TASD hires two new elementary principals

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Sally Woomer

Lisa Hartsock, grades 2-4 principal and Amanda Kurtz, pre-K to grade one prinicipal

The Tyrone Area School District has hired two new principals for the elementary school to replace Melissa Russell, who retired from the district this summer.

The new principals are Lisa Hartsock, who will be in charge of grades two to four and Amanda Kurtz, who will lead the districts pre-K through first grade programs.

The opportunity to come back to my alma mater to be an elementary principal is a ‘win-win’ for me.”

— Lisa Hartsock

The decision to split the elementary position into tow was made because of the district’s expanded pre-K offerings.

“With the growing number of students in our Pre K and Daycare programs, it is necessary to provide direct administrative support for the staff, parents, and students in this area,” said Cathy Harlow, District Superintendent.

Hartsock has 24 years experience in education. She has been a math teacher, an instructional coach, an assistant principal K-12, and academic principal K-12, and a high school principal, all at Bellwood-Antis School District.

Hartsock has wanted to work at the elementary level since spending four years as an assistant principal for K-12 a few years ago.

“I fell in love with the elementary school environment,” said Hartsock, “The opportunity to come back to my alma mater to be an elementary principal is a “win-win” for me.”

“My goal is to provide effective leadership and support to our staff and faculty to help them do what they need to do to help all students reach their potential,” added Hartsock.

In her free time Harsock loves to read, listen to music, attend shows and concerts, and spend time with her granddaughter Gracie and dog, Roscoe.

I hope to work with families and students to ensure all students reach a high level of academic success”

— Amanda Kurtz

Mrs. Amanda Kurtz has been working in education for 10 years. Her last position before becoming principal was as Early Childhood Coordinator for Tyrone Elementary School.

She applied for the position because she wanted the opportunity to support the teachers and staff in the building.

“I hope to work with families and students to ensure all students reach a high level of academic success,” said Kurtz.

Kurtz enjoys spending time with her daughter Allie and husband Adam.

“I am very excited about both principals joining our Administrative Team.  Each of these individuals bring a wealth of knowledge and experience.  I am very anxious to see what the future will hold for them as they begin this new journey in their professional careers,” said Harlow.