Elementary Administration

Welcome to Avonworth Elementary!
My name is Dr. Bill Battistone and I am the Principal at Avonworth Elementary School! I have been serving as an administrator in this district since the Spring of 2017, and I am excited to be a part of the Antelope Community. I moved to Pittsburgh from Iowa City, Iowa, where I served as a K-6 Assistant Principal for two and a half years. Prior to that position, I was a teacher in West Des Moines, Iowa. 
I attended Drake University in Des Moines where I received my Undergraduate Degrees (Education, History), my Master's Degree (Educational Leadership), and my Doctoral Degree (Ph.D. in Educational Leadership). I consider myself to be a "life-long learner," and am always searching out new and innovative ways of thinking! 
When I am not at school, I enjoy reading, playing golf and rugby, and watching the Pittsburgh sports teams and the Iowa Hawkeyes! My wife and I have been married since 2016, and we have a dog and a cat who get along just fine!
I am very proud to be the Principal at Avonworth Elementary! We have wonderful students, parents, faculty, and staff members. My office is always open and I look forward to connecting with you soon!
All of my best,
Bill Battistone, Ph.D.
Avonworth Elementary School Principal 
Ms. Tommie Murray, Assistant Principal

Welcome! My name is Tommie Murray. I am the Assistant Principal of both the Avonworth Primary Center and Avonworth Elementary School. As a 2002 Alumni, I am excited be back in the Pittsburgh area serving in my hometown.

I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Kindergarten and Elementary Education at Pennsylvania State University’s main campus. For the past 10 years, I taught in the Bellwood-Antis School District as a teacher in Kindergarten, Second Grade, and Fourth Grade. Additionally, I served as a mentor teacher and methods professor to teacher candidates in a PDS partnership with Penn State Altoona. Most recently, I earned a Master of Education in Educational Leadership with a concentration of Administration and Supervision from Regent University.   

Beyond my love of learning, I enjoy spending time outdoors hiking, trail running, and kayaking with my dog, Ella Mae.  Some may remember me from performances in our school musicals and singing the National Anthem at athletic events. Now, I do most of my singing in the car on long road trips, in my house doing chores, and at church with a worship team. One of my favorite things to do is spend time playing and reading with my nephews and niece.

Respectfully yours,

Tommie Murray

Battistone, Ph.D, Dr. William
Elementary School Principal
Office: 412-369-8738 x 1800
Murray, Ms. Tommie
Primary/Elementary Assistant Principal
Office: 412-366-7171 x 1820
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