•  TRACY L. VITALE, Ed.D


    Education                 
    University of Pittsburgh, Doctorate of Education, 2009
    Carlow College, M.S. Educational Leadership, 2000
    Carlow College, Gifted Education Certificate, 1999
    Duquesne University, B.S. Secondary Education English, 1993

     

    Employment History           

    Superintendent of Schools, Seneca Valley School District
    Harmony, PA • 2011 – present 

    Superintendent of Record, Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School                                                             
    Butler, PA (position rotates among seven districts) • 2014 – 2015

    Superintendent of Record, Clarence Brown Education Center 
    Butler, PA (position rotates among five districts) • 2012 - 2013

    Assistant Superintendent, Seneca Valley School District 
    Harmony, PA • 2007 – 2011

    Principal, Ryan Gloyer Middle School (a National Blue Ribbon Middle School and "A School to Watch" in Pennsylvania)                                         
    Harmony, PA • 2004 – 2007

    Assistant Principal, Ryan Gloyer Middle School                                                                               
    Harmony, PA • 2002 – 2004                                                                                                                                   

    Assistant Principal, Coatesville Area Senior High School                                                                            
    Coatesville, PA • 2001-2002   

    English & Gifted Ed.Teacher, Elizabeth Forward High School                                                                     
    Elizabeth, PA • 1997-2000

    English Teacher, Shelby City Middle School                                                                             
    Shelby, NC • 1996-1997

    English Teacher, Purchase Line Jr. Sr. High School                                                               
    Commodore, PA • 1993-1996

     

    Skills

    • Online Instructor Certification – Penn State University (World Campus), Oct 2015
    • Online Instructor Certification – Slippery Rock University, March 2011
    • Graduate of Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Dr. Pedro Rivera's Superintendent Academy, Cohort 1 2016-2018 National Institute for School Leadership (NISC)
    • Budget experience with Act 1 & Pennsylvania public ed. financial crisis in 2008
    • Strong understanding and experience in public relations, public education advocacy, business partnerships & workforce development. Solid understanding of personnel selection, training & supervision
    • Working knowledge of school district organizational leadership & strategic planning
    • Expert in research-based hiring processes that are legally defendable
    • Interview and hire applicants with a strong understanding of state and federal laws as they relate to being an Equal Opportunity Employer

     

    Research

    • Doctoral Research  An Analysis of Teacher Selection Tools in Pennsylvania, 2009
    • Master of Education Thesis – Teachers of the Gifted in Pennsylvania: Knowledge of the Nature and Needs of Gifted Students; Surveyed 100 randomly selected districts across the state of Pennsylvania in order to evaluate teacher knowledge and training in gifted education; resulting in a 70-page report presented to the Department of Education, 2000

     

    Grants

    • 2016 Educational Improvement Tax Credit $29,000
    • 2015 Educational Improvement Tax Credit $29,000
    • 2015 AIU3 STEAM grant in the amount of $20,000 to create an interactive SMALL (Situated Multimedia Arts Learning Lab) Lab
    • 2014 Pennsylvania Department of Education Safe Schools Grant $56,000
    • 2012 ALCOA Foundation Lead to Learn Metacognition Thinking Skills $15,000
    • 2012 ALCOA Foundation Math Collaborative $25,000
    • 2011 ALCOA Foundation STEM Initiatives & 21st Century Thinking Skills $21,000

     

    Honors/Awards

    • Dec. 2017 Graduation Speaker, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh
    • 2017 Recipient of the Distinguished Female Educator Award in honor of Dr. Jean E. Winsand, University of Pittsburgh, Tri-State Study Council
    • 2016 Pittsburgh ATHENA Award Finalist (Athena national recognizes exceptional women who demonstrate excellence in their profession, contribute to their community and help other women to succeed through mentorship)
    • 2016 University of Pittsburgh School of Education Pre-K-12 Educator Award
    • 2015 Pittsburgh ATHENA Award Nominee 
    • 2012 National Blue Ribbon Middle School
    • 2006 Don Eichhorn Award Winner,  Recognized as one of the Best Middle Schools in the State of Pennsylvania, Ryan Gloyer Middle School
    • Accomplishments as an Assistant Principal highlighted in 2003 feature story in the Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 1999 All-Star Teacher, University of Pittsburgh & Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

     

    Presentations & Public Speaking Events

    • Jean Winsand Women’s Leadership Institute, Tri-State Area School Study Council, University of Pittsburgh, Featured Speaker:  “Negotiating Your Next
    • Employment Contract – Preparation, Etiquette and Taboo”, April 2015
    • Verizon Women’s Leadership Conference, Featured Panelist on Education and Leadership – Oct 2013
    • Jean Winsand Women’s Leadership Institute, Tri-State Area School Study Council, University of Pittsburgh, Featured Panelist:  “Our Changing 'Business' - is Education really a 'Business'?,” April 2012
    • Rotary Club Guest Speaker (Cranberry Township AM & PM club, Zelienople, PA)

     

    Professional Affiliations & Boards

    • Butler Hospital Board of Directors (Jan. 2018 - present)
    • Executive Director of the Seneca Valley Foundation (501c3 non-profit)
    • Highmark Western Regional Advisory Board (2014-present)
    • Member of The Western Pennsylvania Superintendent’s Forum, University of Pittsburgh  (Must be nominated and approved by the Board of Officers) (Oct. 2013 - present)
    • Community Development Corporation of Butler County Board of Directors; Named #1 Small Economic Development Agency in Pennsylvania (2015- present)
    • Penn State Education Outreach Advisory Board (2014 to present)
    • Tri-State Area School Study Council, Executive Board, University of Pittsburgh (2015- present)
    • Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators - PASA (Membership Chair 2014-15)
    • National Association of Secondary School Administrators
    • Association for Supervision and Curriculum and Development – ASCD