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Dr. Michelle Miller, Superintendent of Schools

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Michelle Miller has served over 20 years in public education with a concentrated focus on providing student-centered learning environments and opportunities for ALL learners.

Dr. Miller, a lifelong educator, attended Chatham College, Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh to prepare her for a career in education.   She began her teaching and administrative career in the Ellwood City Area School District as a Social Studies teacher and then served as their Assistant High School Principal.  She then joined the administrative team at Seneca Valley School District as the Principal of Haine Middle School, a 5th and 6th grade middle school.  With superintendent leadership experience in the districts of Hopewell, Blackhawk and Wilmington, Dr. Miller possesses a wealth of school leadership experiences.

With an unwavering passion for learning, teaching, and leading,  Dr. Miller has been an adjunct professor at Westminster College and has been a guest speaker in teacher and administrative preparation programs in the region.  Dr. Miller serves as an executive board member of University of Pittsburgh’s Tri-State Study Council and the Forum for Western PA Superintendents.  She also served her community through her leadership on executive boards for Lifesteps, Inc., Beaver County United Way, Beaver County Cancer and Heart Association and the Beaver County Educational Trust.  As a previous recipient of Tri-State’s Jean Winsand Distinguished Educator Award and the Pennsylvania Association of Middle Level Education’s Advocate for Public Education Award, Dr. Miller continues her focus on leading and learning.

When she is not with her school family, Dr. Miller resides in South Beaver with her husband, Steve, and their son, Isaac.  

Phone: 412-221-4542 x 413

Dr. Kristin Deichler, Assistant Superintendent

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

Dr. 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, Dr. Deichler became one of the sixth grade mathematics teachers and remained in that position for 11 years. In 2015-2016, Dr. 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, Dr. 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. Dr. 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.

Dr. 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. Dr. Deichler earned her Doctor of Education this summer from California University of Pennsylvania.

Phone: 412-221-4542 x 236
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Mrs. Cristine Wagner-Deitch, Director of Curriculum

Cristine Wagner-Deitch, Director of Curriculum
Cristine Wagner-Deitch has served for 30 years in public education. Her focus has always been on providing the greatest opportunities for all students and that includes ensuring all students have equitable access to a rigorous and relevant curriculum.

In continuous pursuit of her own education, Cristine has earned degrees and certifications from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, West Chester University, St. Francis University, Youngstown State University, the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit and the Lancaster/Lebanon Intermediate Unit. This education has afforded her the opportunity to hold many positions in teaching and administration. Mrs. Wagner-Deitch was a teacher of middle school mathematics and technology in Prince George’s County Maryland and Norristown Public Schools near Philadelphia. She held positions of leadership in those districts as well, including Academic Dean and Middle School Math Specialist. As an administrator, Cristine’s primary focus has been in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment with more than 20 combined years as a Curriculum Director for the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit and the Beaver Area School District.

Her desire to ensure all students receive the best possible education inspired her to work with pre-service teachers and current school administrators. Cristine has developed training programs for the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), taught educational leadership courses as an adjunct for Clarion University and presented at numerous conferences for PDE and the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators. Currently, Mrs. Wagner-Deitch teaches courses in Data Analysis and Assessment Literacy for the Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership Program.

As evidenced by her receipt of the Dr. Gary L. Miller Memorial Distinguished Service Award, service to the community of education is of vital importance. Cristine was a founding member of the Beaver County Innovation and Learning Consortium and a member of the Beaver County Education Foundation Board of Directors, she actively mentors principals and superintendents in the areas of supervision, data analysis, curriculum, instruction and assessment.  Her ability to develop partnerships has helped her to bring more than 20 million dollars in grant funding to her serving area.

Phone: 412-221-4542 x 430

Dr. Rachel A. Andler, Director of Student Support Services

Dr. Rachel Andler
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 and Strategic Partnerships

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

Jennifer Donovan

Jennifer Donovan

Jennifer Donovan is the Director of Communications for the South Fayette Township School District. She is actively engaged in the district's social media presence, media relations, event promotions, and communications with families and on behalf of the district. 

Ms. Donovan has worked in education for more than two decades. Prior to South Fayette, she was the Communications Manager for Sewickley Academy where she handled both internal and external communications and media relations. She developed weekly newsletters for the school community as well as faculty and staff, created a bi-annual alumni magazine, produced their crisis communications manual, and generated news content for the website and social media. Ms. Donovan spent 18 years at Pittsburgh Technical College focusing on recruitment, marketing, communications, and data analysis along with organizing orientations and open houses. She has also spent time in admissions with both Bethany College and Pennsylvania Culinary. After experiencing a few years on the agency-side of marketing and public relations, she determined that she much prefers to work in a school environment. She believes that there is no more noble field than that of education and loves working with students of all ages. 

A graduate of Susquehanna University with a bachelor of arts degree in communications studies, Ms. Donovan is also certified in crisis communications. 

Phone: 412.221.4542 x 358

Email: [email protected]

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