New Executive Director of The Campus Laboratory School of Carlow University Named

Keely Baronak, EdD, chair of the Department of Education at Carlow, has been named the new executive director of the Campus Laboratory School of Carlow University.

Marketing and Communications For Immediate Release
Drew Wilson, Director, Media Relations July 18, 2019
412.578.2095 (phone)
412.260.6807 (cell)
412.578.2080 (fax)

Keely Baronak, Carlow’s Education Department Chair, Will Be Executive Director

Pittsburgh, Pa. –Keely Baronak, EdD, chair of the Education Department at Carlow University, is the new Executive Director of The Campus Laboratory School of Carlow University.

Baronak’s appointment reflects the fact that the laboratory school model will benefit both the students and faculty of the Campus School, as well as the university’s students majoring in education.

“I am excited to work more closely with the Campus Laboratory School of Carlow University teachers, staff, and parents in support of curricular enhancements, technology initiatives, and shared professional development as we develop a lab school model for the school, “ said Baronak.

In a laboratory school model, the university and lab school can share resources in various ways, including opportunities for university faculty and lab school faculty to collaborate on lessons, grant funding, and professional development. In addition, the presence of a lab school on a university campus can support field study opportunities for undergraduate and graduate education students.

Baronak earned her doctorate in special education with a minor in educational leadership from West Virginia University. She received her master’s in special education, with a specialization in emotional disorders and autism, from Old Dominion University, and earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Bethany College.

Baronak arrived at Carlow in 2017 after serving as Dean of the College of Education at West Liberty University.  Prior to her work in higher education, she was a teacher for children in preschool, elementary school, and middle school in Virginia and West Virginia. Her areas of teaching and research interests include language-based reading disabilities, multi-sensory reading-based instruction, language arts, autism, creativity, and community-based instruction.  She has written and received several grants, particularly in the areas of elementary-based STEM integration, arts integration, and the development of professional development school networks.

Baronak will begin her responsibilities as Executive Director of the Campus Laboratory School of Carlow University on July 1, 2019.


About Carlow University

Carlow is a private, co-educational, Catholic university located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s “Eds, Meds, and Tech” district. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Carlow’s graduates, curricula, and partnerships reflect its strong commitment to social justice; ethical, forward-thinking and responsible leadership; and service to the community that has a meaningful impact. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in four colleges: Health and Wellness, Leadership and Social Change, Learning and Innovation, and Professional Studies. Carlow graduates are in demand for their professional expertise, in fields ranging from nursing, the sciences, and perfusion technology to counseling, education, and forensic accounting; their entrepreneurial spirit and creative mindset; and their ability to manage change.  Carlow’s 13 athletic teams are known as the Celtics, a reflection of the university’s Irish heritage and roots.

© Copyright 2022 Carlow University. All rights reserved.