Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Jason D. Palaia

About the Director of Educational Services

Jason Palaia has been an employee of the Coatesville Area School District since 1999. He received his undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Saint Joseph's University. Mr. Palaia has a Master of Education with a Reading Specialist certification and a concentration in Special Education from Saint Joseph’s University. He received his Administrative Certification from Penn State Great Valley. 


Mr. Palaia started his career as an elementary teacher at Rainbow Elementary School, where he spent seven years in various roles. He was a fifth grade teacher, fourth grade teacher, and Reading Specialist. 


Subsequently, Mr. Palaia was appointed as the principal of Friendship Elementary School. He spent six years as a building administrator, establishing strong relationships with students, parents, and staff. His goal was to establish a learning environment on par with top performing schools in the state of Pennsylvania. The dedication and efforts of Friendship’s students, staff, and parents empowered students with the skills and strategies to succeed in their social, academic, and emotional growth. Within five years of Mr. Palaia’s arrival, the state recognized the students and staff  for their efforts by ranking Friendship in the top 15 of all schools in Pennsylvania for the most growth in mathematics and reading scores in the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA). 


In his current role as Director of Educational Services, Mr. Palaia is responsible for developing, organizing and administering the operations of the elementary and secondary education program, in addition to other responsibilities.  To see his responsibilities and job description click here.   His focus continues to be on the academic, social, and emotional growth of the students he serves on a daily basis. He values the relationships he has built during his time here and looks forward to his continued service to the students, parents, and community members of the Coatesville Area School District.  Mr. Palaia is available via email @ Mr. Palaia can be reached by phone @ 610-466-2400.