Gregory Kiehl, M.Ed. School Administration Expert

Gregory Kiehl, School Administration Expert

Gregory Kiehl is a supervision and education expert with a diverse background in elementary and secondary education. He has over 20 years of experience as a public school administrator, principal, director of student services and special education, and coach. He applies his expertise to forensic investigations related to the care and safety of children and young adults in educational settings. The scope of his casework includes school supervision; emergency operations; harassment, intimidation, and bullying (HIB); student injuries; sexual harassment; 504 Plans; and safety policy in public schools.

In Greg’s most recent position as the Director of Elementary Education, he is responsible for oversight of elementary principals, participates in disciplinary proceedings for all elementary staff and advises principals on more significant student disciplinary infractions such as bullying/fighting, drug and alcohol policy violations, harassment and sexual harassment, weapons violations, and vaping. 

During his time as a principal, Greg’s experience included the administration and supervision of the comprehensive operations of a school including programs involving students ranging from kindergarten through high school level, including special needs students and all teachers and support staff. Greg’s experience is bolstered by the time he spent early in his professional career working as a mental health case manager, counselor, and psychiatric assistant at an inpatient behavioral health hospital.  

Greg earned a Masters in Education specializing in School Counseling from Millersville University, and a Bachelors in Psychology from Washington and Lee University. He also holds a Principal Certification and a Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility. Greg previously served as President of the Pennsylvania Association of Pupil Services Administration (PAPSA). 

Professional Experience

Robson Forensic, Inc.


2023 to present

Provide technical investigations, analysis, reports, and testimony toward the resolution of claims and litigation involving the safety, supervision, security, and educational well-being of all students.

Donegal School District

Director of Elementary Education (K-6)

2017 to present
  • Administrator and supervisor of K-6 and elementary programming for a school district of approximately 2,900 students. The elementary program includes approximately 110 professional staff members, 5 administrative staff and approximately 55 support staff.
  • Oversees and develops professional and administrative staffing. Manages curriculum resources and programs, instructional technology tools, and professional development.
  • Supervises and evaluates the elementary Principals. Meets with Principals monthly to review building management and leadership.
  • Participates in disciplinary proceedings for all elementary staff including administrative, professional and support staff. Supports and advises Principals in reference to staff disciplinary measures and the documentation of these incidents. Participates in Loudermill hearings as needed.
  • Advises and directs elementary Principals on significant student disciplinary investigations and infractions such as vaping, bullying/fighting, drug and alcohol policy violations, harassment and sexual harassment allegations and weapons violations.
  • Participates in Cabinet meetings at the district office. Provides input on district strategic planning as well as problem-solving district-wide and school site specific educational issues.
  • Coordinates professional development for all elementary professional staff including but not limited to, instructional techniques, curriculum program implementation and structured literacy, mandatory child abuse reporting and professional ethics.
  • Organizes and facilitates the hiring and retention of all elementary professional and administrative staff. Redesigned the interview process to assist in identifying staff that will help the district fulfill its vision.
  • Develops the federal consolidated application for Titles I, II and IV and ensures implementation of all federal programs in adherence with federal and state guidelines.
  • Prepares and leads the district through federal programs audits as conducted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
  • Directs biweekly meetings with the instructional technology coach and the behavior coach to provide feedback and support for the coaching process within the K-6 program.
  • Began a three year implementation plan to incorporate structured literacy practices across K-6 classrooms.
  • Redesigned district induction program for new professional staff members. Leads and facilitates new staff training in the following areas; relationship building with students, professional ethics, structured literacy practices, innovations in education and armed intruder response (Run, Hide, Fight).
  • Partnered with Community Action Partnership to house a combined Head Start/Pre-K Counts class at Donegal Primary School within the district.
  • Supervises the district English as a Second Language (ESL) program including the WIDA ACCESS exam testing. Conducts regular reviews of the program.
  • Coordinator of the District Assessment program for Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA). Provides training for school assessment coordinators and ensures compliance with all testing requirements.
  • Actively participates as one of the lead members of the district’s Emergency Management Committee.
  • Trained in trauma informed practices in schools and adverse childhood experiences.
  • Conducts armed intruder training for professional staff which includes situational awareness, enhanced lockdown and best practices for barricading classrooms. Also provides the same training for a community organization.
  • Serves as a mentor for two district students who have challenging life experiences.

