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Daniel Clara

Director of Federal Programs K-12, Elementary Principal

Statement of Research Interest /Problem of Practice:
Daniel's research interest focus is on the impact of summer reading programming on literacy for rural, economically disadvantaged elementary students.

Daniel A. Clara is the Director of Federal Programs K-12 and an elementary principal for the Southmoreland School District. He has been with the district for ten years and has been a part of the district's transformation into a Professional Learning Community. Dan works with principals to support students and teachers as part of the district's collaborative structure. He is also currently the principal of the  K-1 Primary Center and grades 2-4 of the Elementary School, where the district's mission of "High Quality Learning for All" truly begins.

In his tenure at Southmoreland,  Dan has been a key member of the leadership core that changed a district that housed five schools working independently and producing low results into a district that is recognized nationally as a model for professional development and student achievement.

Dan presented at the NASSP Conference in Dallas (2014) and has published articles on teacher leadership as well as improving reading instruction at the primary level. In both 2015 and 2016, Southmoreland Primary Center was a National DuFour School nominee. Southmoreland Elementary School was named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School. Additionally, Dan has presented at the state Title I conference and Pennsylvania Principal Association conference. Southmoreland School District has been recognized by the Pittsburgh Business Times as the most overachieving school district in our region and the fourth most overachieving in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Dan is married to Ginny Clara, and they have three children--Nick, Olivia and Rocco.

Mentored by: Dr. Timothy Scott
Superintendent of the Kiski Area School District

Dr. Scott began his career teaching high school social studies in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. He has been an administrator for almost twenty years, serving as middle and high school assistant principal, middle school and elementary principal, and curriculum and federal programs director. From 2011-2015, Dr. Scott was assistant superintendent with Southmoreland School District.

Dr. Scott earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Robert Morris University, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University, a Master of Arts in Teaching and Doctor of Education from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Scott is a proud veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Caisson Platoon of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment. The primary mission of the "Old Guard" is to perform full honors funerals in Arlington National Cemetery.