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PASA Names Dr. Michele M. Balliet Next Director of Professional Development

The Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators is excited to announce the hire of Dr. Michele M. Balliet to fill the role of Director of Professional Development. She will succeed Dr. Sherri Smith who will transition to the role of Executive Director on Oct. 1.
Dr. Balliet is a proven leader with nearly 20 years of experience in school administration. She currently serves as the superintendent of Elizabethtown Area School District—a role she held since 2011 when she became the district’s seventh superintendent. She was promoted from the Assistant Superintendent position in the district.
“I am thrilled to know that Dr. Michele Balliet will be leading the professional development work at PASA,” incoming executive director (effective Oct. 1) Dr. Sherri Smith said. “Not only does Dr. Balliet bring 32 years of experience in public education, eleven of those years as a Superintendent, but she has also held many positions specifically leading curriculum and professional development programs and services.  Her knowledge, skills, and passion for education will be a true asset to PASA and our school leaders across the Commonwealth.”
Balliet guided her district of 3,900 students and 500 staff members through the COVID-19 pandemic and other crises with care, compassion, and a steady focus on student needs, fostering an environment that inspires a passion for learning and continual growth, personal integrity, the pursuit of educational excellence and social responsibility. She’s also led the district through numerous construction and renovation projects including the launch of Bear Creek Elementary School and renovations to Elizabethtown Area Middle School and the East High Street and Bainbridge elementary schools.
Prior to her role in administration, Balliet served as the assistant to the superintendent for curriculum and instruction for Lower Dauphin School District, a Curriculum Specialist at the Capital Area Intermediate Unit, an educational consultant on curriculum, and a Program Director at PA Partnership for Economic Education.
“I am thrilled to be joining the PASA team as your next Director of Professional Development,” Dr. Michele M. Balliet said. “I look forward to this opportunity to walk alongside educational leaders across the Commonwealth, supporting them and their professional growth as they navigate the complexities of public education.”
Click here to view her full resume.

PASA is the membership organization of Pennsylvania's chief school administrators, central office administrations, and other administrative professionals, with over 900 members, including school district superintendents, intermediate unit executive directors, and charter school chief administrative officers. PASA supports and serves successful school leadership through advocacy, professional development, support, sustainment of high-quality school administrators, and a state-wide collegial network.