Dr. John Uccellini has announced his candidacy for a four-year seat on the Indiana Area School Board.
A resident of Indiana for the past 30 years, he and his wife, Hollie, have three children who all attended elementary, junior and senior high school in the Indiana Area School District. He earned a BS degree in mathematics education and an MS in mathematics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and went on to earn a Doctorate of Education degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
He began his teaching career in New Jersey and after four years was hired as a secondary mathematics teacher with the Indiana Area School District. After 30 years in the classroom, he was hired as the K-12 mathematics curriculum coordinator for the Indiana Area School District, a position that he held until he retired in June of 2012. During his career, he was an adjunct faculty member at IUP and Saint Vincent College. Currently he is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland University College and a consultant for McGraw Hill Education company.
During his teaching career, he was actively involved in K-12 mathematics curriculum at the local, state and national level. While an administrator in the Indiana Area School District, he was instrumental in bringing about advancements in technology through the Classrooms for the Future grant, led the district initiative to develop Indiana’s online educational program, Indiana Digital Educational Academy for Learning, and was responsible for the district’s recent adoption of its Northwest Evaluation Association (research-based) reading and mathematics assessments for elementary students.
Uccellini is also active in the community. Most notably he is the advancement chairman for the Chestnut Ridge District Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and the Assistant Council Advancement Committee chairman for the Laurel Highland BSA. An Eagle Scout himself, he has worked with every Scout who has earned the rank of Eagle in Indiana County for the past 20 years.
He said he is running for school board to help give back and provide community service, lessons he said he learned from Scouting.
“My wife and I have been very blessed to have raised our children in the Indiana Area School District. The opportunities that they had to excel in academics, the arts and athletics helped shape the fine adults that they have grown to become. It took dedicated parents, community members, school board members, administrators and teachers to create the quality school district that we have,” he said in a press release. “It is our heritage and our promise to see that all children in the Indiana Area School District continue to have the same opportunities to have a well-rounded education that my children had.”
He said the future holds many challenges, both academic and financial, for the district. The decisions made by the Indiana school board will have a lasting effect on the continued quality of the total educational program offered to our current and future students, he said.
“My strength as a candidate comes from my broad background in curriculum, testing, technology and negotiations and my experience in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education. Being open and responsive to the district’s many stakeholders is something that I will strive to always do with the understanding that we are a community of concerned parents and citizens. Every decision that I will make as a board member will be based on the best interest of our students.”