Meet the South Fayette STEAM Team

 

Meet our lead STEAM Teachers and administration who are developing the vision, strategies, and lessons for innovative educational opportunities for our students. 

Dr. Bille Rondinelli, Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Bille Pearce Rondinelli is the Superintendent for the South Fayette Township School District, McDonald, Pennsylvania and has served in public education since 1979. During that time, Rondinelli served as an administrator in the Mt. Lebanon school system just prior to accepting her position as Curriculum Director K-12 in the Moon Area School District (1999). While at Moon Area, Rondinelli was promoted to Assistant Superintendent/Curriculum and received two Commissioned terms. Following her tenure at Moon Area, Rondinelli served as Assistant Superintendent/Secondary (Grades 7-12) for the Pine-Richland School District and was hired as Associate Superintendent for the Shaler Area School District. Today, Rondinelli focuses on working with the South Fayette Township School District's community of educators, staff, students, parents, and community members to create an environment that fosters academic, athletic, and arts opportunities and enables all students to achieve.

Dr. Michael R. Loughead is an experienced educator with a total of 28 years of service in the field of public education. His areas of special expertise include Curriculum Design, Data Informed Leadership and Instructional Leadership. Currently, Dr. Loughead serves as the Assistant Superintendent at the South Fayette School District. Dr Loughead is also a lead instructor and curriculum specialist for the Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership program associated with the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, Dr. Loughead holds the position of adjunct professor at Gannon University in the Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Michael Loughead, Assistant Superintendent of Schools
Aileen Owens,
Director of Technology       and Innovation

As Director of Technology and Innovation for South Fayette Township School District, Aileen is focused on embedding computational thinking and the engineering and design problem-solving process into the K-12 curriculum, and simultaneously into connected learning initiatives, to empower our students to be the innovators of tomorrow. Aileen was the recent recipient of the national CoSN 2016 Frank Withrow Outstanding CTO Award; PAECT Chief Technology Officer of the Year 2015;

Digital Innovation in Learning, Administrator Trailblazer Award 2014 and; the Digital Innovation in Learning, Administrators Winners Choice Award 2014. 

 

Stephanie teaches STEAM classes for grades 3-5 at South Fayette Intermediate School. She is passionate about systems thinking, human centered design, and sustainability. Before coming to South Fayette, Stephanie designed and implemented the Integrated Thinking Lab Program and curriculum for Environmental Charter School Upper School. Her focus is in the integration of science, social sciences, art and design to create individuals that can innovate to contribute to the complex ecology of the human experiment. Her expertise is the perfect fit for South Fayette.

 

 

Stephanie DeLuca,
STEAM Teacher, Grades 3-5
Anthony Mannarino,
Technology Education Teacher, Grades 6-8

Anthony currently teaches various educational concepts including multiple design models, computational thinking, and entrepreneurship, to students grades 6-8. He has been teaching mobile app design using App Inventor, to students in 6th grade and is involved in an NSF funded research project with CMU Robotics Academy to change culture in robotics classrooms. He has also developed curriculum for CMU Robotics Academy focused on VEX IQ robotics through this project. Anthony has presented at local and national conferences and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in STEM Education.

Melissa teaches students about computer programming helps them design, build, and bring their ideas to life as they conduct experiments, create inventions, and use technology to animate their projects. Melissa sponsors after school and summer enrichment activities related to technology. 

Melissa Unger
STEAM Teacher, Grades K-2
Shad Wachter,
Technology Literacy Teacher, Grades 3-5

Shad prepares his 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students with technology skills to be successful in a global society. Shad teaches digital citizenship, multimedia production, desktop publishing, robotics, and computer programming. With the understanding that computational thinking is the new literacy, he uses technology to facilitate student creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. Shad sponsors after school and summer enrichment activities related to technology and performing arts. He provides support and outreach to the Western Pennsylvania region and beyond through the STEAM Summer Institute and staff development.

Frank Kruth,
STEAM Coordinator,
Grades 6-8

A veteran teacher for 13 years, Frank holds his National Board Certification in Career and Technical Education. He has been teaching mobile app design using App Inventor,to students in 6th grade and is implementing, through a grant with Digital Promise, a grant to deepen computational thinking through VEX IQ robotics.  He is an expert at incorporating Project-Based Learning into all classes and will sit on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Technology and Engineering Standard Setting Panel this June in San Antonio, Texas.

Brian Garlick,
Technology Education Teacher, Grades 9-12

Brian combines human centered design, problem-based learning, and STEAM as he works with students to design and innovate for local businesses and the community. Brian has facilitated many after-school activities such as BOTS IQ, Technology Student Association, Team America Rocketry Challenge, and the Governor’s PA STEM Challenge. He has also partnered with businesses to have students solve real world problems for companies such as All-Clad and EAFab. The Consortium for Public Education recently awarded Brian the 2015 Champion of Learning Award.

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