Mr. Michael Allison
Mr. Michael Allison is the principal of Hopewell High School. He began his administrative career on March 1, 1998 when he came to Hopewell High School as the Assistant Principal and in August of 2000 assumed his role as building principal. Prior to coming to Hopewell, Mr. Allison served as a teacher in the South Side Area School District; where he was consistently challenged by his supervisors to take on roles as a teacher leader. He was a South Side High School teacher of Earth and Space Science as well as Physical Science for two years and then found his passion with seven years of teaching eighth grade science at South Side Middle School. He also served as a boys and girls basketball coach at South Side.
Mr. Allison’s proudest educational moments come from knowing he has helped to shape the educational vision of his school community; from watching students receive their diplomas, knowing he had a role in their success; and from getting to congratulate each individual student at graduation. He views the principal’s job as a vocation demonstrated by his strong commitment to students and their success. His driving passion is to build communication links to students and staff focused on serving each student’s needs as an individual. Mr. Allison strongly believes that the Hopewell Area School District is a special community shaped by the work ethic of our grandparents and their histories in the factories of Beaver County and furthered strengthened by the strong ethnic connections and religious dedication of the families of our school community. He feels a strong connection to Hopewell and its families through his extended service to our school community. Working with so many students through the years and now working with their children and knowing so many grandparents and aunts and uncles has created a unique connection that allows him to connect and further his relationships with our students, families and school community.
Mr. Allison earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education (Biology) from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in 1989; a Master’s of Education degree in Educational Leadership and secondary principal certification from Franciscan University of Steubenville; and an elementary principal certification from Westminster College. He was also a member of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program for Educational Leaders (IDPEL) Cohort 2003 at Duquesne University.
coming to Hopewell, Mr. Allison, has been an active leader in local, state and
national principals associations. He has served as the President of the
MAC Principals Association; he has been on the Board of Directors of the
Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PAESSP)
since 1999 and served as the Pennsylvania president during the 2007-2008 school
year. Recently, Mr. Allison was again elected to serve as President of
PAESSP, which is now called the PA Principals Association, and he will assume
that two year term beginning in October of 2018. Further, Mr. Allison has been
published in the PAESSP magazine, The Pennsylvania Administrator, and has
served as an adjunct faculty member in the Principal Leadership graduate
program at Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH.
In 2010, Mr. Allison was elected to serve on the
Board of Directors of the National Association of Secondary School Principals
(NASSP) and culminated his work with NASSP by serving as the 2015-2016 national
president of NASSP. During his presidency, he was blessed to have the
opportunity to go with a small cadre of American principals to China for a
month to share educational best practices with principals across China.
Additionally, he has worked on numerous national committees; engaged in
advocacy work with legislators in Washington D.C. promoting principals and the
power of our public high schools; and he has presented at state principal
conferences across the United States.
Since 2010, Mr. Allison has been elected annually
by his principal peers to the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic
League (WPIAL) Board of Directors and works as the association treasurer.
In July of 2018, Mr. Allison was elected to a position on the Pennsylvania
Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Board of Directors and looks
forward to working with athletes, principals, and other school leaders from
across Pennsylvania in this new role.
Mr. Allison resides in Findlay Township, with his
wife, Michele, and their son, Alexei. He always recognizes and thanks
them for their support in his efforts to be an effective and dedicated
JH Asst. Principal
Mr. Louis Ceccarelli earned his Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education Social Studies with minors in Political Science and History, followed by a Master's degree in Educational Leadership with a K-12 Principal Certification from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He began his career at Aliquippa High School in 2001, where he spent three years before moving to Virginia and teaching at Chantilly High School in Fairfax, Virginia, where he was also the varsity baseball coach.
In 2007, Mr. Ceccarelli moved back to Pennsylvania and returned to Aliquippa High School, where he spent the next 13 years of his career.
Mr. Ceccarelli lives in Hopewell Township, with his wife, Robin, and their daughters Isabella and Gianna.