Elizabethtown Area School District

2009 to 2017
Elementary Principal (K-3)  2013-2017
  • Served as an integral member of the Building Renovation Design Team to create a new elementary school specifically designed for 21st century learning.
  • Led efforts to change instruction to include 21st century learning practices such as Project-Based Learning (PBL), Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Math (STEAM) activities, use of technology within the SAMR framework, flexible seating and increased student-centered learning. Prepared annual building schedule including staff student supervision for non-instructional times such as student arrival, dismissal, lunch, and recess.
  • Maintained and documented student discipline including suspensions and recommendations for expulsion. Participated in frequent communications and meetings with parents regarding disciplinary issues.
  • Implemented schoolwide Title I program including family and parent engagement. Led school through Title I program audits from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
  • Supervised and evaluated professional and support staff using both state required evaluation tools and district-created tools.
  • Led schoolwide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) team and implemented PBIS best practices within the building. Facilitated PBIS trainings for students.
  • Facilitated instructional support team meetings as part of the pre-referral process for special education testing.
  • Created building level emergency operations plans (EOP). Communicated plans with staff through an emergency response team. Conducted drills as a means to improve emergency preparedness and debriefed team to make collaborative adjustments to our practices.
  • Completed state required emergency drills including fire drills, armed intruder drills, bus evacuation drills, and severe weather drills.
  • Facilitated staff training on best practices to barricade their classroom door in the event of an armed intruder.
  • Actively worked with Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) to provide student programs while maintaining fiscal guidelines and audits.

Director of Student Services (K-12)  2009-2016

  • Coordinated emergency management for a district of approximately 3,000 students and 600 staff. Wrote, and annually revised, emergency operations plans (EOP) for the entire district including but not limited to, responses to fires, evacuations, bomb threats, severe weather (tornado), armed intruders and parent-student reunification. Shared plans with community organizations as required by Act 44.
  • Coordinated and led the district through multiple federal radiological drills due to the district’s proximity to Three Mile Island nuclear power plant.
  • Created an Emergency Management Committee that included local law enforcement, fire departments and other first responders. Collaborated with the Committee on an ongoing basis to review district EOPs and build relationships with first responders.
  • Coordinated with local law enforcement to be the first district in Lancaster County to implement the Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate (ALICE) response to an armed intruder. Achieved certification as an ALICE trainer and worked with local law enforcement to provide training for all district staff and secondary students. Identified key personnel that would provide annual refresher training for students.
  • Updated all required School Board policies to remain in alignment with changes to state laws, case law, and the Pennsylvania School Code. Updated timely changes to school district administrative regulations and communicated changes to administrative staff (2009 to 2012).
  • Supervised and evaluated certified school nurses, health room assistants, and school social workers. Facilitated monthly meetings with these departments.
  • Ensured completion of the School Health Annual Reimbursement Request System (SHARRS) report.
  • Provided oversight of the district’s Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth (AEDY) program.
    • Assisted in the coordination of moving the program to an online learning format through Lancaster-Lebanon Virtual Solutions (LLVS).
    • Created and received board approval for a plan in which AEDY students could graduate early based on individual needs.
    • Completed required AEDY application to be sent to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).
  • Implemented the Olweus bullying prevention program in K-3 elementary buildings. Wrote grants that enabled the district to receive all materials and training at no cost.
  • Worked with school social worker to create a program that provided food for students in poverty. This ensured students had sustenance at home during the weekend.
  • Led Flight Teams that provided onsite support to students in response to a school crisis (ie. accidental death, medical issue, suicide, etc). Trained in Flight team response through the Crisis Management Institute.
  • Coordinated with the local Communities That Care organization to create a Paws and Think program. This program was designed to provide factual information to students about drug and alcohol use.
  • Supervised programming that supported students experiencing homelessness as required by the McKinney-Vento Act. Served as the homeless liaison and coordinated transportation as required by law.
  • Led creation of the Act 339, K-12 comprehensive school counseling program.
  • Ensured that all reporting requirements under the Chapter 12 Student Services plan were met.
  • Provided oversight to the district Student Assistance Program (SAP) and completed all state-required SAP reporting.

