PSBA 2022 January/February Bulletin PSBA 2022 January/February Bulletin - Page 10

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School Director Profile :
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School Director Profile :

Gender :

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39 %

MALE

61 %

64 % of school directors are age 50 +

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15 %

School Director Recognition Month
Thank you for your service ! January is designated as a time to show appreciation to school board directors for the work you do all year long on behalf of Pennsylvania ’ s students and schools . This month , your schools are invited to recognize not only the time you spend decision-making on behalf of the district but also your dedication and commitment to serving the community in this unpaid position , putting the students first in all that you do . Responsibilities range from budgeting to comprehensive planning to policy , as school boards set the direction for the whole district community . And the importance of this key role is especially evident during challenging times like these . To aid schools in honoring their school directors , PSBA has compiled resources including a list of suggestions for celebrating , a sample press release , a customizable certificate and more , under the Advocacy & News tab on PSBA . org .
PSBA News
Nathalia Griffith has recently joined PSBA as the e-learning coordinator . She has 13 years of experience in the U . S . armed forces , which includes service as a military instructor and a drug and alcohol counselor . Nathalia holds an associate degree in fashion design and merchandising and a bachelor ’ s degree in psychology . Born in Guyana , she grew up in New York before moving to Pennsylvania . Outside of work , she enjoys spending time with her teenage son and traveling .

Nearly 70 % of school directors said their primary reason for serving is a desire to give back or contribute to public education , or to improve educational outcomes for students .

- PSBA School Director Profile , 2018
Emily Kelahan has recently joined PSBA as the senior equity training manager . For the past decade , Emily has worked as a philosophy professor at a liberal arts college in Illinois where she served in several leadership roles , including department chair . She has also been actively engaged in her community , serving as the vice president of her local YMCA board of directors , a public library trustee , a hospital ethics committee member , and , most recently , as co-chair of the Carlisle Borough Truth and Reconciliation Commission . Emily holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill . She moved to Pennsylvania with her family in 2020 and looks forward to learning more about the state and the needs of its students .
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