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Dr. Jeff Hadley

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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:

The Board of Directors has determined that the superintendent has met the performance standards for the 22-23 academic year in Student Growth and Achievement, Organizational Leadership, District Operations and Financial Management, Communication and Community Relations, Human Resource Management, and Professionalism.

Contact Information

Jeffrey M. Hadley, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Office:  412-369-8738

Cindy Donovan
Confidential Secretary to the Superintendent and Board Secretary
Office: 412-369-8738  ext. 1504