Roger Weaver Freed
Principal, Jackson Primary School, Williamsport Area School District, Williamsport, PA
Statement of Research Interest/Problem of Practice:
Roger's areas of interest and problem of practice focus around transition of secondary special education students into post-secondary endeavors. In addition, Mr. Freed is interested in how this impacts students of various racial/ethnic backgrounds.
Roger Freed, M.Ed. studied secondary mathematics education at Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education with a minor in Special Education. He completed his Master's in Educational Leadership at California University of Pennsylvania. He is certified as a Secondary Mathematics Teacher and K-12 Principal in Pennsylvania. Roger served as a teacher leader at Williamsport High School with a focus on formative assessments, curriculum development, and school wide positive behavior supports. These efforts led to double digit yearly academic growth from students and a reduction in serious behavioral incidents during his tenure.
After four years as a teacher, Mr. Freed was hired as the district's Secondary Special Education Supervisor. In this role, Mr. Freed worked collaboratively with special education and regular education staff as well as administration and families to deliver high quality instruction and interventions to over 400 special education students.
Most recently, Mr. Freed was hired as an Assistant Principal at Jackson Primary School, one of three primary schools in the Williamsport School District. His leadership focus will be curriculum development, school wide positive behavior implementation and building a positive school culture.
Mentored by:Brandon Pardoe, M.Ed.
Head Principal of the Williamsport Area High School, Williamsport Area School District
Brandon Pardoe, M.Ed. studied elementary education at Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA, where he received his Bachelor of Science of Elementary Education. He completed his Master's in Educational Leadership at Bucknell University. He is certified as an elementary teacher and K-12 principal in Pennsylvania. Brandon has been a building level principal at all three levels in public education, elementary school, middle school, and currently high school.
He has a total of twenty-five years of experience as an educational leader in four different school districts. During his tenure he has specialized in Implementation of professional development opportunities for all staff, instructional leadership, scheduling, budget, communication, emergency procedures, school climate and culture, curriculum / instructional assessments, selection of nonprofessional and professional personnel for employment, personnel observations / evaluations, implementation of a differentiated supervision model, public relations, curriculum development and implementation, promotion of school district procedures and policies.
Brandon is currently a doctoral student at Immaculata University. He is completing a study for his dissertation entitled, Superintendent Perceptions of Effective School Leadership and its Impact on School Culture at the High School Level. His anticipated date of graduation is March, 2018.