Assistant principals hired at Ingomar Middle and McKnight Elementary

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North Allegheny school directors Wednesday hired two new assistant principals.

Daniel Swoger was hired as assistant principal of Ingomar Middle School at a salary of $100,000.

He was an assistant high school principal and director of special education in the Allegheny Valley School District. He began work last Thursday.

Mr. Swoger had been with Allegheny Valley since 2004, previously serving as a secondary emotional support teacher, elementary learning support teacher, and head coach of the tennis, basketball and track and field teams.

He received a bachelor's degree in elementary and special education from Saint Francis University in 2004. He received a master's degree in curriculum and instruction in 2010, a supervisor of special education certificate in 2011 and his principal's certification in 2012, all from Gannon University.

"I am extremely excited to be a part of the excellence of North Allegheny," he said.

He replaces Amanda Mathieson, who is now principal of Hosack Elementary School.

Colleen Hannagan was hired as assistant principal of McKnight Elementary School at a salary of $75,000. She has been a counselor and assistant elementary principal in the Sto-Rox School District. She will begin Sept. 9.

Ms. Hannagan has been with Sto-Rox since 2007. Until 2010, she was counselor in the Alternative Program for Educational Excellence.

In June 2010, Ms. Hannagan became site supervisor to the Watson Institute. She was temporary assistant elementary principal from October 2012 to January 2013.

She received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Ohio State University in 2004, a master's degree in education from Duquesne University in 2006 and a master's degree in school administration from California University of Pennsylvania in 2012. Ms. Hannagan holds certifications as an elementary and secondary school counselor and K-12 principal.

"I feel honored to be approved this evening," Ms. Hannagan said. "I feel we are going to do a lot of great things to keep NA moving in a positive direction."

Rachel Fields, who has been assistant principal at both McKnight and Marshall elementary schools, will remain at Marshall.

In other business, board president Maureen Grosheider urged residents to watch the program presented to teachers on their opening day Aug. 21. It will be broadcast on NATV, which is included by all cable providers.

The program included performances by a contingent of the marching band, orchestras and choruses, and speeches by district administrators. Superintendent Raymond Gualtieri read a 1939 fable that holds lessons for today's education, Mrs. Grosheider said.

Keynote speaker Bob Bozzuto, the district's athletic director, spoke about "why all of the staff is in education," she said.

"It is about the whole child, not about the youngster getting the best test score or being the best musician or being the best artist or being the best athlete."

Board members also said goodbye to Arleen Wheat, who retired Friday as assistant superintendent for special education and pupil services.

"Dr. Wheat has been a tremendous asset to the district," Mrs. Grosheider said. "She has put everything into her job and our special education program is well-known because of Dr. Wheat's presence in the district."

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Sandy Trozzo, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com.


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