Robert L. Furman, Ed. D., serves as Coordinator of CASTL's Principal Network Program. Bob brings considerable experience to the position from his thirty eight years in public education that includes five years as a teacher at the elementary school level, his twenty two years as a building principal, and his five years as Deputy Superintendent. The majority of his public school experience took place in the Upper St. Clair School District in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his Superintendents Letter of Eligibility from West Virginia University and his Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh after earning his Pennsylvania Principal's Certification from Duquesne University. In addtion to being part of the CASTL team, Bob also serves as the Program Coordinator of Educational Administration in Duquesne University's School of Education. His area of professional interest is middle level education and he worked along side of Dr. Donald Eichhorn, the founding father of the middle school, throughout the early years of the middle school movement. Dr. Furman makes numerous presentations annually at state and national conferences as well as in school districts across the tri-state area. Some of his presentations focus on: The age characteristics of the early adolescent, Characteristics of the effective middle school, the role of parents in the school life of their middle school child, Lessons of School Leadership, and Supervising the marginal teacher.