At the April 15 School Board meeting, Dr. Sarah Shaw was appointed by the Board as the new principal of Jefferson Middle School. Dr. Shaw has been the principal of Jefferson Elementary School for the past five years. She will take over the helm from current JMS principal, Ms. Kelly Szesterniak, who will be leaving Mt. Lebanon to return to her hometown in Wisconsin as principal of a middle school there.
Dr. Shaw's official start date is July 1, but she will be working on a seamless transition for JMS students and staff over the next few weeks.
Dr. Shaw has a bachelor's degree from Penn State University. She earned a master's degree, K-12 principal's certification, and a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh.
"Dr. Shaw has been a valuable member of our leadership team as the principal of Jefferson Elementary School for the past five years. She has the institutional knowledge, skills, and experience to continue the success of Jefferson Middle School," said Dr. Timothy Steinhauer. "I have no doubt that Dr. Shaw will serve the JMS community well and will continue the legacy of excellence in education for which the school is known. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Shaw as the new principal of Jefferson Middle School."