Michele Knoll Announces Candidacy

Friday, August 23, 2019 | 4:32 PM

Pittsburgh — Michele Knoll is announcing her candidacy for State Representative in the 44th Legislative District. The district encompasses Aleppo, Bell Acres, Crescent, Edgeworth, Findley, Glenfield, Glen Osborne, Haysville, Moon, North Fayette, Ohio, Sewickley, Sewickley Heights, and Sewickley Hills in Allegheny County.

Bringing a wealth of experience to the position, she has taught at the University of Pittsburgh, in elementary schools, directed a preschool, worked in Head Start, was a School Board Director at Avonworth S.D., and was a Staff Educator at the Carnegie Science Center. Her understanding of educational policy, budgeting, and application of instructional theory will inform educational legislation at the state level.

Progress Through Pages, the new nonprofit Ms. Knoll founded, has distributed thousands of books across Allegheny County and beyond to children who might not otherwise own a book. Ms. Knoll and volunteers collect, catalog, and distribute books to schools, organizations, Title I events, while also reading to children in elementary classrooms, and even helped start a classroom library in a third grade classroom in Kentucky. The effects of access to books, and therefore literacy, is life changing.  Making books accessible to parents and children has been a rewarding experience to everyone who has generously contributed time and energy to this project.

Ms. Knoll has acted as an assistant with her husband’s environmental consulting firm. Through this experience, she understands the challenges and demands that small businesses face.  Her practical and comprehensive understanding of environmental issues when applied at the state level will assist with common sense environmental legislation.

A lifelong resident of Western Pennsylvania, Ms. Knoll has deep roots in the 44th district, having lived in Ohio Township for 36 years and raised her family there.  Her daughter, Erica Knoll Krings Livingston and her family also live in Ohio Township. All three of her daughters, Erica, Morgan Knoll Krings Ulanowicz and Adrianne Knoll Krings attended and graduated from Avonworth School District.  Michele’s sister, Pat Pass, and her husband, Joe, raised their children – Melissa, Christine and Joe Pass in Moon.  All are Moon Area School District graduates.

Ms. Knoll is a lifelong educator, graduating from Montour H.S. with honors, Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.Ed. in Early Intervention. She has worked as a Developmental Specialist with children birth to three with delays and disabilities for the past 15 years.

To lead Pennsylvania into a sustainable future with strong union jobs, we need a legislator in Harrisburg who is willing to work with union leaders and businesses to support good paying jobs. Ms. Knoll is the person who can move this area forward with knowledge, skill, and cooperation here in the District and in Harrisburg.