Greetings Shaler Area Families and Friends,
My name is Sean Aiken, and I am very pleased to introduce myself as the new Superintendent of Schools for Shaler Area School District. Some of you may be familiar with me since I served as an assistant principal at Shaler Area School District from 2003-2007. Since moving from Shaler Area, I have served as a principal within the Quaker Valley School District and as an assistant superintendent at West Allegheny School District. However, I am thrilled to be back, leading and serving as Superintendent of Schools for Shaler Area. I feel a special connection to this district and community. At the heart of Shaler Area is a strong and supportive community, and this served as one of the leading motivators for my desire to return.
As an educational leader, student growth is my primary focus. Our students spend a great deal of time with us, and we have a tremendous influence on preparing them for college and career success. We as a district will aspire to be excellent and grow students in all capacities: academically, socially, and emotionally. In order to succeed, our teachers, principals, staff members, parents, and community must partner together for the benefit of all children. The key ingredient to this success is a strong, collaborative, and supportive partnership.
As a District, we will strive to improve every day. Professional learning, collaboration, continuous dialogue, and an unwavering commitment to our students will be essential components of our work together. We will model a growth mindset while prioritizing traits and skills such as persistence, grit, curiosity, innovation, and creativity. These characteristics will help students meet success at every level in school and wherever their paths may take them in life.
I consider this opportunity to lead Shaler Area as both an honor and privilege. I am confident that we will accomplish great things together as we maintain our focus on student achievement and development. As the Superintendent of Shaler Area School District, it’s my goal to be accessible to the community. Coming this January, we will be hosting an Open House Meet and Greet event. Parents who wish to meet me will be able to do so informally in the Administrative Office Board Room on Thursday, January 7, 2016, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. I’m looking forward to meeting you and seeing your children excel in our schools.