High School Administration

High School Administration

Principal Kevin McKiernan

North Hills High School Principal Kevin McKiernan joined North Hills in 2019 from the West Allegheny School District where he served as principal of West Allegheny High School from 2017 to 2019. Prior to, he was West Allegheny High School’s academic principal from 2015 to 2017 and the assistant principal from 2009 to 2015.

During his time at West Allegheny, McKiernan was instrumental in leading significant academic reform to ensure every graduate is prepared for a career and/or college, and has a viable post-secondary plan. He also increased student access to and success in Advanced Placement courses and expanded academic opportunities through dual college enrollment and assess to Parkway West Career and Technology.

Before West Allegheny, McKiernan worked as a social studies teacher at Northgate Middle/Senior High School from 2003 to 2009. During his time at Northgate, he was the head varsity boys’ basketball coach and twice named WPIAL AA Section 4 Coach of the Year

McKiernan received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Washington and Jefferson College and Master of Education in School Administration and K-12 Principal Certification from California University of Pennsylvania.

He lives in Ross Township with his wife, Lauren, and their three children, 11-year-old twins Keelin and Finnegan, and 9-year-old Brigid.

He replaces Dr. Beth Williams who was promoted to North Hills School District Assistant Superintendent.

Kevin McKiernan, Principal
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Tammy Swanson, Secretary
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Assistant Principal Meghan Watelet

(Last Names A-Lh)

Meghan Watelet will join North Hills High School as an assistant principal in mid-September 2022 from Chartiers Valley High School where she has served as assistant principal since 2020.

During her time at Chartiers Valley, Ms. Watelet also supervised student clubs and activities, and served as coordinator for several schoolwide programs including the school's Student Assistance Program (SAP), No Place for Hate and positive behavior support system.

Ms. Watelet began her career as an English learning support teacher at first Franklin Regional Middle School and later Knoch High School. She then served as an English teacher at Canon-McMillan High School where she also coached multiple sports, and sponsored yearbook and student council.

Prior to transferring to Chartiers Valley, Ms. Watelet was a school counselor in the Butler Area School District where she also facilitated schoolwide initiatives to advocate on behalf of the students and families of Butler County.

"We are excited to welcome Meghan who brings valuable experience to our high school and our district having served as both a special and general education teacher as well as school counselor,” Superintendent Dr. Patrick J. Mannarino said. “Her added leadership with schoolwide programs and initiatives and active involvement with student clubs and organizations makes her the ideal choice to join our administration team."

Ms. Watelet received her undergraduate degree in English, Secondary Education (7-12) and Special Education (7-12) from Washington & Jefferson College, her Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Duquesne University and Principal’s Certification from the University of Pittsburgh.

Ms. Watelet is originally from Boston, Massachusetts. She currently lives in McCandless with her husband Zach, dog Brady, and two cats Fitzgerald and Whitman.

Assistant Principal John Lesjack

(Last Names Li-Z)

North Hills High School Assistant Principal John Lesjack joined North Hills in 2019 from the Brookville Area School District where he spent the previous three years as assistant principal of the district’s four buildings.

Primarily assigned to the junior/senior high school at Brookville, Lesjack consistently developed strategies and implemented programs to significantly reduce student disciplinary issues and assist students struggling academically.

Prior to Brookville Area, Lesjack taught world history at Butler Area Intermediate High School.

Lesjack was born and raised in western Pennsylvania.

He received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Kenyon College in Ohio and later attended University of Pittsburgh where he received his Master of Arts in Teaching.

Following Pitt, he attended Edinboro University where he received his Master of Educational Leadership and K-12 Principal Certification.

Lesjack, his wife and two daughters live in Butler.
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