Manheim Central School District

1999 to 2009
Coordinator of Student Services (K-12)  2006-2009
  • Recommended to the Superintendent the creation of necessary, student-related programs that provided students with a continuum of educational services.
  • Coordinated and implemented district-wide Response to Intervention (RTI) program that provided scientifically, research-based academic and behavioral interventions to assist diverse learners.
  • Created an academic and behavioral intervention manual to be used as a resource for diverse and struggling learners.
  • Coordinated and supervised the English as a Second Language (ESL) program including the WIDA ACCESS exam testing.
  • Supervised the incorporation of the revised Pennsylvania Career and Education Work Standards into the district-wide curriculum.
  • Coordinated the district Student Assistance Program (SAP) and facilitated the completion of mandated state reporting.
  • Coordinated a district-wide Positive Behavior Intervention Support program.
  • Supervised and evaluated all pupil services staff (school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, and school nurses).
  • Coordinated all emergency management efforts including the updating of the district’s Emergency Operations Plan. Ensured that the district was compliant with all Chapter 10 regulations.

Acting Director of Special Education (K-12)  2006

  • Managed the special services budget.
  • Coordinated all special education and gifted education services including all required special education documentation and annual reports.
  • Supervised and evaluated all pupil services staff (School Counselors, School Psychologists, School Social Workers, and School Nurses).
  • Coordinated academic programs to meet the diverse learning needs of all students.
  • Coordinated and implemented district-wide Response to Intervention (RTI) program that provided scientifically, research-based academic and behavioral interventions to assist diverse learners.
  • Began the process of moving to a more inclusive model of special education practices. This model was based on the Gaskins court settlement and was designed to place students in the least restrictive environment with the appropriate supplementary aids and services.
  • Served as Local Education Agency (LEA) representative for all student placements located outside the district. This included placements in residential homes, centers for students with significant emotional disturbance disabilities, and alternative education programs for disruptive youth.
  • Ensured that all special education staff met highly qualified levels as required by Pennsylvania state law.
  • Coordinated a training program for all district paraprofessionals to ensure they were highly qualified and met the requirements of Pennsylvania state law.
  • Assisted professional staff in data-based decision making to assist individual students. This led to staff implementing academic and behavioral evidence-based practices.
  • Actively worked with educational teams to problem-solve academic and behavioral issues for individual students.

High School Dean of Students (9-12)  1999-2002 and 2002-2006

  • Enforced attendance and discipline policies for students in grades 9-12 including discipline investigations, suspensions, and recommendations for expulsion for behavior conduct violations including but not limited to, harassment, intimidation, and bullying.
  • Regularly advised students at-risk for discipline/attendance issues. Created individual plans with students to use proactive, evidence-based practices to decrease discipline and attendance issues.
  • Actively participated in the Student Assistance Program and provided case management and coordination of services for multiple students.
  • Collaborated with multi-disciplinary teams to develop academic and behavioral planning for students.
  • Coordinated referral process for high school students who entered alternative education placements.
  • Provided oversight of the district K-12 summer school program including PSSA remediation and acceleration.
  • Coordinated the resolution of technology issues at the high school.
  • Led classroom lessons on students’ individual use of social-emotional defense mechanisms. The lessons enabled students to reflect on the defense mechanisms they use and the purpose behind their use.
  • Observed student behavior within the classroom setting and provided constructive feedback and intervention methods to staff and students for improvement.
  • Supervised multiple support staff.
  • Supervised athletic events and intervened, as needed, based on student and fan behavior.

High School Counselor  2002-2003

  • Advised students with academic, career, and interpersonal issues.
  • Completed threat assessments when students expressed suicidal thoughts or ideation. Contacted and advised parents on plans of action in relation to their child’s needs,
  • Recommended appropriate mental health services to parents, as needed. Provided mental health education to parents as part of the recommendation process.
  • Led students through peer mediation and conflict resolution when students were unable to resolve a conflict.
  • Met regularly with students struggling with life stressors and supported them in working through these challenges.
  • Guided students through the course selection process as it related to their career goals.
  • Facilitated small groups of students that focused on positive skills to cope with issues such as anger management, depression, and drug usage.
  • Coordinated Advanced Placement Testing program.
  • Provided guidance to administration in regard to the master schedule and meeting scheduling needs for students.

