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Pine-Richland hires new principal, assistant principal

| Saturday, June 9, 2018, 12:33 p.m.
Kelly Gustafson
Kelly Gustafson
Paula Giran
Paula Giran

Pine-Richland School District is welcoming two new administrators to the team.

Kelly Gustafson will join Wexford Elementary School as its new principal, and Paula Giran will join Eden Hall Upper Elementary School as assistant principal. Both were approved at the board meeting June 4.

Gustafson has been serving as coordinator of elementary education at Greensburg Salem School District for the past four years.

Prior to that, she served for 11 years as principal of Bower Hill Elementary School in Peters Township School District and has worked as a principal in the Bentworth and Kane Area school districts. Before serving in administrative roles, Gustafson worked as a special education teacher in South Middleton School District in Boiling Springs, Pa., and West Allegheny Middle School.

She earned a bachelor of science in education of the exceptional from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a masters of education in educational leadership from the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her principal certification from Duquesne University, where she is working on a doctorate in the Professional Leadership and Development Program.

Giran has been working in the Norwin School District as a fifth- and sixth-grade gifted education coordinator since 2013. Prior to that, she served as a fifth-grade math and science teacher and a fourth-grade teacher at Norwin.

Giran earned a bachelor of science in family and consumer sciences from Seton Hill University with certifications in early childhood and elementary education and business, computers and informational technology; a master of education in STEM education from the California University of Pennsylvania. In addition, she earned her principal certification from Point Park University.

Giran will replace Greta Kuzilla, who was named principal at Hance Elementary after Dr. John Mayberry retires.

Gustafson is taking Dr. Rick Walsh's place.

He was promoted to assistant superintendent at Plum.

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