Principals provide primary gains at Chartiers Valley
By Megan Guza
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Chartiers Valley Primary School students will find a new face in the administration when they return to the classrooms today, Thursday.
Stephanie Faith, the newly hired assistant principal, replaces Julie Hopp, who was promoted to principal this summer.
“My mother was a teacher at Deer Lakes for 38 years,” she said, “so working with children was something I always knew I wanted to do.”
Faith comes from the Ambridge School District, where she served as principal for State Street Elementary. While there, she also served as assistant coordinator of special education and school psychologist.
A graduate of Miami University of Ohio, she earned her master's degree in school psychology from Duquesne University and has a certificate in educational leadership.
She said she hopes to be able to build on programs already in place at Chartiers Valley.
“I'd like expand on what is here right now,” she said. “Especially the positive-behavior rewards.”
She would also like to bring more STEM programs to the primary school — science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“Some people think K-2 is too young to introduce STEM programs to, but I'd like to bring those here,” she said. “Maybe through robotics programs and other computer-based programs.”
She said her school psychology background also will allow her to assist with things like grief counseling and crisis management.
Faith comes to the position after Hopp was promoted to primary school principal earlier this summer. Hopp said she wants to push forward with the positive-reinforcement programs already in place at the school.
One part of that, Hopp said, are common behavior expectations. This initiative focuses on the concept that all teachers take ownership of all students.
“All teachers are sending the same message,” she said. “Any teacher can reward any student.”
She also wants to get parents more involved in their child's education.
“We're inviting parents to become partners,” she said. “Home is where everything starts.”
She said there will be volunteer opportunity for parents and materials they can use at home to help their children.
“Some parents get frustrated, because they want to help and don't know how,” she said. “We want to give them ways they can help if they want to.”
Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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