"Ms. Taylor was nominated and selected by her fellow principals through a statewide search process conducted by the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PAESSP)," said PAESSP president Dr. Barbara Rudiak.
"Criteria for the selection of the principals, set by NAESP and the U.S. Department of Education, require that the honorees are active principals of schools where programs are designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students and where there are firmly established community ties with parents and local business organizations," said PAESSP President Dr. Rudiak.
Mr. Cashman turned the president's gavel over to Dr. Barbara A. Rudiak
2006-2007 president, at the association's annual business meeting on Tuesday, October 31, 2006.
Dr. Rudiak is the executive director, school management, K-5 elementary schools for the Pittsburgh School District.
Barbara A. Rudiak, executive director, school management, K-5 elementaryschoolsfor the Pittsburgh School District,has assumed the position of President of the approximately 4,000-member Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PAESSP), headquartered in Summerdale, Pa.
PAESSP's membership is comprised of elementary, middle level and secondary school principals, assistant principals and supervisors and is affiliated with the National Association of Elementary School Principals
(NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals
took over the association reins following the annual business meeting on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 held in conjunction with the fourteenth annual PAESSP conference.
She began her career in education as a middle school teacher for 14 years.
She also served as a supervisor of a school improvement program for two years and an assistant principal for two years.
She was principal of Phillips Elementary School (Pittsburgh School District) in the South Side neighborhood for 13 years.
A member of PAESSP and NAESP for 13 years, Dr. Rudiak served as the West IV elementary regional representative to the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary School Principals (PAESP) Board of Directors and the PAESSP Board of Directors for five years.
She served as a member of the PAESSP Conference Committee in 2001 and 2006; and as the PAESSP federal relations coordinator for two years.
In 2001, she
represented elementary principals in Pennsylvania at the National Principals' Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. In addition, she
has attended seven PAESSP state conferences; the NAESP/ NASSP National Leaders'
Conference in Washington, D.C., for three years; and the Northeast Regional Elementary Principals' Conference for two years.
Dr. Rudiak was the recipient of Pennsylvania's National Distinguished Principal (NDP) Award in 2003.
She is actively involved in various Pittsburgh School District committees and served on the executive board of the Pittsburgh Administrators' Association for 15 years.
Dr. Rudiak earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a master's of education degree from Duquesne University and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.