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Lisa Mumau

Elementary School Counselor, Yough School District

Statement of Research Interest/Problem of Practice:
Ms. Mumau's areas of professional interest and focus include counseling advocacy and school counselor professional development. Her research interests focus on the empowerment of elementary- school aged girls.  She is investigating the impact of the ROX Program on self-esteem awareness and knowledge within a rural elementary school setting.

Lisa M. Mumau has been a Professional School Counselor working with K-8 students for 11
years.  For the past seven years, she has served as an Elementary School Counselor at Yough School District in Herminie, PA. In this capacity, Ms. Mumau also has served as the Counseling Department Chair for the district. Programs of counselor leadership that Ms. Mumau has facilitated are: elementary Developmental Counseling Plan, an elementary career curriculum program, The Big Help Club-Community Service Learning, ROX, and The Backpack for Hunger Initiative through The Westmoreland County Food Bank. 
 
Prior to her work in Yough School District, Lisa worked as a middle school counselor for the Derry Area School District and an elementary counselor with the Connellsville Area School District. MS. Mumau holds a PA K-12 Administrative Certificate and a PA K-12 Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Certificate. Additionally, Ms. Mumau holds licensure as a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Lisa is working in private practice to support clients and families dealing with mental health and behavior disorders. She is conducting clinical evaluations, writing treatment plans, and consulting for behavior modification.
 
Ms. Mumau earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, her Master's in Education in School Counseling from California University of PA, her Principal Certification from the University of Scranton, and her Supervisory certification from Duquesne University.
 
Professionally, Ms. Mumau serves as the Regional Representative for The Pennsylvania School Counselors Association, and shares leadership roles in Westmoreland County School Counselors Association and the Western Pennsylvania Region of Department of Pupil Personnel Services. In her community, Ms. Mumau is an active volunteer and supports educational and counseling missions in Haiti. Most recently, Lisa is coordinating the Student Assistance Program at Mendon Elementary School and supporting the Special Educational referral process at West Newton and Mendon Elementary Schools.

Mentored by: Dr. Janet Sardon
Assistant Superintendent, Yough School District

Dr. Janet Sardon began her career as a Special Education Teacher in the South Allegheny School District. During her eleven years at South Allegheny, she also was a Dean of Students, Middle School and High School Principal. She then moved to the McKeesport Area School District where she served as the Director of Information Services and Technology Integration for three years. Responsibilities included direction of the technology department while integrating technology into the everyday teaching within the classroom. In 2007, Dr. Sardon was hired as Assistant Superintendent in the West Mifflin Area School District where her focus was Special education and Title I services. Appointed to the Superintendent position in 2009, she served two years. During that time, she worked to make the transition for Duquesne High School students to be members of West Mifflin and focused time on a building project for the middle school program. In 2011, Dr. Sardon was honored to be hired to serve as the Superintendent of the Yough School District. Dr. Sardon is entering her seventh year as Superintendent. Dr. Sardon received her bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, her master's and doctoral degree from the University of Pittsburgh Administrative and Policy Studies Department. Her research dissertation was on the teacher evaluation process in Pennsylvania and the impact on teaching.

Dr. Sardon has served as President and Vice President of Tri-State Student Council as well as a member of the Executive Committee Member. She is a board member for the Consortium for Public Education since 2013. In 2010, she received the honor of Educator of the year from the Steel Valley Chamber of Commerce. As a 2013 graduate of the Education and Policy Leadership Fellowship, she honed her skills as a child advocate for public education and made network connections with many administrators throughout Pennsylvania. Her work in public education advocacy continues as the Westmoreland County representative to PASA (Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators).

Community is an important part of education. As President of the West Newton Rotary Club in 2016-2017, the club strived to make a difference with students and community through supporting local community activities, fundraising, and grant giving.

Dr. Sardon has presented at various conferences including the Integrated Learning Conference, Pennsylvania Middle School Conference, PIMS Data Summit, and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit new teacher induction on curriculum and instruction. In 2009, she co-authored a publication on small group instruction for students in primary grades for the Pennsylvania Administrator entitled "Working Together in a Research-Based Small Group Intervention Environment: The Keys to Success in the Primary Grades"

For the last four years, the Yough School District has been honored to receive the Top Workplace Award sponsored by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for great places to work for companies' mid-size. The district focuses on the importance of child advocacy and developing relationships both within the district as well as outside in the community and businesses. Focusing on what is in the best interest of children is always the priority for everyone in Yough School District. Implementation of Full Day Kindergarten, STEAM, RTII, District and Building Level Site Based Management, Drug Prevention, and Safety are all important programs to continue the legacy of excellent education in the Yough School District.