2022 Retirees Honored at School Board Meeting

The School Board and Administration honored the 31 District employees retiring this year at the May 23 board meeting. 

In Dr. Steinhauer's opening remarks he stated, "I have the pleasure of recognizing the careers of some of our finest educators.  Through their diligent work, these individuals have left a legacy that has enriched the lives of our students and contributed to the success of our school district. This year we have 31 employees retiring: 14 from our professional staff and 17 support staff. Together they represent over 645 years of expertise and experience in the Mt. Lebanon School District. Their devotion and dedication to Mt. Lebanon students and community deserve our thanks, appreciation, and best wishes as they retire and move on to the next phase of their life."

2022 Mt. Lebanon School District Retirees

Professional Certificated Staff

  • Kathryn “Kathy” Backa started working for the Mt. Lebanon School District in February 1995 as a substitute teacher. During the 1998-1999 school year, she worked in an instructional support role as a teacher assistant at Howe Elementary. She was awarded a contract teacher placement at Howe beginning with the 1999-2000 school year. During her time at Howe, she taught 4th and 5th grade. She transferred to 5th grade at Markham Elementary at the start of the 2009-2010 school year, where she remains until her retirement, effective at the end of the current school year. (27.25 years with Mt. Lebanon)

  • Joe Figura was hired by Mt. Lebanon School District as a part-time permanent substitute mathematics teacher at the Junior High School at the start of the 1989-1990 school year. During school years 1991-1992 and 1992-1993, he performed part and full-time permanent substitute mathematics teacher roles at the High School. He was awarded a mathematics teacher contract position at the High School at the start of the 1993-1994 school year, where he remains until his retirement at the end of this school year. (32 years with Mt. Lebanon)

  • Thomas Jackson began his service to Mt. Lebanon School District as a part-time mathematics teacher at the High School at the start of the 1994-1995 school year. In addition to that role, he served as an educator in both the accelerated elementary math program at Foster Elementary, and in the computer and math labs at the High School. He was awarded a full-time contract mathematics position at the High School for the following year, and has served on the high school math team ever since. He retired on January 17, 2022. (27.25 years with Mt. Lebanon)

  • Gwen Kassep joined the District at the start of the 2001-2002 school year as a part-time business, computer and information technology teacher at the High School. She was promoted to a full-time contract the following year and served at the High School for 10 years. She transferred to Jefferson Middle School at the start of the 2013-2014 school year, where she remains until her retirement at the end of the current school year. (20.75 years with Mt. Lebanon)

  • Jason Kukic has served the entirety of his years of service to the Mt. Lebanon School District at Howe Elementary School. He worked two years as a permanent substitute teacher beginning with the 1995-1996 school year, then became a contract elementary teacher at the start of the 1997-1998 school year. Over the years, he has taught third through sixth grade. He retired on January 31, 2022. (26.25 years with Mt. Lebanon)

  • Catherine McClain began working for the District at the start of the 1997-1998 school year as a teacher aide at Lincoln Elementary School. She continued in that role until October 1999, when she transferred to a special education classroom aide assignment. She was awarded a 50% school counselor contract at Lincoln at the start of the 2000-2001 school year, and increased to full-time status beginning with the 2004-2005 school year. She continues her years of service at Lincoln Elementary until her retirement at the end of the current school year. (25.25 years with Mt. Lebanon)

  • Carlie McGinty was hired by Mt. Lebanon School District in June 2009 as the High School student activities director, a role that she performed for over 3 years. She left the District in November 2012, but returned in February 2016 as a dean of students at the High School, and was retitled as unit principal in August 2017. She remains in this role until her retirement on September 1, 2022. (10 total years with Mt. Lebanon)

  • Jennifer McMullen joined Mt. Lebanon School District as a teacher aide at Foster Elementary School in September 2005. She transitioned to a permanent substitute first grade teacher assignment at Foster during the 2006-2007 school year, then was awarded a half-time kindergarten teacher contract at the start of the 2007-2008 school year. She transferred to a full-time position at Hoover beginning with the 2008-2009 school year, where she taught second and third grades, and remained until her retirement effective March 4, 2021. (15.5 years with Mt. Lebanon)

  • Janette Mellett started in the District as a permanent substitute second grade teacher at Howe Elementary School for the 1993-1994 school year. She was awarded the second grade contract position the following year and remained at Howe until a transfer to fifth grade at Jefferson Elementary beginning with the 2005-2006 school year. She was awarded an instructional support teacher assignment at Lincoln Elementary at the start of the 2014-2015 school year, where she remains until her retirement in June. (28.75 years with Mt. Lebanon)

