Dr. Bart Rocco has been superintendent of the Elizabeth Forward School District for three years. Previous to this, he was assistant superintendent for two and a half years for the West Mifflin Area School District, assistant principal and principal for fourteen years (mostly) at Thomas Jefferson High School, and began his career with ten years as a teacher of English and Journalism at South Park High School.
Bart was raised in the Monongahela Valley before pursuing his undergraduate degree in Education and Communication and master’s degree in education at Duquesne University. He continued his education at California University of Pennsylvania, where he received his principal’s letter, and then at the University of Pittsburgh for a doctorate degree in the Educational Leadership Department.
As superintendent, Bart’s goals are to take a small district with limited resources and “make sure that all children have an opportunity to learn and grow in a safe, caring student-centered environment.” While he enjoys developing programs alongside teachers and other administrators, he still revels in children’s excitement about learning, especially when he has the time to visit classes and teach writing activities. He says, “The students are the best,” a belief that informs his work with the District in “providing amazing educational activities for students that will prepare them for the future.”