North Allegheny Appoints Principal at North Allegheny Senior High School
At a special voting meeting on January 27, 2020, the North Allegheny Board of School Directors approved the appointment of Ms. Natasha Dirda to the position of Principal at North Allegheny Senior High School.
For the past five years, Ms. Dirda has served in the Mt. Lebanon School District as a Unit Principal at Mt. Lebanon High School and Principal at Markham Elementary School. During her tenure with the district, Ms. Dirda served as the Liaison to Student Activities and functioned as the 9th Grade Transition Coordinator. Ms. Dirda provided direct supervision to students in regards to educational issues, attendance, discipline, Special Education Agreements, Student Assistance Programs, and Homebound Education. The development of positive relationships with students, families, and staff, along with an innovative outlook, allowed her buildings to grow in ways to stay relevant and engaging in the education of students.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Dirda served as a Secondary Math Teacher in the Upper St. Clair and North Hills School Districts. During her years of teaching, Ms. Dirda was also an Alternative Education Teacher and Online Academy Teacher to ensure non-traditional students were provided a quality education. In addition to teaching responsibilities, Ms. Dirda served as the Varsity Girls Head Soccer Coach for two years.
Ms. Dirda received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Virginia Tech University, a Master’s degree in Instructional Leadership from Robert Morris University, and her K-12 Principal Certification from California University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Dirda is enrolled in the doctoral program for Educational Leadership at the University of Pittsburgh, with an anticipated completion date of April 2020.
Ms. Dirda’s experience in administration, leadership, and student services will be an asset to the North Allegheny School District as we continue to focus on academic excellence, positive social and emotional well-being, and building critical competencies to support all students and staff. We eagerly welcome Ms. Dirda to North Allegheny as the Principal of North Allegheny Senior High School.