Pine-Richland principal to return to teaching math
Pine-Richland's John Pietrusinski wants to get back in the classroom.
After serving as principal at the high school for four years, he will return to teaching math at Pine-Richland Middle School this fall.
“I know in education there's a constant cycle of self-reflection and evaluation,” Pietrusinski said. “More and more, I came to realize that, although I appreciated the dynamic nature of administration, what called me to be an educator was more direct contact with the students.”
Pietrusinski began his career at Pine-Richland as a math teacher at Pine-Richland Middle School in 1996. He taught for five years and also served as technology resource facilitator at the middle school.
He served as assistant principal at the middle school in 2004 and became assistant principal at the high school in 2007.
“We realize making a shift of this nature mid-career is not easy,” Superintendent Brian Miller said in a statement released to parents in January. “We are pleased that Mr. Pietrusinski's talents will continue to be a valuable resource to the district, especially to the students of Pine-Richland Middle School.”
Although he has been at the high school for about seven years, Pietruskinski's true passion is to teach the middle-school students.
“I have always been drawn to the energy and excitement of middle school students,” he said. “I appreciate high school kids, but middle school is a very impactful time with kids, especially with math.”
All the details of the move have not been sorted out yet, but going from an administrative position to a teaching position will mean a potential pay cut for Pietrusinski, who makes nearly $100,000 annually.
“I anticipate that will be part of what happens,” he said. “That's how serious I was about wanting to change.”
The search process for a new high school principal already has begun. District communications director Rachel Hathhorn said the district hopes to have Pietrusinski's position filled by early summer.
Rachel Farkas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-779-6902 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- North Hills School District to hold first alumni choir reunion
- Richland flintlock firearms maker to teach class in Hampton
- Lack of Ross users could signal end of Bookmobile stop
- Ross Township sets limits on digital signs
- Construction costs double for new public works facility in Ross Township
- Ross ministry to focus on ‘Boundaries for Women’
- Ingomar Garden Club to present ‘Festive Rhythm and Hues’
- Shaler Area student named Miss Pennsylvania Junior Teen
- New Hampton assistant principal excited about future
- Shaler residents concerned about proposed cell tower camouflaged to look like tree
- Longtime Richland supervisor resigns