores in English, math, science and history. 

"Dr. Harding comes to PRHS with over a decade of leadership experience that will immediately add strong value to the high school administrative team," said Dr. Frank Hernandez, principal of Pine-Richland High School. "When combined with her desire to develop positive relationships with students, families and teachers, Dr. Harding will be able to support growth for student, school-level and district goals. Throughout the interview process, our team was impressed with Dr. Harding's student-centered and servant-leadership mindset, as well as her understanding of how to work with professional learning teams to improve school outcomes."

Dr. Harding also served as an assistant principal, team leader and teacher at Indian River Middle School. Before serving Chesapeake Public Schools, she taught Spanish at the elementary level and English at the middle and high school level. She is also certified in gifted education, humanities, advanced placement and AVID.

"Throughout the interview process, Dr. Harding expressed her alignment with the district's mission, vision and values," said Dr. Michael Pasquinelli, assistant superintendent of secondary education and curriculum. "Her efforts in preparing for the interviews align with comments from her references that describe Dr. Harding as a hard working, ethically driven educator who loves working with both students and families. We are fortunate to have her as part of the high school team."  

Dr. Harding earned a bachelor’s degree in English education at Elon University, a master’s degree in middle level education and educational specialist degree in leadership and administration from Walden University, and an educational doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Virginia Tech.