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New Principal, Dean Take On Leadership at Middle School

The Elizabethtown Area School District recently introduced its new Elizabethtown Area Middle School leadership team. Kara Schoessler has been named the new middle school principal. Joining Schoessler at the middle school is Joshua Schaffer, who is the school’s new dean of students.

Schoessler was hired following an extensive search process that involved a series of interviews. The interview team included representation from district, building, and department administrative teams as well as faculty members. Schoessler replaces Nate Frank who is the new Bear Creek School principal.

Prior to joining Elizabethtown’s leadership team, Schoessler was the assistant middle school principal for the neighboring Palmyra Area School District. She has also been dean of students, music teacher and middle school director of bands for Palmyra schools.

Schoessler holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Grove City College and a master’s degree in science education from Lebanon Valley College. She received her principal certification through Penn State University. Schoessler brings a wealth of experience in many areas including implementing positive behavioral interventions and supports, facilitating data analysis for English language arts, creating schedules and team structures at the middle school level, implementing 1:1 program and professional development built around it, building projects integration, and promoting effective instructional practices through the supervision process Schaffer comes to Elizabethtown from the Red Lion Area School District, where he has been a middle school mathematics teacher for the past two years. Prior to his time at Red Lion, Schaffer was a special education teacher at the Camp Hill School District for seven years and a fifth grade math teacher in the Mechanicsburg Area School District for a year.

Schaffer holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from Elizabethtown College and a master’s degree in educational administration from Temple University. Schaffer has considerable experience in the areas of blended technology classrooms, positive behavior planning, learning focused schools, and working with students with individualized learning plans.

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