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New Hampton assistant principal excited about future

| Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, 9:02 p.m.
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Stephen Pellathy

The new administrative team at Hampton High School is rounded out by an assistant principal with a strong background in science.

The newest addition, Steve Pellathy, was in place when classes started Aug. 21. He replaced Jeff Katan who resigned to become principal at Keystone Oaks Middle School.

The Hampton school board approved Pellathy as assistant principal at the high school, effective Aug. 5, at an annual salary of $85,000.

The high school's administration team is led by Marguerite Imbarlina, who was promoted to high school principal in April, and Pellathy joins Michael Amick, the other high school assistant principal, who was hired in June.

Assistant Superintendant Jeff Finch, who left his position as Hampton High School principal after 15 years to join central office administration, said the new administrative team at the high school will help enhance instruction.

“There is a benefit to new people coming into our system,” Finch said.

Pellathy said he is excited to join “an exceptional district” and work with high school students and teachers.

“I really do look forward to getting to know all the students and their families and make a contribution to Hampton to continue to move forward and maybe get better,” Pellathy said.

“I think I can be a direct support to students and families — all administrators play that role — (and help students) get the most out of their high school experience and really be prepared … after they leave high school.”

Pellathy has a doctorate in physics education and a master's degree in history and philosophy of science from the University of Pittsburgh.

He also has a master's degree in applied physics from Cornell University in New York and a bachelor's degree in physics from Ohio University.

He received his principal certification in 2012 through Pitt by taking advantage of changes in the state Department of Education's certification process that allowed three years of relevant professional experience to replace the requirement for five years of teaching experience.

Pellathy worked with the design team to develop the curriculum for the Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy, which opened August 2009. He then served as science coordinator for the entire Pittsburgh Public Schools district.

Most recently, he served as principal at the Environmental Charter School.

Pellathy said he also hopes to use his background and experience to help teachers grow to greater benefit the students.

“I'm looking forward to a great year and joining the team here, I think we're going to do great things here,” he said.

Pellathy lives in Swissvale with his wife, Tara, and their two daughters, ages 4 and 6.

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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