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Dr. Sue Mariani
Dr. Sue Mariani is a dynamic, self-motivated educator with more than 23 years of experience in public education who always puts the needs of her students first. Since 2018, she has served as superintendent of schools at the Duquesne City School District. Prior to her service at Duquesne City, , Dr. Mariani was an elementary teacher for 10 years and a preschool program specialist for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, where she monitored preschools in a variety of settings. Dr. Mariani served as an assistant principal at the Steelton-Highspire School District, and later served the School District of the City of York in many capacities including assistant principal, principal, McKinney-Vento liaison and foster care point of contact. In addition to these duties, Dr. Mariani served as the district’s federal programs coordinator and was responsible for the equitable disbursement of more than $5 million in federal funds.
Dr. Mariani is a school turnaround leader who has been able to change the trajectory of Duquesne City School District since becoming the superintendent. She has been able to provide a path for returning students from charter and cyber charter schools, including the creation of the district’s own online learning academy. In addition, Dr. Mariani has successfully petitioned for the return of the community's 7th grade students who have been assigned to neighboring school districts since 2012. It is hoped that 8th grade students will also return in the 2022-2023 school year.
Dr. Mariani is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She earned both her principal’s certification and her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Gannon University. Dr. Mariani holds her Superintendent Letter of Eligibility from Shippensburg University and is a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania with her doctorate in Educational Administration and Leadership.
In February 2021, Dr. Mariani married her beloved husband, Mark. She also has one daughter, Kennedy, who is 6 years old.