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New member to join Eden Hall administration

| Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
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Autumn Turk was hired as assistant principal at Burrell School District's Huston Middle School on Aug. 9, 2016. She had filled a similar role at Pine-Richland's Eden Hall Upper Elementary, and prevouisly worked as an academic intervention specialist in Burrell elementary schools.

Eden Hall Upper Elementary School soon will welcome a new member to its administrative team.

The Pine-Richland School Board approved Autumn Turk as an assistant principal at Eden Hall at the meeting Feb. 24. Turk, 30, of Lower Burrell, said she is excited to start this new journey in her life.

“I'm committed to a student-centered approach,” she said. “I feel that students are our focus ... they need rigorous and specialized instruction to meet their individual needs.”

Turk has been the academic intervention specialist at Bon Air Elementary and Stewart Elementary schools in Burrell School District for four years. Previously, she was a first-grade teacher in the Highlands School District for five years.

She will receive an annual salary of $72,967 and begin working at Pine-Richland pending release from her current district.

“Mrs. Turk will complement the administrative team with her student-centered focus and strong background knowledge of response to instruction and intervention programs,” Superintendent Brian Miller said.

Turk will join Principal Steven Smith and Assistant Principal Joseph Domagala at Eden Hall.

“I am impressed with the seriousness that Mrs. Turk brings to her work and the passion she brings for building a strong school community,” Smith said. “She quickly demonstrated her knowledge of using data for student achievement.”

Turk received her bachelor's degree in elementary education and special education from Clarion University and her master's degree in school leadership from the University of Pittsburgh. She also received her K-12 principal and supervisor of curriculum and instruction certifications from the University of Pittsburgh.

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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