Assistant Superintendent's Page

 Dr. Rita Sterner-Hine, Assistant Superintendent,
Waynesboro Area School District


Team Work Makes the Dream Work

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! We are so excited to continue to achieve great things at the Waynesboro Area School District.  Teamwork Makes the Dream Work continues to be our theme to collectively working together make Waynesboro the FIRST CHOICE for students, teachers, support staff, and the community! It is my privilege to work with Dr. Kline, the WASD School Board of Directors, the WASD administration, faculty and support staff. Building parental and community partnerships is also a part of our teamwork approach. 

My 2018-19 goals include the following:

· Be the steward of the WASD vision

· Lead WASD and develop a culture that educates and  empowers our students 

· Implement plans to achieve WASD goals

· Focus on teaching and learning at WASD

· Implement WASD board policy

· Communicate with all stakeholders

· Execute the WASD budget

· Lead the WASD Administrative Team

· Inspire, motivate, and support the WASD faculty and staff

· Ensure quality professional development at WASD

“I have had the privilege of working in the Waynesboro Area School District for 27 years and have been blessed to work with many amazing administrators, teachers, support staff, students, parents, and community members.  I really see this as an opportunity to continue to support our school district on a larger scale and positively influence the education of our students.  I bring to this position my experiences as a teacher, a secondary and elementary principal, and as a parent of WASD students.  I am looking forward to working with Dr. Kline and the WASD School Board of Directors. Our number one goal is to honor our mission statement of educating and empowering our students for future success.  We want make sure students remain our priority and we are collectively working to create safe, positive, rigorous, and engaging learning environments for all students”.

Dr. Sterner-Hine has worked for the Waynesboro Area School District (WASD) since 1991.  Dr. Sterner-Hine taught social studies at the Waynesboro Area Middle School, served as an assistant principal at the Waynesboro Area Senior High School, served as principal of Hooverville Elementary and principal at Summitview Elementary.. 

In addition to her WASD work experience, Dr. Sterner-Hine has been actively involved in the Waynesboro Area Business Education and Community Foundation (WABEC) since 2002.  Most recently, she served as co-chair for a very successful $1.75 million capital campaign for the Waynesboro Area Business Education and Community Foundation (WABEC). In this role, she actively worked with our community and businesses to reach the goal to finance the cost of a new synthetic turf field and track.

At WASD, Sterner-Hine has cultivate a very positive and high performing school climate. While serving as principal for ten years at Hooverville Elementary, the students consistently outperformed other schools in Franklin County.   Summitview Elementary was the recipient of the Governor's Award for Academic Excellence in 2013 and was recognized as one of the top 100 elementary schools in Pennsylvania based on their 93.2% School Performance Profile (SPP) score. 

Sterner-Hine has presented various workshops for national and state conferences. Her publications include:  “The Antebellum Women’s Movement” - National Center for Teaching History and “Math, Reading and Writing Performance on the PSSA: Examining Gender Differences using PVAAS - Doctoral Dissertation - 2012.  She has also worked as an adjunct professor for graduate studies at Wilson College.

Dr. Sterner-Hine is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a BS and a MS in Public Administration and a Comprehensive Social Studies Teacher Certification 6-12.  She also received her K-12 Principal Certification from Shippensburg University and her Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility from Edinboro University.  Her doctorate work was completed at Widener University, Chester PA.  Dr. Sterner-Hine is a graduate of Greencastle-Antrim High School and is married to Derek Hine, a Waynesboro Area Senior High graduate.  They are the proud parents of two WASHS graduates.  Their daughter, Rachel (Class of 2014), is a graduate of Penn State University Park and is a Financial Analyst in Chicago. Their son, Evan (Class of 2017), is a sophomore majoring in business and finance at Mount St. Mary’s and is also a member of the men’s tennis team. 


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