Dr. Mark P. Holtzman Jr.

  Dr. Mark Holtzman

Dr. Mark P. Holtzman, Superintendent 


It is with great pride that I write to introduce myself. Along with serving as Superintendent of McKeesport Area School District, I am a husband and proud father of two handsome sons and two beautiful daughters. I am a graduate of McKeesport Area High School class of 1997. I started my post-secondary education at Syracuse University, where I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. I returned to McKeesport Area High School as varsity assistant football coach in 2002. Soon after coaching, I began to pursue my secondary teaching certificate in social studies and my first Master’s Degree in Secondary Education at Duquesne University. After completing my student teaching at McKeesport Area High School, I began my career as a substitute teacher. While working as a Dean of Students at the high school, I decided to pursue a second Master’s degree in School Administration and Supervision. Receving my Principal’s Certification from Duquesne University. During the much publicized mandated high school merger between West Mifflin Area High School, East Allegheny, and Duquesne High School, I was recruited to West Mifflin High School to ensure a smooth transition for students and staff. Upon returning to the McKeesport Area School District I served as high school principal for 5 years and the Director of Secondary Education and Teacher Evaluation for 2 years. I was awarded my doctoral degree by the University of Pittsburgh in November 2014.  I am extremely proud to lead the McKeesport Area School District and represent my alma mater.



Summer 2013

Holtzman, Mark P. (August 2013) (June 2013) (February 2013). Dress for Success: How One Urban School District Developed and Implemented a Strict Dress Code Policy. Leading and Learning: A Publication of the School Administration and Supervision Program of Duquesne University. In Community Magazines & Media: McKeesport Area, 18-19. The Pennsylvania Administrator, 17(1), 14-15, 19.


January 2015

Holtzman, Mark P. (January 2015). Analysis of Traditional Principals’ Perception of Alternative Education Programs and the Impact they have on Public High Schools in Western PA. Doctoral Dissertation University of Pittsburgh. Retrieved from http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/23487/


Featured Speaker/ Presenter

October 2015

Presented at the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals 2015 State Conference at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, PA 


March 2015

Presented at the 2015 Annual School Directors’ Convention Learning Together sponsored by the Allegheny intermediate Unit in Pittsburgh at Station Square


January 2015

Presented at the 2015 Pennsylvania Title I Improving School Performance (ISP) Conference in Pittsburgh at Station Square


October 2014

Presented for PDE at School Improvement Grant (SIG) Principal’s Academy in Harrisburg


June 2013

Presented at PaTTan Conferences in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Pittsburgh

Invited by the School Improvement Grant Coordinator (SIG) to share school highlights from the three previous years of SIG funding


October 2013

Invited by the New Kensington-Arnold School District School Board and Administrative team and presented our uniform-type of strict dress code and supporting data


Member of Public Health Commission on Violence Prevention and Mental Health

Established through County Executive Fitzgerald’s Office