Denise Rechtorik M.Ed, Director of Education
Denise attended the University of Pittsburgh where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and a Master’s degree in Special Education. She began her teaching career in Virginia within the public school systems having a wide range students with exceptionality. When returning to Pennsylvania, she served in the mental health field as a Behavioral Consultant and Mobile Therapist. The Woodland Hills School District was her next stopping point where she began the district’s first full time program for students with the exceptionality of Emotional Disturbance. Denise also became the district’s first RTII Behavior Interventionist. The program that she developed became a model for the district to utilize and expand upon. Denise started with New Story as the Director of Education in Monroeville in 2015; she is determined to ensure every student receives the services they need to achieve optimal success.
Susan Griffith M.Ed, Regional Director of Education
Ph: (724) 463-5390 Ext. 233
Susan Griffith, M.Ed is the Regional Director of Education for New Story’s Western Region. She has 9 years of experience in Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction, and Leadership. She started with New Story in 2013 and has obtained Bachelors of Science- Elementary Education, Masters of Education- Special Education, Doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction. She is currently working on dissertation “ABD status”- All But Dissertation. Susan attended Michigan State University, Oakland University, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
In her free time, Susan likes to spend time with her husband and two young children. They enjoy several extra-curricular activities throughout the week, including dance, gymnastics, and swim. She enjoys spending a lot of time with family. She is also actively working towards the completion of her dissertation, which is focused on autism support classrooms in public schools. She is an active member at the local YMCA, where she serves on the Board. Recently, she joined Leadership Indiana County, which is a course available to professionals in the community interested in growing in their leadership by organizing a large-scale community service project.
“My position allows me the freedom to think about operations and programming in a creative way, among a group of strong leaders who are focused on our students.” – Susan Griffith M.Ed