Tricia Piliado is a Supervisor of Social Emotional and Student Supports in Columbus City Schools. She supervises the district’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) Coordinators, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Practitioners, and the Climate and Culture Department. She works with her team to support schools implementing PBIS and SEL into their classroom and building practices, and to provide training and support for staff in the K-5 Positive Efforts for Adjustment of Knowledge (PEAK) program.
Prior to CCS, Piliado spent 11 years working in public libraries as a youth librarian, branch manager, and district coordinator of teen services. She then changed careers and served as a high school English teacher for 10 years before moving into administration, serving as the Director of Student Welfare and Attendance for Vancouver Public Schools in Vancouver, WA. She oversaw discipline, attendance, and Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying law compliance. She was responsible for the training and support of the associate principals, the substance use prevention/intervention specialists, and the discipline, attendance, and enrollment clerks. She shifted the discipline work of the district to be preventative rather than reactive, focusing on equity and inclusion, restorative practices, PBIS, SEL, and alternatives to exclusion.
Piliado earned her Bachelor's degree from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. She then attended University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and earned her Masters in Information and Library Studies. In order to shift her career to education, Piliado obtained her Masters in the Art of Teaching from George Fox University in Newberg, OR and her Administrative Credentials from Washington State University, Vancouver Campus.
Piliado has been with Columbus City Schools since November 2021.