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Michael Amick

Assistant Principal, Hampton High School

Statement of Research Interest/Problem of Practice:
Michael's research interests focus on equitable/just school discipline practices and ways to the positive impact of 1:1 technology on teacher planning.

Michael Amick has been an educator for 15 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Pittsburgh, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1996; a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2000, where he graduated with High Honors; and his K-12 Administration and Supervision Certificate from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2010.

Before becoming a building-based administrator at Hampton High School, Michael Amick has worked in various teaching and leadership roles. He served as a high school math teacher for nine years at Columbus Public and Pittsburgh Public schools. The classes Michael taught ran the gamut from pre-Algebra in low-performing, high-poverty schools to Calculus in a high-performing public school.

A master teacher, his classroom lessons were videotaped by the University of Pittsburgh's Institute for Learning and analyzed during teacher professional development sessions as a model for how to engage students, use differentiation strategies, and implement high-level problems. He also was part of the team that developed the Pittsburgh Science and Technology Magnet School from 2008 to 2009. This highly successful magnet school uses a unique interdisciplinary math curriculum that Mr. Amick helped to create. 

After leaving the classroom, Mr. Amick assumed the roles of curriculum coach and curriculum coordinator at Pittsburgh Public Schools until 2012.

Mr. Amick has worked as an independent contractor for several organizations, including the Institute for Learning, Think Through Math and TSI Graphics. He was responsible for writing Common Core-aligned instructional materials for grades 6-12, as well as designing online lessons and next-generation assessment items.

Michael has extensive experience designing and delivering professional development to teachers and school leadership teams. He has written mathematics curriculum, assessments, and tasks that have been used in various districts across the country. As a recognized educational leader, Michael served as the chair of Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto's Education Subcommittee.

Mentored by: Stephen Pellathy, Ph.D.
Assistant Principal, Hampton High School

Dr. Stephen Pellathy earned his doctorate in physics from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009 where he also earned a master's degree in history and philosophy of science.

Dr. Pellathy also earned a master's degree in applied physics from Cornell University in New York and a bachelor's degree in physics from Ohio University. He received his principal certification in 2012 through Pitt by taking advantage of changes in the state Department of Education's certification process that allowed three years of relevant professional experience to replace the requirement for five years of teaching experience.

Dr. Pellathy began his career in K-12 education as the curriculum coordinator for the Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy, a city-wide magnet school. Subsequently he served as the K-12 science coordinator for Pittsburgh Public Schools, and the as the principal of the Environmental Charter School in the city's east end. Currently he works alongside Michael Amick at Hampton High School, a suburban school in the greater Pittsburgh area.

In 2010 Dr. Pellathy delivered opening remarks as part of a public hearing of Pennsylvania House Education Committee Hearing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math focused on higher education's role in the recruitment, retention and renewal of minority students in math, science and technology programs.

Stephen is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh, most recently teaching a course on assessment and accountability to aspiring principals.

He serves as the committee chair for the Leadership in STEM Education Award, an annual regional award given by the Carnegie Science Center.