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Carole M. Kakabar - Superintendent


A Message from the Superintendent …

Carole M. Kakabar, Superintendent

"I started my administrative career at Ferndale Area in 1997 as Junior-Senior High School Principal and Athletic Director, and I am very happy to have returned as Superintendent in 2008. The proud community here is so very welcoming and concerned with the education of their children. FASD is one of the best kept secrets in the Johnstown area. Many times this district has been referred to as a private school in a public school setting, where every child receives special attention."



Pennsylvania Department of Education
National Institute for School Leadership (NISL) certification 
California University of Pennsylvania                    2006
Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility  
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA  1994-1997
MEd, School Psychology  
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA  1995
Secondary Principal Certification  
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA  1998-1991
BSEd, Chemistry and Biology  
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA 
BS, Medical Technology

BA Chemistry, minor in Biology, concentration in Criminology 



Ferndale Area School District, 100 Dartmouth Ave., Johnstown, PA  2008-present
Westmont Hilltop School District, 827 Diamond Blvd., Johnstown, PA 2004-2008

Middle School Principal

District Supervisor of Special Education (added 2008)

Blacklick Valley School District, 555 Birch St., Nanty Glo, PA  1998-2004  
Junior-Senior High School Principal  
Ferndale Area School District, 600 Harlan Ave., Johnstown, PA   1997-1998
Assistant Principal, Athletic Director    
Central Cambria School District, 208 Schoolhouse Rd. Ebensburg, PA  1991-1997
High School Science Teacher, grades 9-12   
Penn Cambria School District, 201 Sixth St., Cresson, PA 1990-1991
Middle/High School Science Teacher, grades 8-11  
Miners Hospital, 2205 Crawford Ave., Spangler, PA    1988-1997
Medical Technologist  


 Philosophy of Leadership

 Leaders have the ability to create a shared vision within a community, and inspire self-renewing

 and sustaining elements for that vision.


 Favorite Quote

 "Attitude is contagious. Is yours worth catching?" — a former high school student I taught.





Superintendent Annual Goals