The Rock Star Principals continue with another Edu-Awesome interview in Episode 112! Today, Jon and Nick welcome the Downingtown Area School District Superintendent and Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators President, Dr. Em Lonardi! Their interview keys in on the importance of principals, longevity in a Central Office role, focusing the vision of a school district, and more!
"Dr. Lonardi has been Superintendent of the Downingtown Area School District since July, 2017. Before that, she led the West York School District for 19 years. She served two years as West York’s Assistant Superintendent and was Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Camp Hill School District for four years. In 1988, Dr. Lonardi was named Assistant Principal of the Camp Hill PA Jr./Sr. High School having taught Health/Physical Education in the Camp Hill Jr./Sr. High School upon her graduation from West Chester University.
Dr. Lonardi received her Ph.D. from Penn State University in Educational Administration. She received her M.S. in Human Performance/Motor Control from Indiana University. She taught graduate classes at York College of Pennsylvania and at the Harrisburg Campus for Penn State University and is a frequent presenter on educational issues.
Dr. Lonardi was the 2014 recipient of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) “Superintendent of the Year” award. The award, based primarily on innovative leadership and academic achievement, is selected yearly by the membership. Dr. Lonardi also serves as the president for PASA and is on the PASA Governing Board for the American Association of School Administrators."