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Ed.D. Student is Director of Innovation for Montour School District

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Pictured is Justin Aglio, Point Park Ed.D. student and director of innovation for Montour School District. | Photo by Chris Rolinson

Meet Justin Aglio

Job title: Director of Innovation
Employer: Montour School District
Degree pursuing
: Ed.D. in Leadership and Administration with a concentration in Professional Leadership
Expected graduation: May 2017
Degrees earned: Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility, California University of Pennsylvania, 2011; M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, McDaniel College, 2011; and B.A. in Elementary Education and Teaching, 2001, Waynesburg University
Hometown: West Newton, Pa.
High school: Yough Senior High School
Now living in: North Strabane, Pa.
Awards and honors: 2015 Presidential Making and Education Roundtable Workshop with K-12 School Leaders at the White House in Washington, D.C.; 2014 Outstanding Leader of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology; and 2013 Emerging Leader of the International Society for Technology in Education
Hobbies/interests: Spending time with my family, cooking and enjoying life
Twitter: @JustinAglio
LinkedIn: Justin Aglio 

"The classes are always thought provoking and never boring. I often leave class with ideas I can implement in my school district the very next day." 

-- Justin Aglio



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What attracted you to Point Park’s Ed.D. in leadership and administration program?

I was attracted to Point Park University’s Ed.D. degree in leadership and administration because of the balance it provided as a comprehensive, yet academically rigorous program, designed for working professionals. Having a full-time job and a family (three children under the age of eight) is demanding, but the Ed.D. program provides the flexibility needed to maintain a balanced life.

As director of innovation for Montour School District, how have your Ed.D. classes helped you so far?

Point Park University classes have helped me question and challenge my thinking by exposing me to top-notch professors and fellow classmates who are experts in their respected fields. The classes are always thought provoking and never boring.  I often leave class with ideas I can implement in my school district the very next day.  

What advice do you have for education professionals pursuing career growth?

I believe that professionals in the field of education must never stop learning. As we move further into the 21st century, lifelong learning will continue to be the number one skill that we model and our students must embrace.   

What are your career goals?

My career goals are based upon the philosophy that we must put children first and be open minded, flexible and always current. My career goals include making my district a model and a leader in 21st century learning; this must be coupled with a willingness to share our model locally, regionally and even nationally.

Entering Point Park’s Ed.D. program was the perfect match for my career goals. I am confident that the faculty and staff at Point Park University will help all the students reach their goals. These professionals are the backbone of a program that supports students personally and professionally.

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