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Brian Pohland

6th and 7th Grade World History Teacher, Pittsburgh Classical Academy, Pittsburgh Public Schools District

Statement of Research Interest/Problem of Practice:
Brian's research focuses on how to create a classroom culture which supports high expectations of the students.

Brian received a B.A. in History at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, 2010. He then continued at Slippery Rock University, to get his Masters of Education with a focus in Social Studies, in 2011.

Brian has worked with Pittsburgh Public Schools since he was a student teacher in 2011. He student taught at Pittsburgh Creative and Preforming Arts School (CAPA). He then went on to become a full-time substitute with his own classroom, first at Pittsburgh Allderdice High School and then back at CAPA. In the summer of 2013, he was hired as a full-time teacher with Pittsburgh Publics Schools at Pittsburgh Allderdice High School. After a year, Brian was transferred to Pittsburgh Classical Academy, a middle school in the same school district.

During his time with the district, Brian has been a part of different educational organizations. Brian was a part of the Promise Readiness Core and the Consortium of Public Education while at Pittsburgh Allderdice. Both of these groups looked to help struggling students, with in the Public School systems, graduate. He also worked with the organization Classrooms Without Borders, where he studied the holocaust in Poland. Most recently, he has been added to Pittsburgh Classical's Positive Behavior Intervention Systems (PBIS) team.

Brian is now pursuing his Education Doctorate in Educational Leadership, at Duquesne University.

Mentored by: Dr. Jim Wortman
Assistant Superintendent for St. Marys Area School District, St. Marys, Pa. and in his 38th year as a professional educator

Dr. Wortman graduated from Lock Haven University with a B. S. in Education and a Social Studies certification. He began his career as a teacher and coach at his alma mater-Elk County Catholic High School. After 16 years in the teaching ranks he went on to become the very first principal of Elk County Catholic while earning his M.S. in Education and his Administrative Certification from Duquesne University.

After a stint as the K-8 Principal of Our Lady of Lourdes School in Raleigh, NC and a foray into entrepreneurship with an education related start-up (Explore! Creative Learning Center), Dr. Wortman returned to Pennsylvania and began his career in public education.

Dr. Wortman served as Principal of the Kane Area Middle School from for three years and assumed the role of Principal at the St. Marys Area Middle School in 2006. He held this position for ten years before securing his current central office position of Assistant Superintendent in the summer of 2016.

In addition to his professional service in the K-12 sector, Dr. Wortman has been an Adjunct Professor in master degree programs at both Duquesne University in and Gannon University. He is also a foundational member of the facilitators for the Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership (PIL) program-the Executive Development Program for school leaders-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Dr. Wortman received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Duquesne University this past May and was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Dissertation Award from Duquesne University for his work entitled: "The Utility of a Theoretical Framework of a Culture of Leadership."

Dr. Jim Wortman one of the ten children of Ruby and the late Ivan Wortman and lives in St. Marys, PA with his wife Kathy. They are parents to six children (3 girls and 3 boys) and have seven grandchildren.