Superintendent of Schools
Tracy Vitale, Ed.D
Phone: (724) 452-6040, ext. 1644
Ms. Kay Hoch
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools
Phone: (724) 452-6040, ext. 1638
Photo credit: Becky Thurner Photography
Tracy Vitale, Ed.D, has a strong background in organizational leadership and human resources, and is an expert in personnel selection and supervision. She has an extensive working knowledge of principal and teacher evaluations as well as classroom pedagogy and best practices. Additionally, her previous roles in building and district level administration have enhanced her knowledge of school finance.
Dr. Vitale was named Seneca Valley Superintendent of Schools in an unanimous vote during a regular school board meeting on Sept. 19, 2011. She advanced to the role from her position as Seneca Valley assistant superintendent for human resources and pupil services.
Dr. Vitale previously served as assistant superintendent for four years. Prior to that, she served for three years as principal of Seneca Valley Middle School. During her tenure there, the building was recognized for being a top-performing middle school in the state as a 2006 Don Eichhorn “Schools To Watch” winner. This building later became a National Blue Ribbon Award Recipient.
She first came to Seneca Valley in 2002 as the assistant principal of Seneca Valley Middle School. She also has building administrator experience in Coatesville Area School District in Coatesville, Pa. She began her education career as a middle school English teacher in 1993, and later served as a high school American Literature and gifted education teacher in Elizabeth Forward High School in 1997.
Dr. Vitale earned her bachelor of science in secondary education in 1993 from Duquesne University. She went on to earn her gifted education certificate in 1999 and her master’s in educational leadership in 2000 from Carlow College. In 2009, Dr. Vitale earned her doctorate of education in Education Leadership in Administrative and Policy Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.
“Problem solving, tenacity and critical thinking are just a few of the skills that teachers bestowed upon me,” said Dr. Vitale. “As superintendent, it is my mission to pass those ideals on to our teachers and, ultimately, our students. I will also be focused on the challenges that face all public schools today, including funding and open communications with our constituents. I am confident, with the continued support of our staff, parents and community, that this era of limited financial resources will present new opportunities for open dialogue, partnerships and new community alliances.”
An expert in research-based hiring, Dr. Vitale refined the employment process at Seneca Valley for professional and classified staff. A progressive leader with a keen understanding of today’s technology, Dr. Vitale, through her doctoral research, developed a model process for hiring teachers in Pennsylvania, and is using this visionary approach as Superintendent of Schools.