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Dr. Kenneth Lockette, Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Kenneth Lockette, Superintendent
Dr. Kenneth Lockette is the Superintendent of Schools for the South Fayette Township School District, McDonald, PA.

Dr. Lockette has worked in the field of education for over 20 years. He taught middle and high school English and drama for 10 years, including stints in Baltimore, Chicago, and six years in Kazakhstan. Over the last 12 years, he served as high school principal (2006-2015) and assistant superintendent (2015-2017) with the Avonworth School District in Pittsburgh and began his tenure as the superintendent of the South Fayette School District January 3, 2018. During his career, Dr. Lockette has promoted and developed programming for the arts, college and career readiness, global education, human-centered design, making, and technology integration. Dr. Lockette created Avonworth High School's Pittsburgh Galleries Project, which won the Pittsburgh Technology Council's CreateFest Award for educational technology in 2015. The Galleries Project was also featured in a session at SXSWedu the same year. Dr. Lockette also co-created the Antelope Film Festival in partnership with Pittsburgh Filmmakers in 2011. Dr. Lockette is an active member of the Remake Learning Network and a representative from South Fayette in the Digital Promise's League of Innovative Schools.

Phone: 412-221-4542 x 413

Mrs. Stephanie DeLuca, Assistant to the Superintendent for Elementary Education

Mrs. Stephanie DeLuca, Assistant to the Superintendent for Elementary Education
Mrs. Stephanie DeLuca is the Assistant to the Superintendent for Elementary Education for the South Fayette Township School District.

Mrs. DeLuca has been working in education for the past ten years.  After completing her undergraduate education at Penn State University as a member of the Schreyer Honors College, she taught elementary grades at Abington Heights School District in Scranton and at the Environmental Charter School in Pittsburgh.  During this time, she completed her Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction as well as her Principal and Supervisor of Curriculum certifications at Gannon University.  

Since August 2015, Mrs. DeLuca has served the South Fayette students and community as the SFIS steam teacher, and the curriculum, innovation and technology coordinator.  During her career, Mrs. DeLuca has created and facilitated programming in curriculum development and designing interdisciplinary learning opportunities. She has used and promoted techniques such as visible thinking, human-centered design, habits of mind, and project-based learning to help students develop deeper understanding while continuing to grow her skills in understanding the foundations of education in literacy and mathematics.  Mrs. DeLuca continues to grow as a professional through her involvement in the Remake Learning Network and Digital Promise’s League of Innovative Schools and is proud to represent South Fayette as a member of national and state organizations like ASCD, PASCD, PASA, and ISTE. 
 
Phone: 412-221-4542 x 348

Ms. Kristin Deichler, Assistant to the Superintendent for Secondary Education

Ms. Kristin Deichlser, Assistant to the Superintendent for Secondary Education
Ms. Kristin Deichler is the Assistant to the Superintendent for Secondary Education for the South Fayette Township School District.

Ms. Deichler first joined the South Fayette Middle School team for the 2001-2002 school year as a long-term substitute and then transitioned into becoming the sixth grade science teacher in the subsequent school year. After three years in that position, Ms. Deichler became one of the sixth grade mathematics teachers and remained in that position for 11 years. In 2015-2016, Ms. Deichler was named the assistant principal for the middle school and then was promoted to the position of middle school principal for the 2016-2017 school year. She has served in that role for the past five years.

In addition to her educational and administrative positions, Ms. Deichler, has served on multiple committees, including those related to curriculum, instruction, data, and strategic planning, as well as represented South Fayette Middle School by presenting at local, state, and national conferences. Ms. Deichler's passion for and dedication to middle level children and their education is evident in the earning of the Don Eichhorn's "Schools to Watch" designations in 2016 and 2019, which recognize middle schools for their exemplary programs and dedication to continual growth.

Ms. Deichler holds her Bachelor's Degree from Duquesne University and her Master's Degree in Administration, as well as her K-12 Principal Certification, from California University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Deichler is set to earn her Doctor of Education this summer from California University of Pennsylvania.

Phone: 412-221-4542 x 408
Email: 
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Dr. Rachel A. Andler, Director of Student Support Services

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Dr. Rachel Andler is the Director of Student Support Services for the South Fayette Township School District. 

Prior to joining our District in March 2020, she held a similar position at the Carlynton School District in Carnegie, PA for three years. While there, she coordinated and supervised professional development for the district and handled all components of the District’s special education and pupil services program that included students with individualized education plans, 504 plans, and gifted education plans. Dr. Andler also served as the ESL coordinator for an English Learner population that quadrupled in two years.
 
