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GSE Alumna Amy Sichel Begins Term as AASA President

June 24, 2013 - Amy F. Sichel, superintendent of the Abington School District, Abington, Pa., begins her term as president of the American Association of School Administrators on July 1. She has been a member of AASA and of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators since 2001, and in 2010 was named Pennsylvania Superintendent of the Year.

“As AASA president, I will be a strong advocate for superintendents and school administrators and for high quality public schools,” said Sichel. “We need to support reforms that improve educational opportunities for all students, promote innovative accountability systems and advocate for the reauthorization of ESEA.”

Sichel earned her Ph.D. in School Psychology at Penn’s Graduate School of Education in 1981. As an adjunct associate professor at GSE, she teaches both master’s and doctoral students in the Applied Psychology and Human Development Division and supervises a number of Psychological Services practicum students and school psychology interns. She also serves as a dissertation advisor for the Mid-Career Doctorate in Educational Leadership program. 

As superintendent of schools in Abington since 2001, Sichel manages and directs the affairs of the school system. Her position as a school superintendent provides real-life experiences to GSE students in curriculum and instruction, organizational development, leadership, human resources, fiscal management, and other aspects of the work involved in being the chief executive officer of a school system, independent school, or non-profit organization.

The American Association of School Administrators, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children.