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Three New State High Administrators


State High has a new look at the top.


On Sept. 13, the State College Area School District Board of Directors approved the filling of three administrative positions. Brett Wilson shifted from being an assistant principal to the associate principal role, second to Principal Laura Tobias. Teachers Danielle Ambrosia and Jacqueline Saylor will replace Tobias, who had been an assistant principal, and Wilson, respectively.


Wilson holds a social studies education degree and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Penn State, as well as a Doctorate of Education from Point Park University.


“Brett has been a part of the State College Area School District for the last 15 years,” Tobias wrote in a letter to high school families. “He started his career as a social studies teacher and then quickly moved from a dean to an assistant principal. During his time with the district, he has demonstrated outstanding leadership while overseeing school safety and meeting the needs of our students and faculty. 


Ambrosia has been State High English teacher since 2010. At Penn State, she earned an undergraduate degree in secondary English education and a master’s degree in reading curriculum and instruction. Currently, she is pursuing a Doctorate in Education at Drexel University. 


Saylor holds a Penn State degree in secondary social studies education and is pursuing a master’s degree in educational leadership at the university. She has taught social studies at the high school since 1998, serving as the district social studies department coordinator for the past six years.


“As veteran teachers within the high school, they bring a wealth of knowledge about our school system consisting of strong instructional practices and commitment to our district,” Tobias wrote to families, noting later about all three administrators: “I’m confident they are the best candidates to help us, in their new roles, continue our mission of preparing students for lifelong success.”



SaylorBy Chris Rosenblum

Photos by Nabil K. Mark