Mr. Ceccarelli is passionate about education and is looking forward to serving the Hopewell Area School District.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" Nelson Mandela
Elementary Assistant Principal
It is an honor to serve as the Elementary Assistant Principal for the Hopewell Area School District! After graduating from Westminster College with a degree in Elementary Education (K-6), I went on to receive my Master’s in Education and K-12 Principal's Certification from California University of Pennsylvania. For the past eight years, I have taught fifth grade at Jefferson Elementary in the Mt. Lebanon School District. Being a school administrator has always been a lifelong dream, and I’m extremely blessed to be able to serve the district in this capacity. I look forward to communicating with the children, faculty, staff, and community to provide the best education possible for students. As the Elementary Assistant Principal, I promise that each decision that I make will be made with the students’ best interest in mind. I believe that every student is capable of achieving, and it is every staff member's responsibility to create a positive, inviting, safe school climate where students feel valued, challenged, and confident in their pursuit of success. In the upcoming days, I am excited to share my passion for Education with the wonderful community of Hopewell!
Furthermore, I also serve as a Captain at the 171st Air Refueling Wing and hold the position of the Aircraft Maintenance Operations Officer in the United States Air Force. My time in the military has been extremely rewarding and has taught me many life lessons that I have used in Education. I look forward to bringing a unique perspective to the district as we work diligently to provide students with every opportunity to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. Family truly means everything to me in life, and I want nothing more than to continue this mindset with everyone I encounter throughout Hopewell. I know we have been presented with some unusual circumstances, but I know with your partnership, we will continue to provide students with the best education possible.
I look forward to being in a position to make a difference for our Viking family. Our communication and collaboration in the days ahead will set the foundation for our students’ future success. I thank every stakeholder in advance for your trust and partnership throughout this journey as we work to ensure each and every student has memorable experiences throughout their time at Hopewell that will last a lifetime! :)
Korri Kane has been with the Hopewell Area School District since 2007, as an Assistant Principal at the Junior Hih, and is currently the Elementary Principal for the district. She is a graduate of both Edinboro University and the University of Phoenix. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech and Hearing Disorders and a Master’s Degree in Education. Mrs. Kane is an active member of the PA State and National Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, The International Society for Technology in Education, and National and PA State Association of Elementary School Principals.
Dr. Robert Kartychak is currently Hopewell High School’s assistant principal. He has had the privilege of spending his entire professional career in the Hopewell Area School District. Dr. Kartychak's career began as a sixth grade teacher at Hopewell Memorial Junior High School in 2002, and would later serve as a fourth grade teacher and department chairperson at Hopewell Elementary for the final four years of his teaching career. Dr. Kartychak was an elementary assistant principal for six years to begin his administrative journey prior to joining the high school administrative team at the start of the 2020-21 school year. While all facets of education intrigue him, Dr. Kartychak has been particularly interested in how students learn and engage with mathematics.
Dr. Kartychak earned his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2001; Masters of Education in Administration and Policy Studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006; and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership with Superintendent Letter of Eligibility from Point Park University in 2019.
While Dr. Kartychak is not officially Hopewell alumni, he is a proud Viking! He feels it has been a pleasure over his time in Hopewell to have had the opportunity to work in each of the district's five school buildings with the best staff, students, and parents around. When he is not at school, Dr. Kartychak resides nearby with his wife and two sons.
Mr. Edward Katkich, a 1990 graduate of Aliquippa High
School, obtained his Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from West
Virginia University. Subsequently, he pursued his Master in Educational
Administration from Youngstown State University. Mr. Katkich is a long
standing member of the National Association of Elementary and Secondary School
Principals (NAESSP), Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary
School Principals (PAESSP), National Association for Supervision and Curriculum
Development (NASCD), and the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and
Curriculum Development (PASCD).
Since 1997, Mr. Katkich has proudly served as an employee
of the Hopewell Area School District. Following a brief, yet rewarding,
five year tenure as a 7th/8th grade geography and social studies educator, Mr. Katkich joined the Hopewell Area School District’s Administrative Team as Jr. High Assistant Principal. In 2005, he was promoted to Junior High Principal and continues to serve the Hopewell Learning Community in this capacity.