  • Michael Melnyk was hired by Mt. Lebanon School District in March 2012 as the head football coach at the High School, a role that he performed through the 2018-2019 school year. He joined the high school social studies faculty at the start of the 2012-2013 school year, where he remains until his retirement at the end of this school year. (10 years with Mt. Lebanon)

  • Michelle Murray joined the administrative faculty of the Mt. Lebanon School District in October 2004 as a unit principal at the High School. She became the principal at Howe Elementary School in October 2010. She has led the Howe team since, and remains there until her retirement on June 30, 2022. (17.5 years with Mt. Lebanon)

  • Mary Perz’s service to the District began in August 2002 when she was hired as a permanent substitute kindergarten teacher at Jefferson Elementary School for the 2002-2003 school year. She continued as a permanent substitute kindergarten teacher for the first semester of the 2003-2004 school year in an assignment at Hoover Elementary School, then stayed on at Hoover as a long-term substitute instructional support teacher during the latter half of the second semester. She was awarded the IST contract at Hoover at the start of the following school year, where she remains until her retirement at the end of this school year. (19.75 years with Mt. Lebanon)

  • Thomas Sharman joined the District as a substitute teacher in 1995. He was awarded a health and physical education teacher contract assigned to Jefferson Middle School beginning with the 1998-1999 school year. He transferred to Mellon Middle School in August 2003, where he has taught since, and remains through his retirement, effective at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. (27 years with Mt. Lebanon)

  • Julie Snyder began teaching in the District in January 1998 when she was hired as a permanent substitute first grade teacher at Markham Elementary School. She was awarded a first grade teacher contract at Markham at the start of the 1998-1999 school year. She transferred to a part-time kindergarten teacher assignment at Lincoln Elementary school for the 2001-2002 school year, then resumed full time status with a second grade assignment at Lincoln for the following year. She performed on the second grade team until the 2015-2016 school year, when she transferred to a fifth grade assignment. She was awarded a technology education teacher position at Mellon Middle School at the start of the 2018-2019 school year, where she continues until her retirement in June. (24.5 years with Mt. Lebanon)

Support Staff

  • Lynn Brown began working for Mt. Lebanon School District as a personal care assistant at Foster Elementary School at the start of the 2006-2007 school year. In September 2007, she became a special education classroom aide at Foster, where she remained until her retirement on July 26, 2021. (14.75 years with Mt. Lebanon)

  • Gary Bykowski joined Mt. Lebanon School District Facilities Department as a summer maintenance employee in June 2017. He remained with the District as a substitute custodian at the conclusion of the summer assignment, and was promoted to a contract custodial position at Mellon Middle School in March 2018. He remained at Mellon until his retirement on March 31, 2022. (4.75 years with Mt. Lebanon)

  • Kathleen Chavez served as a teacher assistant at the middle and high schools from the 1997-1998 school year, through the 1999-2000 school year. She resigned employment with the District in August 2000, but resumed service as a health aide at Washington Elementary School in September of 2010. She transferred to Jefferson Elementary in February 2011, and remained there until becoming a personal care assistant assigned to Mellon Middle School, beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. She moved to the High School for the 2017-2018 school year, where she remained until her retirement on January 14, 2022. (14.25 total years with Mt. Lebanon)

  • Barbara DeMaio joined Mt. Lebanon School District Food Services Department as a general cafeteria worker at Mellon Middle School in August 1999. She transferred briefly to Jefferson Middle School during the 2004-2005 school year, but returned to Mellon that spring. She has served at Mellon since then, in serving, prep, and cashier stations, and remains there until her retirement on May 27, 2022. (22.75 years with Mt. Lebanon)

  • Christine Dinger was hired as a personal care assistant at Mellon Middle School at the start of the 2001-2002 school year. She served the District in that role through the 2007-2008 school year, then left the District briefly, but returned as a day-to-day substitute teacher in March 2009. During the 2010-2011 through 2015-2016 school years, she held multiple long-term and permanent substitute positions in 6th-grade classrooms at Mellon Middle School. She transitioned to a personal care assistant role at Mellon for the start of the 2016-2017 school year, but continued to perform as a long-term and permanent substitute teacher in various assignments through 2017-2018. During her years of service to the District, she has also served the Summer Learning Center Extended School Year Program in both paraprofessional and teacher roles. She will retire from her PCA position at Mellon at the end of this school year. (20.75 total years with Mt. Lebanon)

