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Board Approves New Student Services Director

Stephanie Beaver Student Services DirectorOn Monday, March 25, 2024, the State College Area School District Board of Directors approved Stephanie Beaver to be the district’s next director of student services.


She succeeds Jeanne Knouse, who is retiring in June with 17 years in the district. 


Beaver joins SCASD from the Lewisburg Area School District, where she has been the director of special education and student support services since 2022. During her 20-year career, she also has been the director of pupil services and athletics at LASD and, in Greenville, SC, an assistant principal of student services, virtual learning academy coordinator, and school counselor at both the middle and high school levels. Her work experience includes being a child life specialist in hospitals.


She is slated to start at SCASD in late May.


“I am excited to join the State College Area School District, and a community that values education and is committed to the success of their students,” Beaver said. “I look forward to working with the leadership team to continue to support student growth and provide opportunities for students that lead to lifelong success.”


A Mifflinburg High School graduate and former student-athlete, Beaver holds a Bachelor of Science in child development from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s Degree in school counseling from Clemson University, and an Education Specialist degree in school leadership from Furman University. At present, she is completing her doctorate in educational leadership at Immaculata University. 


Among her credentials, she holds Pennsylvania principal and elementary educational specialist certifications, and she belongs to the Pennsylvania Association of Pupil Services Administrators.


“I’m pleased to welcome Stephanie to the State College Area School District community and our administrative team,” SCASD Superintendent Curtis Johnson said. “She brings a demonstrated commitment toward helping students grow and succeed, and our schools will surely benefit from her expertise. We look forward to working with her as we strive to meet the diverse needs of our students.”

By Chris Rosenblum

Photo by Nabil K. Mark

Published March 25, 2024