Dr. Johannah Vanatta, Superintendent of Schools
Prior to joining the Chartiers Valley School District Dr. Johannah Vanatta served as an educator in administrative capacities since 2007; as Assistant Superintendent within the McGuffey and the North Hills School District, and as a building level administrator within the North Hills School District. Prior to serving in educational administration she taught middle and high school students in the contents of English and history.
Dr. Vanatta earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from West Virginia University, Masters of Arts in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English also from West Virginia University, and K-12 Principal Certification from California University of Pennsylvania. She earned her Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility from University of Pittsburgh where she also completed her completed doctorate in education. Dr. Vanatta’s dissertation is entitled “Going from Good to Great, A Study of Teacher Induction Programs.”
During her tenure as Assistant Superintendent for North Hills School District she re-envisioned the secondary schools creating true middle school and high school model from a junior and senior high school model. Dr. Vanatta was an integral component to the re-envisioning of the middle school building and high school library, transforming both buildings with state-of-the-art technology infrastructure, STEAM centers, fitness areas, and collaborative spaces. She instituted researched based curriculum and teaching methods in Reading and Math and a Project Based Learning within middle school trimester courses.
Under Dr. Vanatta’s leadership, North Hills School District was able to emerge and has received recognition for their educational programs. In 2017, The Pittsburgh Business Times ranked North Hills School District #13 out of 105 western Pennsylvania school districts and #38 out of all Pennsylvania districts according the Niche 2018 Best Schools rankings. North Hills School District also has been named a "Best Community for Music Education” by the nationally-recognized NAMM Foundation in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
The high school has been awarded an Excellence by Design accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools. The noted commission also named North Hills High School's music department a Program of Distinction; one of only six music programs in the nation to be honored with this notable accolade.
In 2015 the North Hills Middle School was named a “School to Watch.” Approximately 380 schools out of more than 11,700 middle schools nationwide hold the designation, and North Hills is one of only 35 schools in Pennsylvania to be recognized in the noted program. In this year’s Pennsylvania School Performance Profile, North Hills Middle School made a 15-point gain in its score making it one of the highest-achieving middle schools in Allegheny County.
Most recently the Middle school recently was honored by Apple with the Apple Distinguished Schools accreditation. “Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of leadership and educational excellence that demonstrate Apple’s vision for learning with technology—and we believe they are some of the most innovative schools in the world. “
Dr. Vanatta sits on a variety of post-secondary advisory boards, such as LaRoche College, Chatham University’s Board for Sustainability, serves as an adjunct professor in various capacities, and presents at various professional conferences.
Dr. Vanatta maintains her professional affiliation with several organizations that include the American Middle Level Educators Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the Pennsylvania Association Secondary Schools.