  • Monica Hall joined the District during the 2011-2012 school year as a clerical substitute before being awarded the part-time library clerk position at Washington Elementary in October. She served as a special education classroom aide at the High School from 2012-2013 through 2015-2016, before transferring to the guidance office clerk assignment for the 2016-2017 school year. She transitioned to the guidance office secretary role in August 2021, where she remained until her retirement on April 20, 2022. (10.5 years with Mt. Lebanon)

  • Judith Kolko was hired by Mt. Lebanon School District on October 25, 2004, as the part-time community service coordinator at Mt. Lebanon High School. She remained in that role for an additional seven and a half years, until starting the position of full-time student activities director at the High School on January 2, 2013. She retired from her position on the high school team on February 25, 2022. (17.25 years with Mt. Lebanon)

  • Randal Leach began working for the District’s Facilities Office in March 1985 when he was hired as a substitute custodian. He was awarded a contract custodial position at the High School in October 1987, and transferred to a utility/grounds worker assignment in November 1994, where he remained until his retirement on July 13, 2021. (36.25 years with Mt. Lebanon)

  • Brenda Nascone started working in the District in September 1997 as a lunchroom supervisor at Lincoln Elementary. She has been a member of the elementary instructional support staff team since the start of the 2006-2007 school year, when she was appointed as a personal care assistant at Hoover and Lincoln Elementary Schools. During that year, she also served Washington Elementary when her assignment changed in November. She transferred to a special education classroom aide position at Lincoln at the start of the 2007-2008 school year, where she remained until becoming a classroom aide at Markham Elementary in August 2015. She transferred to Jefferson Elementary at the start of the 2018-2019 school year, where she continues until her retirement in June 2022. (24.5 years with Mt. Lebanon)

  • Lawrence Pajak worked as a substitute custodian in the District from April 2004 through December 2005, when he was awarded a contract custodial position at Mt. Lebanon High School. He has been a member of the high school custodial team since, and remains there until his retirement at the end of the school year on June 30, 2022. (16.5 years with Mt. Lebanon)

  • Diane Popek joined Mt. Lebanon team in October 2008 as a member of the clerical substitute pool. She worked on various assignments over the next two years until being appointed as the school secretary at Lincoln Elementary School in November 2010. She continued her service at Lincoln until her retirement, effective December 31, 2021. (13 years with Mt. Lebanon)

  • Mona Rice was hired by Mt. Lebanon School District in June 2001 as a clerk in the Finance Office, where she remained for just over four years until joining the Technology Department team as the multimedia secretary in September 2005. In February 2013, she was named the multimedia and data support specialist, a role that she held until her retirement on October 29, 2021. (20.25 years with Mt. Lebanon)

  • Gina Stein joined Mt. Lebanon School District in October 1994 as a lunchroom and playground aide at Howe Elementary School. She was promoted to part-time office clerk in the principal’s office at the High School in October of the following year. Gina spent the subsequent 26 years in service to the High School in various clerical support roles, including full-time clerk in the unit principal’s office, summer school coordinator, 12-month secretary in the principal’s office, and administrative assistant to the high school principal. She retired on December 3, 2021. (27 years with Mt. Lebanon)

  • Nathaniel “Nayt” Stitch was hired by the District in January 2009 as a substitute custodian. He was appointed as a contract custodian at the High School in September 2009. During his over twelve years of service on the custodial team, he has worked at the High School, Lincoln Elementary, and Hoover Elementary. He retired from his position at Hoover in November 2021. (12.75 years with Mt. Lebanon)

  • Karen Taylor started working for Mt. Lebanon School District in April 2006 as a substitute cafeteria worker. She began a contract position as a general cafeteria worker at the High School in November 2009, where she has worked since, and remains until her retirement in June 2022. (16 years with Mt. Lebanon)

  • Patti Verlato provided clerical support to the District as the instructional clerk at Markham Elementary School for over 9 years. She was appointed as the part-time human resources secretary in the District’s central offices in January 2011, and increased to full-time status in July 2019. She retired from her HR position on August 17, 2021. (19.75 years with Mt. Lebanon)

  • Pamela Wagner began her years of service to the District as a clerical substitute in March 2000. She was appointed lunchroom supervisor at Howe Elementary for the 2000-2001 school year, then transitioned to the cafeteria monitor role at the High School in August 2001. She served in that role for six years until being named to the new role of campus manager at the start of the 2007-2008 school year. She served on the campus security team at the High School until her retirement on February 17, 2022. (21.75 years with Mt. Lebanon)