Philhaven Hospital

1993 to 2000
Administrative Case Manager 1995-1999
  • Completed mental health assessments to determine appropriateness of referrals for therapeutic staff support, behavior specialist consultation, mobile therapy or a therapeutic after school program.
  • Completed initial intake assessments of potential program participants with families.
  • Communicated with social services agencies to coordinate the client’s mental health treatment.
  • Monitored individual treatment plans to ensure goals were measurable and related to the client’s needs.
  • Led inter-disciplinary meetings to facilitate client’s mental health needs and treatment.
  • Collaborated with administration to create and implement policies and procedures.
  • Scheduled staffing for approximately 130 clients and 42 staff.
  • Attended county Mental Health provider meetings to stay informed of mental health care trends.
  • Supervised interns and case managers.
  • Coordinated all aspects of the Dauphin County Wrap-Around Program.

Dual Diagnosis Case Counselor  1998-1999

  • Provided 1-2 hours of daily support to the dual diagnosis Adult Day Hospital.
  • Led and facilitated drug and alcohol education groups and twelve step program educational groups for program participants.
  • Completed daily documentation requirements related to each client’s progress or regression on their treatment goals.
  • Assisted clients in achieving treatment goals based on individualized treatment plans.

Therapeutic Support Staff  1994-1995

  • Interacted in 1:1 therapeutic relationship with children and adolescents in the home, school, and community.
  • Worked with county agencies to provide services for the clients.
  • Implemented behavioral treatment plans and assisted clients and families in achieving treatment goals.
  • Provided clinical input and recommendations to supervisor, family, school psychologist, and school counselor to aid in client’s overall youth functioning.

Psychiatric Assistant  1993-1994

  • Supported clients in an inpatient hospital setting.
  • Provided daily services and support to multiple populations including children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics.
  • Assisted clients with activities of daily living as needed.
  • Met with clients to review treatment goals.
  • Provided daily documentation on individual clients relevant to their progress/ regression.
  • Implemented learned de-escalation techniques when needed with clients in crisis situations.
  • Trained in therapeutic de-escalation techniques in the event clients were a harm to themselves or others.

Elizabethtown Area School District

Assistant Football Coach, Varsity (1994-1996) and Junior High (1993)

1993 to 1996
  • Coached the offensive and defensive lines.
  • Taught skills and techniques critical to quality line play.
  • Supervised athletes during and after practices and games.
  • Provided supervision of athletes in the locker room and during bus transportation to and from away games.
  • Created daily practice schedules for offensive and defensive lineman.
  • Supervised and directed strength and conditioning training during off-season workouts for athletes.

Palmyra Area School District

Assistant Football Coach, Junior High

  • Created a defensive playbook and called defensive plays during games.
  • Supervised athletes during and after practices and games.
  • Coached the offensive and defensive lines.
  • Taught skills and techniques critical to quality line play.
  • Created daily practice schedules for students.

Professional Credentials

  • Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility, California University of Pennsylvania, California, Pennsylvania
  • Principal Certification, The Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • School Counselor Certification, K-12, Millersville University, Millersville, Pennsylvania


M.Ed. School Counseling, Millersville University, Millersville, Pennsylvania

B.A., Psychology, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia

Continuing Education

  • Concussion in Sports, 2023
  • District Assessment Coordinator, School Assessment Coordinator and Test Administrator Trainings for Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), 2023
  • PA Act 126-Part 1: Child Abuse and Mandatory Reporting Training, 2019
  • Educator Discipline, Sexual Misconduct and Maintaining Professional Boundaries Training, 2019
  • Making Educators Partners in Youth Suicide Prevention Training, 2018

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • The Reading League Pennsylvania

Speaking Engagements

Provided Armed Intruder Training (Run, Hide, Fight) to Rainbows End Youth Services community organization (August 2022)

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