Did you know that October was Thank A Principal month?
Canon-McMillan School District thought it would be a great idea to give the community brief backgrounds on who the principals are at each building. Principals do so much for their schools and deserve to be acknowledged for all of their hard work! They’re all very passionate about education and many of them have been with Canon-McMillan School District starting at different roles, in different buildings, for many years. Even though October is Thank a Principal month, you can thank your principals any time of year!
This week's featured principals are your principal and assistant principal at Canonsburg Middle School. Learn more about them below!
Dr. Greg Taranto
Canonsburg Middle School
Dr. Taranto has served as the principal of Canonsburg Middle School for the past 16 years and served as the assistant principal for another 1.5 years prior to becoming principal. He also served one interim year at the Canon-McMillan Central Office as an Assistant to the Superintendent. Dr. Taranto holds a Ph.D in Instructional Management and Leadership from Robert Morris University, M.Ed. from California University of Pennsylvania, M.S. from East Stroudsburg University and B.S. from Slippery Rock University.
Prior to working in education, Dr. Taranto worked in the healthcare field as a Cardiac Rehabilitation Therapist. In addition to his principalship, Dr. Taranto serves as an adjunct professor at California University of Pennsylvania teaching in the Principal Leadership Program. He has published over 20 articles in various educational journals. He was named Pennsylvania’s Middle School Principal of the Year in 2012, received the 2012 Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Research & Publication Award and the Frank S. Manchester Award for Journalistic Excellence in 2013.
Dr. Taranto shared, “It has been a pleasure to serve the Canon-McMillan School District Community. The District continues to grow and it is as exciting as ever to be a part of it!”
Mr. Ken Schrag
Canonsburg Middle School
Mr. Ken Schrag serves as the assistant principal of Canonsburg Middle School, a position he has been in for the past fourteen years.
Prior to his administrative role, Mr. Schrag was a science teacher at the Middle School for six years. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Westminster College with a minor in Secondary Education. He received his Master’s of Education in Educational Administration from Westminster College as well.
While he originally planned to be a High School Science teacher, he quickly learned that he was a “middle school person” and has been there ever since!