Aug. 9, 2022
Gordon Mathews named Fort Couch assistant principal
Gordon Mathews has been named assistant principal of Upper St. Clair’s Fort Couch Middle School. The school board approved his appointment, which is effective immediately, on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022.
An Upper St. Clair graduate, Mr. Mathews has served as a school counselor and alumni coordinator at Upper St. Clair High School for the last four years. Throughout his tenure, he has taken a leadership role in the high school’s Peer Tutoring and Leadership Academy programs and currently serves as a coordinator in the district’s International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. In addition, Mr. Mathews has been a member of the Upper St. Clair football coaching staff for over seven years.
“Throughout the last several years, Mr. Mathews has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to our Upper St. Clair students. Beyond his important role as school counselor, he has served our students in significant and meaningful ways,” Dr. John Rozzo, superintendent of schools, said. “I am confident that our Fort Couch school community will benefit greatly from his leadership and enthusiasm.”
A graduate of Duquesne University, Mr. Mathews earned a master’s degree in school counseling. He completed the K-12 Principal Certificate program at University of Pittsburgh. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Washington & Jefferson College.
Mr. Mathews resides in Upper St. Clair Township with his wife, Lauren, and their two dogs, Nala and Kiki. He has served as president of the Community Foundation of Upper St. Clair since November 2020.
Mr. Mathews fills the vacancy created when former assistant principal Erin Peterson was promoted to principal in June. Joe DeMar, who served as Fort Couch Middle School principal for two decades, officially retires this month after nearly 30 years of service to the Upper St. Clair School District.