The Bethel Park Board of School Directors approved the appointment of Brett Slezak as the new Director of Technology and David Muench as the new Director of Student Support Services. The school board also promoted Dr. Sarah Shue to the position of Supervisor of Special Education.
Brett Slezak comes to Bethel Park from Allegheny Valley School District where he served first as a Health and Physical Education teacher for grades 7-12 before becoming that school district’s technology integrator. In 2020, the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C), a statewide event that provides quality programs focused on technology in the educational field, named Slezak their Technology Administrator of the Year.
Slezak holds a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh and has spent most of his career finding ways to integrate technology & STEAM learning in unexpected ways. His achievements include co-creating Rachel’s Neighborhood STEAM garden, a cross-curricular learning space that incorporates sustainability across all curriculums. Brett has also piloted a student wellness program that provides FitBits for every freshman and sophomore student to be active both in and out of school. Additionally, Brett taught middle and high school students to prototype wearable technology and build robots in Health and Physical education classes.
Slezak played an active role in the CREATE Lab’s Arts & Bots program and has presented locally and nationally on the use of technology in Health and PE classes, including a 2015 presentation to the National Science Foundation. Additionally, Brett was a Hummingbird Robotics teacher advocate & trainer for the ABC CREATE Satellite Network that services over 15 school districts in the Alle-Kiski Valley. In January 2016, Slezak was selected as a Champions of Learning Award Finalist for technology integration.
David Muench has been with Bethel Park since 1999 in a variety of roles and has consistently demonstrated the qualities of an outstanding leader and has made a positive and lasting impact on the students, staff, parents and community members. His career began at Bethel Park as an emotional support teacher, coach and sponsor. In those capacities, Muench demonstrated excellent teaching skills, innovation, creativity, initiative and connections with students.
Muench was then promoted to Dean of Students at the high school, where he wrote and implemented new attendance policies and connected families to more support services and built strong workplace and community partnerships throughout the district. More recently, he has served in two key leadership positions at the district level. As the Bethel Park High School Assistant Principal, Muench oversaw teacher evaluation and student discipline and he oversaw scheduling. He fostered positive and collaborative relationships with students and their families and supported the teaching staff.
Since 2005, Muench has served as the Independence Middle School principal. During his 15-year reign, IMS developed personal electronic learning devices for every student and redesigned its support structure in Math, English and Reading.
Muench obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Slippery Rock University and his Master’s degree in School Leadership from the University of Pittsburgh. He also earned his Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility from California University of Pennsylvania in 2011. Muench is currently enrolled in that university’s doctoral program, with an intended completion in summer 2022.
Dr. Sarah Shue
Dr. Sarah Shue is the new Supervisor of Special Education. Dr. Shue has been with Bethel Park since 2018, where she has served as the Assistant Director of Special Education with a special focus on supporting the district’s elementary schools.
Prior to Bethel Park, Dr. Shue was a special education teacher in the Canon McMillan School District.
A 2005 graduate of James Madison University, Shue earned a Master of Arts degree in Elementary and Special Education from Chatham University in 2008; and her Doctorate of Education with a focus on Emotional and Behavioral Disorders from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018.
"These are impressive and accomplished educational leaders who bring us valuable experiences and an unyielding commitment to excellence,” said Bethel Park superintendent, Dr. James Walsh. “I feel most fortunate to have them on our Bethel Park team. We look forward to locking arms with them as we pursue our vision to be best in class in all areas."