Shaun Tomaszewski has been hired by the Baldwin-Whitehall Board of School Directors to become Baldwin High School's new principal for the 2019–2020 school year. Tomaszewski will fill the role of retiring principal, Dr. Walter Graves.
Tomaszewski brings a robust and diverse background in education. He currently is the director of curriculum and assessment at Northgate School District. Prior to that he taught science and chaired the science department at Mount Lebanon, and served as the K-12 STEAM coordinator for Pittsburgh Public Schools. Tomaszewski also teaches at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is working on his Ph.D.
Superintendent Dr. Randal Lutz said he was looking for clear communication, visibility, relatability to students, and active management as qualities in an applicant for the principal job, and Tomaszewski met those standards. "He was not the typical candidate. He has experience at all levels, in both city and suburban areas," Lutz said. "What I saw in him was his ability to be adaptable, to really respect and embrace the faculty as the true experts they are, and the work they do." Lutz and Tomaszewski are excited to work together and move forward into a new chapter of Baldwin High School history.
Tomaszewski notes that his educational philosophy is that learning happens best when it is project-based, culturally responsive, and cross-curricular. He shares, "I think project-based learning comes alive when the assessments are authentic. I like to get kids out into the community and pull the community into the school, instead of just traditional testing."
Tomaszewski has high hopes for the time he will spend at Baldwin in the years to come. "I am really looking forward to getting to know the kids and the faculty. I think the next few years are going to be exciting and together we're going to be able to reimagine what high school looks like," Tomaszewski said.
Baldwin High School Welcomes New Principal