I am presently a school psychologist within the Quaker Valley School District and I have been employed here for the past 12 years. I am proud to say that I work with amazingly talented and intelligent staff. I learn from them daily.
I have been married for nearly 11 years and I have two beautiful children ages 10 and 8. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, exercising, gardening, and interior design.
About Quaker Valley
The Quaker Valley School District is located along the Ohio River 12 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Residents have easy access to major highways and Pittsburgh International Airport.
Our community is diverse, including various ethnic, racial and socioeconomic populations. Our stable population includes third and fourth generation Quaker Valley families, as well as those who have come to us not only from other states, but also from other countries. We embrace this diversity as an opportunity for cultural understanding and exchange. As a result, our schools mirror the cohesive, small-town atmosphere of the community they serve.
We are a small district with a reputation for quality. School and class sizes allow for a personal approach to instruction. Quaker Valley recognizes that it takes a cumulative experience of excellence to produce students who will be internationally competitive. To that end, an innovative curriculum challenges all students to excel as independent thinkers and learners, and gives each the support and incentive to do so successfully.
We are honored to have had all four of our schools selected for National Blue Ribbon Awards of Excellence.
All Quaker Valley schools exceeded the state's achievement and growth standard of 70% for 2012-13. Our academic performance scores are: Edgeworth Elementary: 81.4; Osborne Elementary: 88.1; Quaker Valley Middle School: 93.8; Quaker Valley High School: 93.2. Scores are based upon achievement and growth on the PSSA and/or Keystone exams; graduation, promotion, and attendance rates; as well as participation and/or performance on the PSAT, SAT, ACT, NOCTI and Advanced Placement courses.
U.S. News and World Report, ranking the best public high schools in America, placed Quaker Valley High School at 6th among Pennsylvania's 673 high schools and 477th out of more than 21,000 public high schools nationwide in 2015.
Quaker Valley High School was ranked 12th in Pennsylvania on the list of America's Most Challenging High Schools by the Washington Post in 2015.
The 2015 Pittsburgh Business Times Guide to Western Pennsylvania Schools ranked Quaker Valley School District 9th out of the public school districts in western Pennsylvania based on three years of standardized test scores.
The 2015 NICHE PA School District Rankings named Quaker Valley School District 9th in Pennsylvania. The rankings are based on dozens of key statistics and 4.6 million opinions from 280,000 students and parents.
The National Music Makers Foundation, a partnership of leading music and educational organizations, cited Quaker Valley as one of the 'Best Communities for Music Education' for an eleventh consecutive year in 2015.
On the 2013 SAT scores, Quaker Valley averaged 549 in critical reading – compared to state and national averages of 494 and 496. The average math score in Quaker Valley climbed to 562 – a significant lead over 504 for Pennsylvania and 514 nationally. Quaker Valley’s writing scores remained strong at 539 while state and national averages lagged behind at 482 and 488.
All elementary and middle school students are engaged in the study of fine arts. Approximately 76% of Quaker Valley High School students continue to study and participate in some form of fine arts – the graphic and visual arts as well as the choral, orchestral, instrumental and theatrical arts – all through a variety of coursework and co-curricular enrichment.