Meet Our Principal

Dr. Shaughnessy is one of the many Superheroes at Park Elementary

When Tom was little, he thought his elementary school principal had the best job in the world – he would play with the kids at recess, dress up silly on Halloween, and he somehow always seemed to be around when cupcakes were being passed out for birthdays.  Tom is happy to have followed in his old principal’s footsteps, although as the principal of Park Elementary School he eats more cupcakes than anyone should.  


Before becoming a principal Tom spent five years in the military, including a year as a platoon leader in Iraq.  After leaving the army as a captain, Tom served as an AmeriCorps Volunteer, taught ethics at Robert Morris University, taught elementary school in a few places, and grew a beard.


Tom went to West Point and earned masters degrees from Notre Dame and Carnegie Mellon.  He has a doctorate from Johns Hopkins, professional certificates from Stanford and Duke, and recently earned a Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership from Harvard.


Tom lives on the South Side with his dog, Eppie.  When he’s not walking with Eppie, Tom likes to read old classics, visit his family, and eat ice cream. 





Dr. Tom Shaughnessy

Phone: 412-464-3600 x4505


Recent News


October 14, 2019

Click on the header to see the FAFSA flyer for information. Please contact Jason Novak to choose one of the sessions. RSVP by October 18th.

On October 29, 2019, at 6:00 PM in the High School auditorium, the Steel Valley School District will host the first Town Hall Meeting to discuss possible options for educating all of its students together in grades K – 12.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we have dealt with the issue of bed bugs. We have treated our schools as prescribed by the Allegheny County Health Department and as recommended by our professional exterminator.