Monday, March 28, 2011

Campaign kickoff Dr. Regina B. Holley


Dr. Regina Holley has over 36 years of experience in the field of education, including both in the classroom and administration. Dr. Holley knows what it takes to raise the achievement level of our PPS students. During her years as an educator, she has:

• Raised academic performance of her students to achieve No Child Left Behind/Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

• Received the Title One School of the Year Award in 1997 presented by the PA Department of Education for increasing student achievement levels.

• Attained Dame Dame status, a recognition given to schools with majority free and reduced lunch students who make significant achievements gains, particularly in the area of mathematics.

Come and Meet Dr. Holley and Share Refreshments and Your Passion for a Quality Public School System

Thursday, March 31, 2011, 7PM
901 North Highland Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206


Questioner said...

Bio for this outstanding candidate:

Dr. Regina B. Holley
School Board Candidate – District 2

Dr. Regina Holley Graduated from Slippery Rock University in 1974, After graduation, she was hired by the PPS and started a job at Carmalt Elementary School as a special education teacher for mentally troubled students. She taught at Carmalt for thirteen years, four of which she served as the department head. During her tenure at Carmalt, she received her PhD in Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Pittsburgh. Shortly thereafter, she was promoted to the Office of School Improvement where she served as a supervisor, responsible for data analysis and designing interventions to help failing schools. Subsequent to her time at the Office for School Improvement, Dr. Holley became a reading supervisor for the PPS. Two years later, in 1993, she became an assistant principal at Weil Elementary School. After one year as assistant principal she was promoted to principal of Lincoln Elementary School. During her time as principal, Dr. Holley led Lincoln in reaching the following unprecedented accomplishments:

• Raising academic performance of her students to achieve No Child Left Behind/Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status.

• Increasing student achievement, resulting in performances higher than the school district average.

• Receiving the Title One School of the Year Award presented by the PA Department of Education for increasing student achievement levels.

• Attaining Dame Dame status, a recognition given to schools with majority free and reduced lunch students who make significant achievement gains, particularly in the area of mathematics.

• Successfully merging students and staff from the K-5 and 6-8 into the reconfigured K-8 Lincoln and achieving Adequate Yearly Progress status for the 2009-10 school year.

In 2008, Dr. Holley received the first University of Pittsburgh Alumni Educator Award for K-12 Educational Excellence. In addition, Alpha Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta Sororities, along with various other civic organizations, have recognized her for her educational accomplishments. Dr. Holley has created a shared vision supported by her staff, parents and community members in her quest for educational excellence.

Dr. Holley is an active member or Rodman Street Baptist Church where she is Board President for Naomi’s Place, a residential shelter for women and children in recovery. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority where she serves as chairperson of the education committee. She retired from the PPS in 2010 and continues to advocate for a high quality public school system and for accountability for all involved in the education of our city’s children.

Mark Rauterkus said...

Where is PPS District 2?

Questioner said...

It's the seat Heather Arnet had, which Dara Ware Allen was appointed to when Heather Arnet resigned. It includes Highland Park, Stanton Heights, Lawrenceville, Polish Hill, Spring Garden, Morningside.

Anonymous said...

Dear Regina,

What new ideas can you come up with to further clamp down on the no good pond scum teachers? We've run out of creativity lately, it seems, and perhaps you can show us a way to get rid of all those old veterans we haven't been able to pry away yest.

Anonymous said...

Has any other candidate in other districts launched their campaign?

Anonymous said...

Sounds like some one who drank the Kool Aide MR was serving. Does she stand for accountability for the Ivory Tower and the administration? Or just more of the same teacher bashing. She seemed very sucessful as a Principal, I would like to talk to teachers who worked under her. She seems like an Ivory Tower Plant, her resume is suspect because she was sucessful during the Roosevelt years. We do not need anouther yes person on the school board. Brently and Taylor are the only two who questioned all the crap that is going on now.

People are voting with their feet. As a teacher and resident of the city I see more and more for sale signs.


Questioner said...

Definitely not an Ivory Tower plant. Despite great performance received "principal bonuses" on the low end. One of the factors was "support of the administration's initiatives" or something like that.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who knows or who has worked for Dr. Holley would laugh at her being described as a "yes" person.

I'm betting that MR and crew breathed a big sigh of relief when she retired. Would love to see her over there holding their feet to the fire.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 6:14 from Anonymous 7:45 for what you said I, apologize for being cynical about Dr. Holley. Her resume just seemed to good to be true, it is a shame she didn't have a shot at being superintendent. They have got rid of special people like her in this district.

I truly appologize, I do not live in that district but I have friends that do. I tell to get out and vote for Dr. Holley.

Slightly Hopeful teacher

Anonymous said...

Dr. Holley was a dream to work with. Tough as nails, but always focused on student achievement.

Her candidacy gives me hope.

Questioner said...

Dr. Holley would have more educational experience than all the current board members. Combined.

Treasurer, Concerned Citizens for Dr. Holley said...

So please try to join us at the campaign kickoff event on Thursday. And consider making a donation since an incumbent (elected or not) is always tough to beat.

Treasurer, Concerned Citizens for Dr. Holley said...

A large and enthusiastic crowd launched Dr. Holley's campaign yesterday. Thank you to all who attended. For those unable to attend, look for other upcoming events.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations and Very Best Wishes for a Successful Campaign!

Anonymous said...

Dr. Regina Holley represents a beacon of hope for the sinking Pittsburgh School District. As her colleague of thirty-five years, I attest to her dedication, intelligence, perseverance, morality, vision, and compassion. P.P.S. would be a most fortunate recipient of her experience and leadership. Please cast your vote for this stellar candidate! Pittsburgh will be the better place for your efforts.