Dr. Ashlea Rineer-Hershey

Dr. Ashlea Rineer-Hershey
Director of Special Education
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Building/Department Assignments:
Plum Borough School District - Superintendent's Cabinet
Plum Borough School District - Special Education

Phone Numbers
412 795-4880 x 6368 [Office]

Biographical Information:

Dr. Rineer-Hershey has 15 years of experience working in public schools and state universities in Pennsylvania. Her career began in Lancaster, PA as a special education teacher working with students with learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, and Autism. After leaving the K-12 classroom as a teacher, she has worked in districts across the state as a consultant with the Technical Training and Assistance Network for the Pennsylvania Department of Education (a division of PDE) as well as the Keystone Educational Consulting group.  In these roles, Dr. Rineer-Hershey worked with and trained paraprofessionals, teachers, and administrators from more than 25 districts on topics related to the state initiative's on Inclusive Practices, MTSS and Autism. She has also spent the past 9 years teaching students at the undergraduate and graduate level in teacher education programs at California University of PA, Waynesburg University and Slippery Rock University.


Dr. Rineer-Hershey serves on the state board for the Pennsylvania Council for Exceptional Children (PA-CEC) and has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as writing one textbook for Cognella Publishing on special education topics. Dr. Rineer-Hershey has worked to provide, support, and expand educational programs for all students at PBSD that meet their unique needs since August 2016.

Ph.D., Educational Leadership & Instructional Management – Robert Morris Univeristy
M.E., Special Education – Mennonite University
Teaching Certification, ESL – Mennonite University
B.S., Special and elementary education – Millersville University

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