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Hampton hires from within for new high school principal

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 7:31 p.m.
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Marguerite Imbarlina

Hampton High School will welcome a familiar face as high school principal next school year.

Hampton school board approved the hiring of Marguerite Imbarlina, current secondary assistant principal and instructional coach, as the high school principal effective July 1 during a special meeting April 28.

“I'm excited to work with the community, faculty and staff to continue to move forward,” said Imbarlina of Shaler Township.

Imbarlina will replace Jeff Finch who in March was selected by the board to be Hampton's assistant superintendant for a four-year term, effective July 1 through June 30, 2018.

Imbarlina was hired at a salary of $115,000.

School Board President Bryant Wesley said he was excited to welcome Imbarlina to the position.

“You were far and above the best candidate, and we're proud to have you,” Wesley said after the board voted to hire Imbarlina.

She started her career as an English teacher in South Fayette School District and moved to Hampton in 2004.

She became high school assistant principal in 2012.

Imbarlina holds a doctorate in education focusing on administrative and policy studies from the University of Pittsburgh as well as her certification as a K-12 principal and supervisor of instruction and curriculum. She received her undergraduate degree in English from Washington & Jefferson College and holds a master's in reading education from Pitt.

Her dissertation was an analysis of secondary schools' and principals' need to implement literacy instruction across subject areas. Imbarlina said she also sees her work benefitting the high school and district to create a literacy plan to integrate literacy instruction in all subjects.

“I want to maintain the momentum we started with moving teachers forward to improving assessment to improving instruction … and open up programs to have kids think about what they can do with their education,” Imbarlina said.

Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or bhofstetter@tribweb.com.

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