Quaker Valley principal selected as PA Principal of the Year

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | 6:00 AM

Dr. Anthony Mooney said the honor of being named Pennsylvania Principal of the Year by the Pennsylvania Principals Association is a “career-defining moment.”

“My name is attached to it, but it’s the sum of many parts,” said Mooney, Quaker Valley Middle School principal since 2015. “So many people here, and districts in the past, have shaped and molded my career. I can’t do what I do everyday without my assistant principal, an amazing teaching staff, supportive parents and awesome kids. I’m fully aware that even though the award has my name on it, it’s representative of something much greater.”

Mooney, who will be recognized in State College in October and will represent Pennsylvania in the competition for the 2019-20 National Principal of the Year, said his priority is building relationships.

“Positive relationship with teachers, administration, staff, parents and kids — without that, nothing else happens,” he said. “Relationships matter.”

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Andrew Surloff, who nominated Mooney for the honor, said the principal improved the culture at the school and, “he’s also really, really smart.”

“His expectations are clear. He is dedicated to really focusing on instruction and improving growth and achievement for all students,” Surloff said. “He’s very empathetic and a very caring person. He shows genuine sensitivity and genuine empathy.”

School Board President Sarah Heres said in a news release that Mooney is a great leader.

“He is well respected by his colleagues, the students and their families,” Heres said.

Superintendent Dr. Tammy Andreyko called Mooney’s leadership a gift.

Mooney attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history, a master’s degree in education and a doctoral degree in educational leadership. Prior to joining Quaker Valley, Mooney served as the middle school principal in the Blackhawk School District.

Mooney said he will continue to focus on character education.

“This year was really about creating a positive school culture,” he said. “The easiest thing in the world to do is be kind to one another.”