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 

Assistant Principal (APC/AES)

Pharlan Ives, Assistant Principal

My name is Pharlan Ives, and I am excited to start a new path in my career as the Assistant Principal of Avonworth Primary Center and Elementary Schools. I am honored to become a part of the Avonworth family and community and assist Dr. Miller and Dr. Battistone in the transformational work taking place in the district. I am devoted to working closely with teachers, parents, and community members, and I am eagerly looking forward to being a part of the Avonworth family.

The 2020-2021 school year will be my 16th year in education. I have an undergraduate degree in Child Development from Florida State University and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Duquesne University. I have continued my educational path into administration through University of Pittsburgh’s K-12 Principal certificate program. Before coming to Avonworth School District, I taught preschool and pre-K for six years before teaching various grades at the elementary level. My most recent assignment was third grade for the last six years. My strong desire to make a positive impact on an entire school community is what has driven me to this work, and I know Avonworth is a unique and special place that will support me as I continue to grow in leadership.

Outside of education, I am originally from south Florida where majority of my family still resides. I met my husband while teaching in Atlanta, GA, and we raised our niece for the past eleven years. She recently graduated from high school and just completed her first year of college. I am proud to say she is aspiring to become an educator as well. This is my eleventh year in Pittsburgh, and though the weather does not compare to Florida, the wonderful communities have made Western PA home.

Battistone Ph.D, Dr. William
Elementary School Principal
Office: 412-369-8738 x 1800
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