Mr. Brian D. Baddick began his career with the East Stroudsburg Area School District as the Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Services in October of 2017. Since arriving at East Stroudsburg, Mr. Baddick has worked closely with the ESASD Board of Directors, administration, faculty, staff and our community to develop a strategic focus for the district to support the development of all students with the skills and knowledge they will need beyond ESASD and in the workplace. The foundation for this work includes prioritizing the service delivery of student support systems across the district to meet the emotional and physical needs of all students. As a change agent at ESASD, the educational focus of Mr. Baddick is to be student-centered by developing programming to promote academic, social, emotional, and physical development. He strongly believes that service delivery models must first meet student needs.
In prioritizing the district’s ongoing service delivery improvements, the district has implemented several key initiatives within the district to support the emotional, physical, and academic needs of students. He is a strong believer in progressive models for mental health support for students and families within the school system. Under Mr. Baddick’s leadership the district has added Coordinator(s) of Social Services, full-time School Psychologists, expanded student assistance programming, A2E-Alternatives to Expulsion, district-wide sensory integration, Trauma Informed Schools, the PIAA endorsed Special Olympics Unified Sport program at the secondary level, mental health clinics in schools. Additionally, there has been an increase in district-wide awareness of special education topics through on-going professional development and support for staff.
Mr. Baddick's desire to become a Special Education teacher began during his elementary school years. It was while being a personal tutor, Special Olympics volunteer buddy, and advocate for his childhood friend who was diagnosed with the crippling disease of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) that he decided to pursue a career in Special Education. He went on to complete his undergraduate studies at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with a concentration in Special Education. Upon graduating, Mr. Baddick taught Secondary Learning Support and Emotional Support students at the high school level during his time at East Stroudsburg and Pocono Mountain Area School Districts. Mr. Baddick completed his graduate-level studies at East Stroudsburg University with a Master’s in Education along with a concentration in Educational Leadership.
Mr. Baddick was encouraged to leave the classroom setting and pursue administrative level positions in the Lancaster County area. For six years, Mr. Baddick served as an Assistant High School Principal within the Penn Manor Area School District and Manheim Central Area School District. Additionally, Mr. Baddick was promoted to the position of building-level Principal at Weatherly High School within the Weatherly Area School District and served as a Middle School Principal in Crestwood Area School District. These experiences inspired Mr. Baddick to augment and focus his professional efforts on advocating for the awareness of the special education population. Consequently, Mr. Baddick was offered the leadership opportunity as the Director of Pupil Services within the Jim Thorpe Area School District for five years. During this time, he focused on advocacy and awareness, transition programming, student mental health programming, researched-based replacement instruction curricula, and developed the district’s Department of Education Special Education compliance model.
Through blending his personal and professional journeys of learning experiences, Mr. Baddick possesses both traditional and progressive perspectives on public education’s role to serve each student. His highest priority of district work includes understanding the needs as a learner and individual first. Therefore, Mr. Baddick believes in creating a positive school climate that will allow for a collective process to solve issues.
Mr. Baddick will complete his Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership through Delaware Valley University in the Spring Semester of 2021.
On a personal level, Mr. Baddick is the youngest of four boys in his family. He was born and raised in the Coal Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania. In his free time, Mr. Baddick enjoys outdoor activities and learning to play the banjo.
Mr. Brian D. Baddick, M. Ed.
Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Services
Telephone: (570) 424-8500 ext 10704
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