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With great excitement, I welcome you to a new era here in the Penn Hills School District as we enter the second half of the 2023-24 school year. It is a pleasure to address you for the first time at PHSD as Superintendent. Serving your storied community in this capacity is an extreme honor. A hallmark of this rich community is connection. As allies in education embarking on a journey in excellence, we will see the District's future full of scholars as thinkers, doers, and leaders prepared for the challenges ahead.

Passion has been the cornerstone of my 22 years in public education. I have served varied roles throughout my tenure from special education teacher, to central office administrator overseeing pupil and special services. I will use these skills in conjunction with the great things already happening at Penn Hills to increase achievement and scholar outcomes. 

The promise of a new beginning has a foundation in dedication. In our resolve to the mission and vision, we will amplify student-centered learning, promote a culture of respect, and develop responsibility and resilience among our scholars. PHSD will hold all parties to the highest of expectations as we know the boundless capabilities the Penn Hills staff and students possess. As a community, we commit to authentic achievement through determined accountability.

Proudly, diversity is the hallmark of our community. At the Penn Hills School District, we embrace inclusion, and celebrate our students' uniqueness. In recognizing that each scholar has a varied path to success, we provide enhanced programs tailored to individual goals and personal outcomes. Assuring equity in our K-12 programs of study aligns with meaningful pathways to purpose. Attainment for all of our Indians is curated through intentional, equitable education. The Penn Hills School District strives to promote Excellence for Every Scholar, Everyday!


Dr. John P. Mozzocio

Recent News

Penn Hills School District Exits Financial Recovery Status

We are thrilled to announce that the Penn Hills School District has officially exited Financial Recovery status. This monumental achievement was announced on May 23, 2024, by Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Education, Dr. Khalid Mumin, at Penn Hills Middle School.

8th Grade Move Up Event Livestream

What an Evening! Linton's second annual 8th Grade Move Up Night was a great success. We had 118 families attend, making it a memorable event with over 400 attendees. Thank you to everyone who helped make it such a success. Attached is the live stream video of the event. Also, thank you to all the families who sent pictures of our students.

Penn Hills is Hiring!

The Penn Hills School District is excited to announce several open positions and is looking for talented individuals to join our team! 

Summer School Credit Recovery

School counselors will be sending failure letters to families of students who require credit recovery or summer school courses at the end of the school year. These letters will specify the courses needed. It's important for parents and students to carefully read all the directions provided in the credit recovery brochure and the FAQs page to understand the process thoroughly.

Upcoming Events


John Mozzocio


Colleen Szymansky

Superintendent Secretary