Throughout his tenure of over 20 years with the Hopewell
Area School District, Mr. Katkich has assisted in the development of the
District’s Strategic, Safety and Special Education Plans. Collaboratively
with staff members, Mr. Katkich has worked to integrate curricular offerings to
include STEAM oriented electives and various other courses focused on the
application of skills gained within the core content. He strongly
believes that as an educational leader one should always listen to the voices
of his/her students. For if you wish to provide an engaging learning
environment, an educational leader needs to decipher the interests of the young
academicians in order to foster a truly meaningful curricula.
Dr. Michelle Miller
has served over 20 years in public education was appointed as Superintendent of
the Hopewell Area School District in July 2016. Dr. Miller shares that “I feel
truly honored to be part of the Hopewell Area School District and feel privileged
work with the amazing students, teachers, administration, school board, and
Dr. Miller, a
lifelong educator, attended Chatham College, Duquesne University and the
University of Pittsburgh to prepare her for a career in education.
She began her teaching and administrative
career in the Ellwood City Area School District as a Social Studies teacher and
then as Assistant High School Principal. She then joined the
administrative team at Seneca Valley School District as the Principal of Haine
Middle School, a 5th and 6th grade middle school.
With superintendent leadership experience in the districts of Blackhawk and
Wilmington, Dr. Miller joined our District with a wealth of school leadership
experiences. As your Superintendent, Dr.
Miller wants parents to know that each child’s education is our priority.
We want to create a safe and
engaging learning environment where all of our students want to be and want to
With an unwavering passion for
teaching, Dr. Miller has been an adjunct professor at Westminster College and
continues to be a guest speaker in teacher and administrative preparation
programs. Dr. Miller serves as a Board Member for Lifesteps, Inc.,
Tri-State Study Council, and the Forum for Western PA Superintendents. Upon
returning to Beaver County as Hopewell’s superintendent, she has joined the
Executive Boards for Beaver County United Way, Beaver County Cancer and Heart
Association and Beaver County Educational Trust.
Miller resides in South Beaver with her family and is proud to be part of the
Hopewell Area School District serving the students, parents, and community. Dr.
Miller shares that “through our staff and students’ Purpose, Passion and Pride,
the future of Hopewell is unlimited!”
Dr. Kellee Oliver
Coordinator of Pupil Personnel Services
Dr. Oliver, a proud Hopewell graduate, began her tenure with the Hopewell Area School District in August 2012. Her passion for
working to identify and remove barriers to student learning, and advocating for
the needs of children, adolescents, and teenagers has been the driving force
for her career and is reflected in her prior experiences. Dr. Oliver
earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Social Work from Gannon University,
a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology and a M.S. in School Psychology from Edinboro
University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in Instructional Management and
Leadership from Robert Morris University. She is a Nationally Certified School
Psychologist (NCSP) and has her Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services
Prior to joining the Hopewell administrative team, Dr. Oliver
interned in New York for one year and worked for two years as a school
psychologist in Ohio. She is an active member of the National Association of
School Psychologists (NASP), the Pennsylvania Pupil Services Administrators
(PAPSA), and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).
Outside of school Dr. Oliver enjoys spending time with her family
and greyhounds as well as volunteering for a local greyhound rescue
Director of Buildings and Grounds
Mr. Pelino is a 1978 graduate of the Hopewell Area
School District. Upon graduation he
joined the United State Marine Corps and served until 1981. He also served in the Air National Guard with
the 171st Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron in Pittsburgh from 1985 through 1989.
Mr. Pelino has been with the Hopewell Area School
District since 2004 as the Director of Buildings and Grounds. He has an associates degree in specialized
technology in the Aeronautical Maintenance Program. He holds an Airframe and Power Plant License
in the aviation field.
Prior to coming to Hopewell, Mr. Pelino worked for
USAirways from 1986 through 2004, with the last four years assigned to
Facilities Maintenance, where he executed orders for all maintenance on hangers
and, at the time, the most advanced automated belt system for passenger
Being a 1978 Hopewell graduate, along with being a
member of the community, gives me the motivation and desire to make a difference
in education by providing a clean and safe environment for all students, staff
and members of the community.
