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Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 9:01 p.m.
 

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 rfarkas@tribweb.com.

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