Superintendent's Office

Jeff Hadley Superintendent

Dr. Jeff Hadley was named the Superintendent of the Avonworth School District in August of 2021. Prior to becoming Superintendent at Avonworth, Dr. Hadley served as Avonworth's Assistant Superintendent since 2018.  In his role as Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Hadley oversaw curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional development, communications, and the District's New Teacher Induction Program.  

Dr. Hadley began his education career in 2000 as an elementary teacher in the Fox Chapel Area School District where he taught fifth grade for ten years.  While teaching at Fox Chapel, Dr. Hadley was recognized as a teacher leader and served in many leadership roles.  He was a member of the Differentiated Instruction Leadership Team, O'Hara Scheduling Team, Math Curriculum Study Group, Education Leadership Initiative Team, O'Hara Learning Team, O'Hara Discipline Committee, District Math Curriculum Team, and the O'Hara Site-Based Team.  

In 2010, Dr. Hadley took his first administrative role as the Assistant Principal of Riverview Junior/Senior High School in the Riverview School District.  In his role as Assistant Principal, Dr. Hadley led professional development initiatives in School-Wide Positive Behavior Support, Understanding by Design, and PVAAS.  In 2012, Dr. Hadley moved to the Plum Borough School District to become the principal of Center Elementary School.  While at Plum, Dr. Hadley served as an Elementary Principal, Assistant Principal at the junior high school, and interim Assistant Superintendent.  He provided leadership in district safety, comprehensive planning, response to instruction and intervention (RtII), district professional development, and curriculum development.  

Dr. Hadley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh which he earned in 1995. After working in the world of business for four years, he returned to the University of Pittsburgh to earn his elementary teaching certificate. After becoming a teacher in the Fox Chapel Area School District, he returned to the University of Pittsburgh to earn his Master of Elementary Teaching Degree and K-12 Principal Certificate. Once becoming an administrator, he continued his education at the University of Pittsburgh where he earn his Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility and Doctor of Education Degree.

Dr. Hadley has also shared his experience as a presenter throughout his career.  The following are presentations Dr. Hadley has provided.

  • Annual Pennsylvania School Board Excellence Fair-Plum Goes Full STEAM Ahead, Hershey, PA, 2017

  • STEAM Showcase, Nova Place:  2017

  • Arts Education Partnership National Forum for the Arts Education Collaborative, 2014

  • County-Wide Inservice, Knowing the Learner: October, 2009

  • Considering Challenging Mathematics Curricula, AIU, 2009

  • AIU Mathematics Investigations Workshop, 2005

  • Fox Chapel Area School District Mathematics Investigations Teacher Inservice, 2003

Dr. Hadley has received the following recognition during his career.

  • Recognized as a Champion School 2017, Regency Park Elementary School

  • Recipient of Healthy Schools PA Honor Roll Recognition 2017, Regency Park Elementary School

  • Nominee for the Excellence in Teaching Award:  2007 - 2008

  • Nominee for the Disney Teaching Award Recognizing Creativity in Teaching:  2006

  • Recipient of the Graf Scholarship Award for “Gifted” Elementary Teacher Candidates, Awarded by the 

  • University of Pittsburgh Instruction & Learning Department:  2000

Superintendent Evaluation:

According to the Pennsylvania School Code, districts’ school boards are required to develop mutually agreed-upon objective performance standards for the superintendent and conduct a formal, written performance assessment annually.  The objective performance standards are to be posted on the district’s website.  At the end of the annual assessment period, the school board shall post the assessment date and whether or not the superintendent met the agreed-to-objective performance standards.  

Performance Standards:

Standard 1:  Annual Planning, Shared Vision, and Strategic Goals

The Superintendent, as an educational leader, promotes personalized student success by possessing the knowledge to plan strategically to create and sustain an organizational vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community.

Standard 2:  Culture of Learning and Educational Advocacy

The Superintendent, as an educational leader, prompted personalized student success by advocating (for children and public education in the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context), nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning.

Standard 3:  Organizational and Team Leadership (Management)

The Superintendent, as an educational leader, promotes personalized student success by ensuring management of fiscal resources, appropriate allocation of resources, human resource management, and systems management for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.

Standard 4:  Family and Community Relations

The Superintendent, as an educational leader, promotes personalized student success by collaborating, communicating, engaging, and empowering others inside and outside of the organization to pursue excellence in learning.

Standard 5:  School Board Relations, Policy, and Governance

The Superintendent as an educational leader, promotes personalized student success with the Board of Directors by effectively collaborating, communicating internally and externally, executing policies established by the Board and developing regulations and procedures consistent with policies, and establishing an overall business/professional relationship with the Board.

Standard 6:  Professional Growth and Development of Self and Others

Superintendent shall support the professional growth of himself and others through practice and inquiry.

Standard 7:  Professionalism

Superintendent shall operate in a fair and equitable manner, with personal and professional ethics and integrity.

2021-2022 Superintendent Evaluation
Assessment date:  July 13, 2022
The Board of Directors has determined that the Superintendent has met the performance standards for the 2021-2022 academic year in Student Growth and Achievement, Organizational Leadership, District Operations and Financial Management, Communications and Community Relations, Human Resource Management, and Professionalism.


Hadley, Dr. Jeff
Office: 412-369-8738
Donovan, Mrs. Cindy
Confidential Secretary to the Superintendent and Board Secretary
Office: 412-369-8738 x 1504
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