As principal of the Penn Cambria Elementary Schools, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our school!  At Penn Cambria Primary School, we have extraordinary teachers and staff who spend countless hours preparing highly engaging activities to promote relevant learning opportunities for our students.  At Penn Cambria we truly believe that all students can learn!


I am honored to serve as your principal at the Primary School.  As part of this school community, it is uplifting to know that the parents, community members, teachers, and students all care and support one another for the common goal of receiving the best education.  Let’s continue to work together to meet this goal! If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to meet, please contact me at (814) 886-8532 or by email-



Mr. Joseph N. Smorto 

Elementary Principal
Penn Cambria Primary School


Mr. Smorto’s Core Values and Philosophy  

  • Collaboration (among students, staff, and families)
  • Believing in team work to solve problems 
  • Inspiring well-rounded students 
  • Focusing on: academics, physical wellness, creativity, social responsibility
  • Encouraging challenges and supporting those who need it along the way



Saint Francis University

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education (2008)

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

  • M. Ed. in Special Education (2013)
  • Concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • K-12 Principal Certification (2014)
  • Doctoral Candidate in Administration and Leadership Studies (2016 – Present)


  • Elementary K- 6
  • Special Education N-12
  • Principal K-12