Letter from Summer Pendro and Bio
Summer Pendro has been a Wilkinsburg employee since 2003. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Elementary Education K-6. She continued her education by obtaining her master’s degree from Point Park University. Ms. Pendro has a master’s in administration, with principal certification K-12 in addition to a master’s in special education Pre-K to 8. She continues to grow as a leader as she is currently working on her doctorate at Point Park University.
Ms. Pendro worked as a classroom teacher at Turner Elementary for her first twelve years in the district. Her next endeavor was as the Early Childhood/ Literacy Coordinator overseeing the district’s Pre-K Counts grant and Kindergarten transition. During her four years in this position, she grew and expanded Pre-K to be able to reach more children in the community. The program is now able to service 68 students. Also, Ms. Pendro created the More to Explore after school initiatives. Both elementary schools now offer a dinner program to all children, 18 years old and younger along with building a partnership with the Neighborhood Learning Alliance to offer 80 students after school programming in their current school.
Ms. Pendro was appointed to her current position as the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Education in August 2019. Her goals are to continue to be a leader that works with principals, coaches and teachers to build capacity within our district to serve the needs of all children to achieve academic success.