Dr. Thomas Ralston became the Avonworth School District Superintendent with the start of the 2012-2013 school year.
Prior to becoming Superintendent, he served as principal of the Avonworth Middle School for six years. During his tenure as principal, the middle school was named a Pennsylvania Donald Eichhorn School to Watch in 2009 and 2012. Dr. Ralston was also named the Pennsylvania Middle School Association Administrator of the Year in 2010. He also served as the internal facilitator of the Avonworth School District Strategic Plan in 2008.
Prior to coming to Avonworth, Dr. Ralston worked as the principal of South Side Middle School in Hookstown, Pennsylvania. While at South Side, Mr. Ralston established a cross-culture partnership with Taishi Junior High School in Taishi-cho, Japan.
After completing his Master of Arts degree at West Virginia University in 1996, Dr. Ralston assumed the duties of principal of Oak Glen Middle School. While at Oak Glen, Dr. Ralston helped to guide the school to a designation as a West Virginia School of Excellence.
Dr. Ralston began his teaching career in the Hancock County School District in West Virginia, serving as a middle school science teacher from 1990 to 1996.
He graduated from West Liberty University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in secondary education with specializations in social science and general science and recently completed his doctorate at Youngstown State University.
Dr. Ralston and his family now reside in the Avonworth School District.