Deidra Stepko



  • 2015-Present

    Point Park University • Pittsburgh, PA

    Ed.D. Leadership and Administration
    Current student in Cohort III – anticipated completion 2018

  • 2010-2011

    California University of Pennsylvania • California, PA

    M.Ed. Early Childhood Education
    4.0 GPA

  • 2003-2007

    California University of Pennsylvania • California, PA

    B.S. Elementary Education
    4.0 GPA


  • 2016

    California University of Pennsylvania

    Presenter – Professional Development Seminars

    • Developed professional development session on the research-based educational practices of increasing student focus and achievement through movement in the classroom
    • Utilized educational technology to boost student interest and engagement
    • Facilitated learning experiences for two Pre-K Instructional Strategies courses
    • Gained experience in teaching diverse student populations
  • 2011-present

    Marion Elementary School

    Belle Vernon, PA

    Teacher - First Grade

    • Maintain regular correspondence with administrators, colleagues, students, and parents through the development of professional learning communities
    • Actively use research-based data to assess student learning, guide long-term goals, and adjust daily strategies
    • Utilize technology to support instruction and to help students succeed in a global and interconnected society
    • Lead member of district inclusion committee, analyzing data and state recommendations to create strategy recommendations for teaching students with diverse academic, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds, including students with disabilities
    • Generated pacing guide and aligned mathematics curriculum to core standards
    • Developed and implemented school-wide action plan for increasing student achievement in mathematics through critical thinking and problem solving
    • Facilitated professional development courses for the Consortium for Public Education’s Mon Valley Journey to Learn events, Belle Vernon Area School District math department, and Marion Elementary School teacher technology training sessions
    • Performed as a certified Safety-Care Behavioral Safety Specialist on Crisis Response Team
    • Collaborated with administration and parent organizations to develop community-wide programs
    • Mentored several student teachers while organizing schedules, guiding instructional planning, counseling, and providing constructive performance evaluations
  • 2007-2011

    Marion Elementary School

    Belle Vernon, PA

    Teacher - Third Grade

    • Designed and facilitated lessons following state and national standards to enhance information literacy skills across the curriculum
    • Implemented effective teaching strategies to enhance learning of students with diverse ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds
    • Maintained positive and productive relationships with students and parents
    • Exceeded No Child Left Behind proficiency requirements each school year
    • Served as certified team member of the Elementary Student Assistance Program
    • Collaborated with colleagues to design and implement new science curriculum

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Experience in communication and presentation

Strong planning, analysis, and implementation skills

Exceptionally organized and disciplined

Posess well-developed interpersonal skills

Ability to movitvate, lead, and direct others

Capable of utilizing current technology to enhance learning

Expertise in designing and delivering instruction, and evaluating performance

Proven ability to work with individuals of all ages and diverse cultures

Educational Technology Competencies

  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Blackboard
  • School Wires
  • eSchools
  • Edline
  • Prezi
  • Active Inspire
  • Mac OS
  • Windows
  • Elmo Document Projector
  • Promethean Smart Board
  • Digital projectors
  • ActiVote Student Response System


To create a culture in which people embrace and celebrate each other’s individuality, support and encourage one another to reach their full potential, and become empowered to make unique, positive contributions to the world.


  • South Park, PA
  • (412) 212 8129

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