In 2006, Dr. Andler began her career in education as a high school math teacher in the Brownsville Area School District. After six years in the classroom, she moved into administrative roles in the District that included Cyber Coordinator, Co-Director of Alternative Education, Dean of Students, and Director of Pupil Services, Special Education, Curriculum, and Federal Programs.
 
Dr. Andler received a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in mathematics from the California University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Education in School Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction, and an Ed. D. in Education in School Leadership from the University of Pittsburgh. She also holds a Superintendent Letter of Eligibility from California University of Pennsylvania.
 
Additionally, Dr. Andler has guest lectured to first year school psychologists at the California University of Pennsylvania and participates on multiple advisory boards for the West Virginia Junior College in Morgantown, West Virginia.
 
Phone: 412-221-4542 x 429 

Dr. Matthew Callison, Director of Innovation, Strategic Partnerships, and Instructional Technology

Dr. Matthew Callison, Director of Innovation, Strategic Partnerships, and Instructional Technology
Dr. Matthew Callison is the Director of Innovation, Strategic Partnerships, and Instructional Technology for the South Fayette Township School District. 

Dr. Callison is an educator, author, consultant, and entrepreneur who has worked in the field of education for over 20 years with learners of every age. Starting in 1998, Dr. Callison worked as an educator in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 10 years. In 2005, Dr. Callison graduated from the Center for Teaching Excellence and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco with a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). In 2007, Dr. Callison was named an Apple Distinguished Educator for the innovative and effective ways he uses technology for teaching and learning. In 2010, he  moved to Indiana to pursue his doctoral degree in Instructional Technology at Indiana University, where he co-founded an educational technology startup in 2015, and was awarded his Ph.D. in 2017. In 2015, Dr. Callison earned his administrative license and MSEd in Education Leadership from Indiana University. His research primarily focuses on evidence-based instructional approaches, scaffolding, formative feedback, and student-centered learning approaches like project and problem-based learning. Dr. Callison also presents at the local, state, national, and international level.

Dr. Callison comes to South Fayette Township School District from Indiana, where he was a manager of online instructional design for Indiana University. At Indiana University, he lead and managed a team of 14 instructional designers, developed policies and procedures for his department, and partnered with faculty, program directors, campus leadership, and members of teacher centers across the university's seven campuses to support the design and development of online and hybrid courses, graduate certificate programs, and new online degrees in a multitude of disciplines. Over the past 10 years, Dr. Callison has taught a variety of courses in instructional technology and blended and personalized learning to preservice and inservice teachers at universities such as Indiana University and Texas Tech University. He also has acted as a consultant to Indiana Wesleyan University's Doctorate in Business Administration. As a consultant, he trained faculty and staff on problem-based learning (PBL), and developed immersive learning experiences for the program's doctoral students.

Phone: 412-221-4542 x 424

Dr. Charles Herring, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director

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Dr. Charles Herring is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the South Fayette Township School District, McDonald, PA. 

Dr. Herring has worked in the field of education for over 25 years. He started his career in the Wilkinsburg School District in a 3/4th multi-grade classroom. While working in Wilkinsburg, Dr. Herring created America’s First Hip-Hop Superhero – GRAMMAR MAN!™ an educational program that uses rap music and storytelling as tools to teach students the parts of speech. In 1999, after being asked to be the keynote speaker for Princeton University’s first-ever, Hip-Hop in Education Conference, Dr. Herring left K-12 education to become a professional speaker and trainer. During that time, Dr. Herring traveled the country to speak for organizations such as Kroger, Giant Eagle, the State of Arizona, the State of New Jersey, and many others. Additionally, Dr. Herring created two additional educational programs, Black History is Not Just a Month and The Mathematics Magician. Dr. Herring is also the author of a memoir in essays titled, YOU CAN ONLY HOPE TO CONTAIN ME: It’s Impossible to Stop a Person Who Won’t Quit.   

Upon returning to the classroom in 2012 as a faculty member in the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education’s Falk Laboratory School, Dr. Herring taught Kindergarten, mentored future teachers, acquired his Reading Specialist Certification, and began work on his Doctorate in Language, Literacy, and Culture. In August 2015, Dr. Herring began working at South Fayette as the K-5 Gifted/Enrichment Coordinator. In that role, he was tasked with transforming the program from a more traditional Gifted/Enrichment model to one that was primarily, project-based.  This led Dr. Herring to initiate a partnership with Carnegie-Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center to provide a real-world perspective for students on how to craft storylines and to write scripts as the introduction to his annual filmmaking venture, Project Green & White. Dr. Herring is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh’s LDI 8. Additionally, he enthusiastically participates in events hosted by Trying Together, the Remake Learning Network, the Green Building Alliance, and several other organizations in the region.

Phone: 412-221-4542 x 572

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