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MISSION: To lead an educational partnership with the Community, maintaining an environment that challenges all students to reach their potential as lifelong learners and responsible members of society.

Principal's Message

A Message from the Principal
Principal Racquel Sutton
Dear Bethel Park Community,
It is with great excitement that I introduce myself as the new Independence Middle School Principal. I am honored to be a part of a district with such a great reputation for academic excellence. In my short time meeting members of the community and staff, it is apparent that IMS is going to be a wonderful place to lead. 
I bring over twenty years of secondary education experience to Bethel Park. In my time as a teacher and administrator, I have led with the belief that through strong partnerships, we are able to overcome obstacles and create pathways for students to succeed. In moving forward, it will be my priority to strengthen and develop these partnerships to enact change to best meet the needs of our students.
As 2022 continues to unfold, we are acutely aware that challenges lie ahead of us at every turn. With those challenges, we embrace change and growth as individuals and as a community. I am confident that we will work together to develop strategies to move Independence Middle School forward. I am excited for the opportunity to meet with staff, students, and all stakeholders to learn about how I can help our students be best prepared for the future. 
“Knowledge will bring you the opportunity to make a difference.”
-Claire Fagin

Mrs. Racquel Sutton 
Principal, Independence Middle School