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North Hills Announces Building Administration Changes for 2018-19 School Year
North Hills Middle School and Ross Elementary School will welcome new leadership in their school buildings on July 1. North Hills Middle School assistant principal Jason Beall will transfer to Ross Elementary School where he will serve as principal, and Ross Elementary School Principal Mary Grimm will transfer to North Hills Middle School where she will serve as the building’s assistant principal. 

“At North Hills, we are fortunate to have so many extraordinary administrative leaders, who work diligently to inspire our students and staff to achieve their goals and continually improve themselves academically, socially and emotionally.  I am confident that both Ross Elementary School and North Hills Middle School will continue to thrive under their leadership,” said Dr. Patrick J. Mannarino, North Hills School District superintendent.


North Hills Middle School – Mrs. Mary Grimm

Mrs. Grimm has served as Ross Elementary School principal since 2016. While at Ross Elementary, she worked with a schoolwide committee and the building’s librarian to reboot the school’s independent reading program. She collaborated with kindergarten teachers, preschool administrators and an area librarian to launch the “Building Bridges” program that promotes the value and importance of early education to caregivers and young students. Mrs. Grimm also aided in increasing the number of charitable causes supported by the building’s students and staff members and raising overall contributions in those efforts to record levels. 

Prior to her time here, Mrs. Grimm was an elementary and middle school teacher for 15 years with experience in numerous grade-levels as well as in gifted education. During her time as a classroom teacher, she updated English Language Arts curricula, revamped her building’s Accelerated Reader program and created a science curriculum. 

Mrs. Grimm holds a master’s degree in teaching and a principal’s certificate from the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Duquesne University. Prior to her career in education, she worked as a software trainer, instructional designer and project manager for a technology solutions company. 


Ross Elementary School – Mr. Jason Beall

Mr. Beall has served as assistant principal at North Hills Middle School since 2013. During his time there, North Hills Middle School has been designated a PA Don Eichhorn Schools: Schools to Watch in 2015 and 2018, recognized as an Apple Distinguished School, designated by the Anti-Defamation League as a No Place for Hate school and named a Carnegie Science Center Pathway Partner. He has led the middle school’s STEAM program since its inception in 2014 and was actively involved in the rollout and implementation of Project Connect, the district’s 1:1 iPad initiative. Mr. Beall initiated and oversaw the building’s anti-bullying and bystander awareness program “Stand Up, Don’t Stand By” and led the reimplementation of the middle school’s Student Assistance Program (SAP) this school year after obtaining his SAP certification.  

Prior to his time here, Mr. Beall was an inclusion and mathematics teacher at Glenwood Middle School, a part of the Howard County Public School System in Maryland. He also served as a mathematics teacher and school accountant and business manager at William H. Lemmel Middle School in the Baltimore City Public Schools system and also was the coordinator of the Math Works after-school program.

Mr. Beall holds a Master of the Arts in Teaching degree in secondary mathematics and an administration and supervision certificate from Johns Hopkins University. He earned bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance from Barton College. 

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