Baldwin-Whitehall technology director empowered by new position
A Baldwin-Whitehall native and longstanding high school employee soon will get to share her passion for technology with students and teachers at every grade level.
“I'm excited just to get back into the classroom,” said Baldwin High School Assistant Pincipal Janeen Peretin, who was hired by board members last month to serve as the district's director of information and instructional technology. “I see this new role as one that will provide me with opportunities to help our students compete on an international scale, as well as one that will allow me the chance to celebrate and inspire new practices in the classroom.”
Peretin will continue her job as assistant principal at Baldwin High School, which she has held since 2009, until a replacement is hired and ready to start. She previously worked as a mathematics teacher and department chairperson at the high school since August 2003.
She will earn $90,696 in her new position. Board members approved the hiring in December in an 8-1 vote, with Martin Michael Schmotzer dissenting.
The district's first director of technology was a retired teacher who started in the early 1990s, Superintendent Randal Lutz said. Tim Winner, then, worked in the position for the last 11 years. He left the district in late July. “The goal with him was to build out the network, build out the system,” Lutz said.
Those initiatives were accomplished, Lutz said.
“We're really not looking for a director of technology. From a plug-in standard, we really have those things built out,” the superintendent said.
Instead, district leaders are looking for someone to help guide the district, teachers and students with technology use and application, Lutz said.
“It will be a little bit different approach,” he said.
Peretin grew up in Baldwin Borough and graduated from Baldwin High School in 1998. She received a bachelor's degree in mathematics and bachelor's degree in secondary education from Duquesne University in 2002 and graduated from Gannon University with a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction in 2006.
In 2009, she earned her state administrative K-12 principal certification from California University of Pennsylvania.
Later this year, Peretin will defend her dissertation at Robert Morris University where she is seeking a doctorate in instructional management and leadership.
“I wanted to apply for this job because I have a vested interest in the future of this district coupled with my own passion for instructional technology,” she said. “It truly seemed like perfect timing.”
Working at Baldwin High School for the last 11 years, Peretin said, she has been able to use the technology available in the district and also serve as a leader for professional development.
Board members said having someone that is well versed in education and technology is important.
“I think it's long overdue that we have an educator in this position,” board President Larry Pantuso said.
Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or firstname.lastname@example.org.