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PMSD Makes Adminstrative Staff Moves Ahead of 2020-21 School Year

Michael Jones,moved from PMSD East to West High School Principal for 2020-2021.

SWIFTWATER - In the midst of the work to plan what the new school year would look like during a pandemic, the Pocono Mountain School District also made some significant changes to its administrative staff.

Last month, the Board took action on a number of appointments and promotions. West High School principal, Dr. Mark Wade, was promoted to Assistant Superintendent for Special Education. To replace him at West, the Board moved Michael Jones from his spot as principal at East to the same position at West High School.

Taking over for Jones as principal at East will be Swiftwater Elementary principal, Tamala Toleno. Amy Haynes, was appointed as a co-principal of Swiftwater Elementary Center, where she will be responsible for Grades K to 2. Haynes was an assistant principal at Clear Run Intermediate School.

Dr. Wade joined the Pocono Mountain School District in 2008 as an Assistant Principal at the East High School, where he served for almost five years. In September, 2012, Dr. Wade was named the Supervisor of Special Education for the district. He held that role for three years before taking over as principal at West five years ago.

He received his doctoral degree in Human Development and Education Administration from Marywood University. He earned his Master of Science degree in Instructional Technology from New York Institute of Technology and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business from Stony Brook University in NY.

Early in his 26-year career in education, Dr. Wade taught high school science for eight years at Riker’s Island Educational Facility in NY. He then began his administrative career as an assistant principal at New School for Arts and Sciences in the Bronx, NY. He served in that capacity for four years, and then he became one of two administrators who launched the West Bronx Academy for the Future, a high tech specialized school, serving students from grades 6 through 12.

Dr. Wade has lived in the Pocono Mountain School District for 21 years with his wife and two children.

Jones served the last two years as the principal at East, prior to which he was an assistant principal at Clear Run Intermediate School.

Toleno takes over at East High School in her 35th year in education. She joined the Pocono Mountain School District in 2005 as an elementary principal at SEC. In 2012, she was named assistant principal at East High School, a position she held for three years, until returning as principal to SEC for five years before her latest move to East.

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