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Assistant Superintendent

Dr. Brad Sterner

Dr. Sterner

An alumnus of Penn State University, Dr. Sterner earned his undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development, along with his master's in Teaching and Curriculum. Dr. Sterner completed a doctoral program from Immaculata University in the area of Educational Leadership, where his research centered around the structure and content of teacher selection interviews.


Dr. Sterner’s teaching career began in 2000 at the primary and elementary levels for Lower Dauphin School District in Dauphin county. He first moved into administration at the Elizabethtown Area School District in Lancaster county as both an elementary and middle school principal. He then served as a middle school principal for the West York Area School District in York county. It was a personal goal of Dr. Sterner’s to gain a range of leadership experiences from rural, suburban, and urban school districts.


Dr. Sterner most recently served as Director of Educational Services for the Lincoln Intermediate Unit in New Oxford, Pennsylvania. In this role, he supports the 25 public school districts across Adams, Franklin, and York Counties - a geographic footprint as large as the state of Delaware. His main focus is executive coaching for superintendents, assistant superintendents, and principals. He strives to help his customers balance their workloads and become instructional leaders.


Dr. Sterner has been named a school improvement facilitator throughout statewide work overseen by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, on which he has been asked to speak directly to Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Education and his executive leadership team. Through school improvement work, he leads schools to recognize and remove barriers to student learning.


Dr. Sterner is also the Coordinator of the Educational Leadership and Principal Certification Program here at Penn State Harrisburg. Along with being the coordinator, he instructs Principalship and School Improvement courses, and serves as an advisor to all students within the program. He hopes to give back to the program that first modeled for him what it takes to be an empowering and outstanding leader.


He is the proud recipient of the Penn State Harrisburg’s Roy W. Allison Outstanding Education Alumni Award in 2012 and 2018. Dr. Sterner has also earned Hybrid Learning New Principal of the Year from Dellicker Associates in 2017. He has also been invited to present nationally for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Literacy Design Collaboration.