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September 25, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

PAESSP honors SRU graduate

Gregory Taranto, a 1995 Slippery Rock University exercise science graduate and principal at Canonsburg [Pa.] Middle School, will be presented the 2013 Frank S. Manchester Excellence in Journalism Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals at the PAESSP conference.

The conference is in October at the Penn State Conference Center Hotel in State College.

The award is presented to an individual who has been published in the Pennsylvania Administrator magazine and recognizes authors who demonstrate the commitment to quality informational services to PAESSP members and who reflect the standards established by Manchester during his tenure as executive director of PAESSP.

Taranto has published more than 20 articles and has served as a member of the PAESSP editorial review board since 2012, according to recent Associated Press story.

He has been a school administrator for 10 years, serving as CMS principal for eight and has received several recognitions at CMS, including: finalist for the 2011 Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Outstanding Young Educator Award; winner of the 2012 Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Research and Publication Award for his research on the development of a new teacher induction model; and was named 2012 PAESSP Middle Level Principal of the Year.

He is an adjunct faculty member for California University of Pennsylvania’s Administrator Program for Principals.

He earned his master of science degree from East Stroudsburg University and his master of education degree from California University of Pennsylvania. He earned his doctorate in instructional management and leadership from Robert Morris University.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.