Deidra Stepko



  • 2015-2018

    Point Park University • Pittsburgh, PA

    Ed.D. Leadership and Administration
    Dissertation – Teacher and Parent/Guardian Perspectives on Retention

  • 2010-2011

    California University of Pennsylvania • California, PA

    M.Ed. Early Childhood Education
    4.0 GPA

  • 2003-2007

    California University of Pennsylvania • California, PA

    B.S. Elementary Education
    4.0 GPA


  • 2018-present

    Marion Elementary School

    Belle Vernon, PA

    Acting Principal

    • Plan and direct the overall activities for elementary school with approximately 660 students and 65 faculty members and staff
    • Monitor daily operations and ensure compliance with state and federal regulations and district policies
    • Utilize local and state assessment data to establish building level goals
    • Organize meaningful professional development opportunities on classroom management, positive behavior supports, curriculum, and instruction
    • Create building-wide master schedules
    • Manage disciplinary issues and develop improvement plans
    • Maintain an environment that promotes open communication with colleagues, students, families, and the community
    • Conduct teacher observations, supervisions, and evaluations with the goal of improving classroom management, instruction, and assessment in conjunction with research-based best practices and state learning regulations
    • Effectively manage budget and finances
    • Examine school culture and climate, and implement practices to improve the social and emotional well-being of students and staff
  • 2016

    California University of Pennsylvania

    Presenter – Professional Development Seminars

    • Developed professional development session on the research-based educational practices of increasing student focus and achievement through movement in the classroom
    • Utilized educational technology to boost student interest and engagement
    • Facilitated learning experiences for two Pre-K Instructional Strategies courses
    • Gained experience in teaching diverse student populations
  • 2011-2018

    Marion Elementary School

    Belle Vernon, PA

    Teacher - First Grade

    • Maintained regular correspondence with administrators, colleagues, students, and parents through the development of professional learning communities
    • Analyzed data to assess student learning, guide long-term goals, and adjust daily strategies
    • Utilized technology to support instruction and to help students succeed in a global and interconnected society
    • Lead member of district inclusion committee, analyzing data and state recommendations to create strategy recommendations for teaching students with diverse academic, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds, including students with disabilities
    • Generated curriculum pacing guides and aligned curriculum to core standards
    • Facilitated professional development courses for the Consortium for Public Education’s Mon Valley Journey to Learn events, Belle Vernon Area School District math department, and Marion Elementary teacher technology trainings
    • Performed as a certified Safety-Care Behavioral Safety Specialist on Crisis Response Team
    • Collaborated with administration and parent organizations to develop community-wide programs
  • 2011-2017

    Sunshine Kids, Inc

    Finleyville and McMurray, PA

    Teacher – Young Toddler to Pre-K

    • Implemented developmentally appropriate learning opportunities in a safe, child-centered learning environment
    • Assisted in meeting performance standards for Keystone STARS rating
  • 2007-2011

    Marion Elementary School

    Belle Vernon, PA

    Teacher - Third Grade

    • Designed and facilitated lessons following state and national standards to enhance information literacy skills across the curriculum
    • Implemented effective teaching strategies to enhance learning of students with diverse ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds
    • Maintained positive and productive relationships with students and parents
    • Exceeded No Child Left Behind proficiency requirements each school year
    • Served as certified team member of the Elementary Student Assistance Program
    • Collaborated with colleagues to design and implement new science curriculum

In the news..

Marion Students Express Thanks to Area Veterans
Around two dozen veterans who either live in the Mon Valley or have children, grandchildren or family friends who attended Marion Elementary...
Marion Students Learn Technology Can Be Fun
Marion Elementary School celebrated hands-on learning Monday, with its first CHIP-IT event for students and their families. CHIP-IT stands for...
Herald-Standard Excellent Educator: Deidra Stepko, Belle Vernon
Deidra Stepko epitomizes lifelong learning. Ever-ready for the next challenge, the Marion Elementary School teacher is pursuing a doctorate...
Belle Vernon instructor's adventure aids chairty to protect against drug, alcohol additions
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Belle Vernon Area Middle kids aid first-grade Writing Buddies
In anticipation of their school's Veteran's Day program, first-graders at Marion Elementary School spent a morning penning paragraphs expressing...
Marion Elementary honors veterans
As veterans walked through Marion Elementary on their way to the gymnasium for a Veterans Day assembly, they were greeted by students...


Experience in communication and presentation

Strong planning, analysis, and implementation skills

Exceptionally organized and disciplined

Posess well-developed interpersonal skills

Ability to movitvate, lead, and direct others

Capable of utilizing current technology to enhance learning

Expertise in designing and delivering instruction, and evaluating performance

Proven ability to work with individuals of all ages and diverse cultures

Honors and Accomplishments

  • Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist, 2018
  • Herald-Standard Excellent Educator, 2017
  • California University of PA Professional Development Series Speaker, 2016-2018 (Topics: Movement in the Classroom, Practical Applications of Differentiated Instruction)
  • Guest lecturer for California University Pre-K Instructional Strategies course, 2016
  • Elementary Education Memorial Award, 2007


To create a culture in which people embrace and celebrate each other’s individuality, support and encourage one another to reach their full potential, and become empowered to make unique, positive contributions to the world.


  • South Park, PA
  • (412) 212 8129

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