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About the Principals

Mr. James Schmieg

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Mr. Schmieg, the youngest of 6 children of William and Ruth Schmieg, was born and raised in Sayre, PA.   He attended Epiphany School, and after graduating from Sayre Area High School, attended Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA.  He received his Master’s in Education from Penn State University and Principal’s Certification from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  
 
Mr. Schmieg started his career in education in 1994 at Frank Layden Elementary School in Frontenac, KS and then 3 years later, at St. Mary’s-Colgan High School in Pittsburg, KS.   Returning to the Valley in 2000, Mr. Schmieg was hired at Northeast Bradford Jr/Sr High School, first as a Social Studies teacher and later as the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director.   After 16 years at NEB, he accepted the position as Assistant High School Principal in the Athens Area School District.   Now as Principal of Harlan Rowe Middle School, Mr. Schmieg looks forward to providing the best possible educational experience for the students of the Athens Area School District.
 
Mr. Schmieg is married to Shannon O’Shea Schmieg.  They have a daughter, Gretchen, who currently attends Harlan Rowe Middle School.  The family resides in Sayre, PA.

Mr. Brian Wilcox

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Mr. Wilcox is a lifelong resident of Bradford County, graduating from Troy High School in 2000. Mr. Wilcox continued his education at Mansfield University obtaining a B.S.E. in Biology in 2004. In 2012, he received his Masters of Science in Educational Administration from the University of Scranton. In total Mr. Wilcox is certified to teach in four different areas if needed and is certified as a K-12 Principal.

His career started in 2005 for the Athens Area School District holding the positions of substitute and EAP tutor until the 2009 school year `when he was employed full-time. From 2009 to 2016, Mr. Wilcox taught classes of Earth Science, Biology, Seventh Grade Science, Animal Science, Veterinary Science, and Agricultural Mechanics within the Athens School District. In 2016, Mr. Wilcox left Athens to become the Assistant Principal and later on the Principal of Northeast Bradford Elementary School. In the summer of 2018, Mr. Wilcox decided to return to Wildcat Country where he has heled the position of Assistant Principal at Harlan Rowe Middle School.

Mr. Wilcox has been lucky enough to spend most of his career within the Athens Area School District where he currently resides with his wife and three beautiful children. In his spare time he aides in running his family dairy farm on Mt. Pisgah and along with his wife and children they run PisgahRidge Farm breeders of full-blood Fleckvieh Simmental beef. 
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