RJSHS Principals

Meet the 
Riverview Junior Senior 
High School Principals

Mr. Eric Hewitt

Mr. Hewitt earned his Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Saint Vincent College. Additionally, Mr. Hewitt earned his K-12 Principal’s Certificate, along with additional coursework in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Pittsburgh. He is certified to teach grade 7-12 social studies in both Maryland and Pennsylvania and is currently completing his Superintendent’s Eligibility certification at California University of Pennsylvania.

Before being appointed as the Junior-Senior High School Principal, he served Riverview as the Junior-Senior High School Assistant Principal.  Prior to that, he served the District as the 8th grade Team Leader and Social Studies teacher. Before coming to Riverview, he taught History at Burrell High School, Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf, MD, and Eugene Burroughs Middle School in Accokeek, MD.  Additionally, Mr. Hewitt has extensive experience in the field of educational technology, being a Fellow of the Maryland Technology Academy, a Keystone Technology Integrator, Webmaster, and Staff Trainer. He is leading the charge at Riverview in his leadership of creating exciting STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics), cyber, and blended course options for Junior Senior High School students.

Above all, Mr. Hewitt is a tireless advocate for children. He leads with the firm belief that not only can every child learn, but it is every educator’s job to create the opportunities so that every student is growing and learning. It is this mindset that led him out of the classroom and into administration.  

Mr. Hewitt grew up in the region, graduating from Highlands Senior High School. He enjoys fly-fishing, hunting, hiking, and spending time outdoors. When not at school, you will find him with his wife and four children.     

Mr. Hewitt joined the Administrative team in 2014.

Mr. Scott Newell
Assistant Principal

Mr. Newell is coming to Riverview after spending the last 15 years in the Highlands School District. During that time, Mr. Newell served in multiple roles throughout the district. He began as a Language Arts teacher in the elementary building teaching third and fifth grades. He then moved to the middle school where he has served as a math teacher for the last 11 years.

Outside of the classroom, Mr. Newell served the district in many leadership roles. He has served on several Curriculum Writing Committees where he was trained in the Understanding by Design program. Mr. Newell helped to move his colleagues forward by being instrumental in the implementation and training of his staff in PBIS, MTSS, UbD, Data Collection, CRA Math Intervention Strategies, and many other programs. In 2016, Mr. Newell was selected to serve on the MTSS – Math Statewide Cohort. Through his participation, he was able to train and work with many districts in Pennsylvania. He also was on the District Leadership Team, The Data Team and served on Superintendent Advisory Committees for multiple Superintendents.

Prior to entering education, Mr. Newell worked for nearly a decade for Mellon and Citizens Bank. His career started in Oakmont. During that time, he held many different titles including Branch Manager, Business Banking Specialist, and Branch Compliance Officer. Much of his training in leadership began during this phase of his career.

Mr. Newell earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He then earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and his Professional Certificate in Administration from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

When not in school, Mr. Newell enjoys spending time with his family. He and his wife, Angel, have 4 children, Sadie, Ethan, Landon, and Jackson. He also enjoys sports – Mr. Newell has coached football and track for three districts, Valley, Kiski Area, and Highlands over the past 20 years.

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