Heather Roach is a school psychologist and works with
Hopewell students in all grades. Heather has worked as a school
psychologist for 19 years, in various environments, ranging from pre-school to
high school, with general education and special education students, and in the
pediatric medical field. She has an extensive background in psycho-educational
assessment, individual and group counseling, and behavior management. Mrs.
Roach earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from LeMoyne College and a Master
of Science in School-Community Psychology from The College of New Rochelle. She
began her educational career as a school psychologist in New York before moving
to Pittsburgh in 2005. She spent 10 years working in the Prader-Willi Syndrome
program and Pediatric Pain Disorders program at The Children’s Institute. She
has been working with the Hopewell Area School District since October of 2016.
Mrs. Roach enjoys helping students succeed and collaborating with Hopewell
families, administrators, teachers, and community providers. Outside of school
she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.
Dr. Joel Roth
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Dr. Joel Roth arrived at Hopewell Area School District as the Curriculum Director in 2021. He began his career as an educator in the Cherokee County School District in Georgia most recently assuming the role of Assistant Principal (Curriculum) at Woodstock High School. Prior to this position, he was an Instructional Lead Strategist, Mathematics Teacher, and Coach at River Ridge High School. He served the Cherokee County School District for 11 years before returning to his Western Pennsylvania roots.
Dr. Roth earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Clarion University in his hometown of Clarion, Pennsylvania. He continued on to obtain a Master’s degree in Teaching and Learning from Nova Southeastern University and a Master’s of Education in Educational Administration and Supervision from Liberty University. He attended Kennesaw State University to study Curriculum, where he earned a Specialist Degree and then a Doctorate of Education in Secondary Education Mathematics.
Outside of school, Dr. Roth is the proud husband to his wife, Brianne and father to their three children Jace, Paige, and Eli. He enjoys spending time with his family outdoors and is an avid Pittsburgh sports fan.
Mr. Don Short, Athletic Director/Trainer at Hopewell Area School District has been named Pennsylvania Region IV Athletic Director of
the Year. In 1988, he became a
certified athletic trainer, earning his Athletic Administrator certificate in
2003. Mr. Short was hired as Hopewell
Area School District’s athletic trainer in 1989 and has served as the
district’s athletic director since 2002. Mr. Short is a graduate of Allegheny College and Aliquippa High School.
During Mr. Short’s tenure
at Hopewell, he has supervised and coordinated four PIAA and 13 WPIAL team championships
as well as numerous section championships.
Mr. Short’s proudest
accomplishment during his 17 years as athletic director was his involvement with
the district’s recently renovated Tony Dorsett Stadium. From its conception to completion, Mr. Short
was actively involved with coordination, overseeing the daily construction.
Mr. Short has served as
MAC President from 2011-2013. His
memberships include WPIAL Sports Medicine, PSADA, and has served as WPIAL game
manager for many soccer, football, and volleyball events.
Don currently resides in
the Hopewell School District with his wife, Lynn.
Dr. Lynn Utchell
Director of Special Education
Dr. Lynn Utchell began her educational career in 2004 as Hopewell Area School District’s first School Psychologist Intern. Following her internship she worked as a School Psychologist in Allegheny County for the Shadyside Academy Junior School and the Carlynton School District. Dr. Utchell proudly returned to the Hopewell Area School District in August of 2010 as the Director of Special Education.
Prior to beginning her career, Dr. Utchell
earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Allegheny College and obtained
both her Master of Science in Education and Doctorate in School Psychology from
Duquesne University. Her educational focus has centered on the areas literacy
and inclusion. She is a member of Pennsylvania and National Associations of
Pupil Services Administrators, National Association of School Psychologists, Association
for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Beaver County Local Task
Outside of school she enjoys spending time with
her husband, two children and golden retriever. Dr. Utchell is dedicated to
making sure ALL individuals find their purpose, passion and pride at Hopewell!