Dr. Hyland took over the Superintendency of the Plum Borough School District in March of 2018. He is extremely excited to bring his 28 years of experience and leadership in the highest performing school districts in the state to the Plum Borough School District. Dr. Hyland is highly motivated to build a team of committed and caring professionals interested in continuing to make our schools a home away from home for our students and staff, and one where ALL are EXCEPTIONALLY PREPARED FOR SUCCESS!
Dr. Hyland, with his wife Tricia, is a parent of three children Alyssa, Allie and A.J. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1991 with a B.A. in Education with an emphasis on Political Science. Immediately after receiving his degree, Dr. Hyland accepted a job as the 7th grade Social Studies teacher at Page Middle School in the Gloucester County School District located in southeastern Virginia. From 1991-1993, Dr. Hyland taught United States History, served as a team leader of an interdisciplinary team and also coached basketball.
In the fall of 1993, Dr. Hyland accepted a position with the Mt. Lebanon School District where he went on to teach World History, Civics and Political Science and American Government over the next ten years. He also served as an assistant girl’s varsity basketball coach and a 9th-grade head and assistant football coach. During several successful years as a classroom teacher, Dr. Hyland furthered his educational pursuits and earned a Master’s Degree and Principal’s Certification in Administration and Policy Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.
He was subsequently promoted to the role of Assistant Principal at Mt. Lebanon High School in 2001 and graduated from the Principals’ Academy and the Advanced Leadership Academy also at the University of Pittsburgh. As an administrator in the Mt. Lebanon School District, Dr. Hyland was a leader in several district-wide initiatives. Dr. Hyland was instrumental in leading the development and deployment of a differentiated evaluation system for teachers, coordinated a comprehensive Middle States review, served as an internal examiner for Keystone Association for Performance Excellence, served on a Baldrige Assessment Team, and developed an innovative online platform for PSSA remediation.
In 2007, Dr. Hyland was hired in the North Allegheny School District where he assumed the role of head building principal of North Allegheny Intermediate High School. The building took several positive steps under his leadership. His school ranked number one in the Pittsburgh Business Times from 2015-2017 and consistently ranked amongst the top performing high schools in the region on the state Keystone Exams and the School Performance Profile. He helped propel his school to become a leader in embedding technology into classroom pedagogical strategies to help prepare learners for the 21st Century. He lead in the development of the District’s Focus 2020 initiative that included the development of a blended learning vision and the conceptual understandings of implementation of that vision. During his time at North Allegheny, he was asked to be on the District’s Business Roundtable, lead the Act 93 Team, oversaw millions of dollars of construction projects and became a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigations Citizens Academy. Lastly, he completed a Doctoral Program in Administration and Leadership Studies and Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2014. His doctoral dissertation focused on High School Principals’ Perceptions of Cyberbullying.
Dr. Hyland’s team has set six strategic goals in an effort to exceptionally prepare our students for success. These goals are to keep our schools safe; increase levels of student achievement and academic rigor; maximize fiscal responsibility; satisfy our customers and community; cultivate a first-rate workforce, and measure against the best. By relentlessly pursuing and being committed to attaining these goals through a student-centered approach where all those associated with the District are accountable, process driven and focused on continuous improvement, he feels confident the District will ascend to even greater heights. He fully intends to embrace a, “be the best in all we do” mantra to help motivate the employees in the District to attain that same goal.
Plum is poised for new heights and accomplishments that are truly representative of this wonderful community.