The Path to Superintendent
Souderton Area School District Superintendent Frank Gallagher continues our series covering leaders around the U.S. Gallagher discusses his unscripted path to the top job and how he looks at everything from the role of data to the state of education on the eve of the Presidential election.
Gallagher began his career as a K-12 Special Education Teacher, a coordinator of Federal Programs, a former elementary school principal and an Assistant Superintendent. Gallagher has continued his own education as a Doctoral candidate Arcadia University and his dissertation is on social justice leadership.
The Souderton Area School District (SASD), in Pennsylvania, includes an area of 49 square miles in Upper Montgomery County. It is the largest school district, in square miles, in the county. The district is situated midway between the cities of Allentown and Philadelphia. Due to its locale the district has the best of both worlds: proximity to the city, while in a semi-rural setting. Six municipalities are within the boundaries of the SASD: the two boroughs of Souderton and Telford and the four townships of Franconia, Lower Salford, Upper Salford and Salford. The population of the school district exceeded 43,109 according to the 2010 census.
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