"After a rigorous national search that resulted in many outstanding candidates, Missy McTiernan clearly rose to the top, impressing the Board with her drive, pragmatic leadership style, and commitment to ensuring equitable opportunities were available for every student in her district."
President of the Phoenixville Area Board of Directors
The Board of Directors for the Phoenixville Area School District (PASD) has selected Mrs. Melissa “Missy” McTiernan to serve as the next Superintendent of Schools. McTiernan will serve more than 4,000 students at six schools in the Pennsylvania district.
Mrs. McTiernan has served as Superintendent of Scranton School District since 2019 where she also previously served as Chief Academic Officer for three years. Phoenixville’s new leader also has more than a decade of successful building level administrative experience as both principal and assistant principal. Missy McTiernan began her career in education as a classroom teacher after a successful tenure on UConn’s Women’s Basketball team where she served as a tri-captain of the undefeated 35-0 1994-95 NCAA Division I Women’s National Championship team.
“After a rigorous national search that resulted in many outstanding candidates, Missy McTiernan clearly rose to the top, impressing the Board with her drive, pragmatic leadership style, and commitment to ensuring equitable opportunities were available for every student in her district,” said Susan Turner, President of the Phoenixville Area Board of Directors. The Phoenixville Area Board of Directors hired Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA) to facilitate the District’s superintendent search. HYA’s Vice President, Dr. Bill Adams, Senior Associate Stacey Adams and Associate Caryn Shaw collaborated with the Board of Directors to develop a leadership profile to capture the characteristics and qualifications needed to take the district and the services to students to the next level in what is expected to be a tremendous growth period for the community served by the PASD.
In a letter to the Phoenixville School District Community, McTiernan expressed her commitment to education and serving students. McTiernan looks forward to actively engaging in the school community and interactions within the community as she transitions to serve as Phoenixville’s next school leader. McTiernan closed her letter stating, “This new journey fills me with great excitement, and I am confident that, together, we will achieve remarkable things.”