Dear Highlands Families,
It is with much excitement that I officially begin my first school year as the Superintendent of Highlands School District. For those of you who are not familiar with my educational and employment background, here are some highlights of both:
- Bachelor of Science in Education Degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a teaching certification in Special Education
- Master of Education Degree from The University of Pittsburgh with an Elementary and Secondary School Principal certification
- Doctor of Education Degree from The University of Pittsburgh with a Superintendent Letter of Eligibility
- 26 years of work experience in education as a special education teacher, building principal, Special Education Supervisor, Director of Student Services, Assistant Superintendent and Substitute Superintendent
Over the past year at Highlands as the Substitute/Assistant Superintendent, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know the school board members, administrators, principals, teachers, secretaries, paraprofessionals, custodians, maintenance, food service, and several parents and community members. The one thing that all of these people have in common is their care for our students and community. This quality is one of the reasons that made me want to become the next Superintendent. If you know me, then you know that every decision I make is based on what is best for the students of Highlands School District. It is my duty to create a school system that provides a safe environment where meaningful education is available to all students. One of the top district goals will be to develop curriculum, instruction and assessment that are rigorous and relevant to student learning, while fostering positive relationships with all stakeholders. In order to accomplish this important task, everyone must work together as a team by having mutual respect for one another’s opinions and viewpoints.
I ask for your cooperation and patience as I continue this journey with you and your children. I know that change can be difficult, but it can also be very rewarding if we work together for the betterment of our children and School District.
I look forward to working with all of you!
724-226-2400, ext. 5606
Dr. Monique Mawhinney