Dr. Mark Abbondanza is principal of North Strabane Intermediate School. He has worked in the Canon-McMillan School District as an administrator for the past 16 years. He has served as the principal of NSIS for the past 12 years. Prior to his current administrative position, he served as an assistant principal for three years at Canon-McMillan High School and principal of Canonsburg Middle School for one year.
In addition to serving as a principal, Dr. Abbondanza has been an adjunct professor since 2015 at California University of Pennsylvania. He teaches in the Administrative and Leadership Program in the Secondary Education Department. He also teaches education classes in the undergraduate program in the Secondary Education Department.
Dr. Abbondanza earned a Bachelor of Science degree from California University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Education degree in from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Philosophy of Education Doctorate from Robert Morris University.
To contribute to the field of education, Dr. Abbondanza has published several articles in the Pennsylvania Administrator Journal. He has written on topics such as technology integration in the classroom, collaborative learning, coding with Drones, and digital literacy. He is most proud of his article, Powering Students Up, which was published in the Principal Leadership Journal, National Association of Secondary School Principals.
In 2017, Dr. Abbondanza was awarded the Frank S. Manchester Excellence in Journalism Award by the Pennsylvania Principals Association. Since 2019, he has served as one of nine members on the Pennsylvania Principals Association Editorial Review Board.
During the fall of 2019, he was invited to present at the Pennsylvania Principals Conference on the topic of using Drones with intermediate level students to teach them about coding as an avenue to develop essential soft skills like communication, teamwork, collaboration, and perseverance.
Dr. Abbondanza takes great pride in working with the teachers, staff, and students at North Strabane Intermediate School. He is dedicated to building strong relationships and collaborating with teachers to create a positive school culture for students.