STHS Transition Program Described at School Board Meeting
World Class District Possible through Baldrige Framework Implementation
Dear Parents, Staff and Students of the STMS Community,
My name is Ken Edwards and I am very excited and humbled to be the new principal of Susquehanna Township Middle School. As an educator with twenty-seven years of experience, I strongly believe in three core values when it comes to education. I believe that:
· Every child deserves an excellent education
· The classroom teacher is the most important aspect of an excellent education
· Success is not an accident, success is a choice
Recently, four middle schools were named as “schools to watch” in the state of Pennsylvania. Only the best middle schools in the state are placed on this “schools to watch” list. My question for you is a simple question – what makes those four schools any different than Susquehanna Township Middle School? Does a school named as a “school to watch” have better students than the students attending STMS? I believe the answer is no. Does a school named as a “school to watch” have better teachers than those teaching at STMS? Again, I believe that the answer is no. Does a school named as a “school to watch” sit in a better community than Susquehanna Township? The answer is unequivocally no. After teaching at Susquehanna Township Middle School for nineteen years, I truly believe that Susquehanna Township Middle School is a school that deserves to be on the “schools to watch” list in the future. My goal is to help STMS become one of the best middle schools in the state and be placed on the Pennsylvania Schools to watch list in the future.
Now that you know my goal for STMS, let me introduce myself. I am originally from Western Pennsylvania. Married for twenty-six years, my wife and I are the proud parents of three awesome children. I graduated from Clarion University with a degree in Biology. I began my teaching career at Steelton-Highspire High School in 1988, teaching 7th grade Life Science and 10th grade Biology. I then taught 7th grade science for nineteen years at Susquehanna Township Middle School. In addition to teaching at STMS, I was an active member of the Student Assistance Team, the Discipline Committee, and the Quick Response Team. I held the position of science department chair for several years, and 7th grade team leader, acting as a liaison between my teaching team and the administrative staff. I also spent many years coaching varsity football, 9th grade football and middle school track.
When I am away from school I enjoy spending every minute I can with my family. We enjoy the beaches of North Carolina and taking day trips whenever possible. My son and I are avid outdoor enthusiasts and like to camp, hike, bike, fish and ski. I also enjoy woodworking, photography and reading. My favorite book is Undaunted Courage by Steven Ambrose; favorite movie is Remember the Titans and my favorite sports team, the Steelers!
In 2011 I earned my Masters of Education degree and my K-12 Principal Certification from Cabrini College. For the last three years I was the principal of Crossroads Middle School in the West Shore School District. Crossroads Middle School is a school with 700 students and 55 professional staff members.
I am passionate about education and working with teachers to provide children with an excellent education. I believe that all children can learn and will learn when provided with a caring, nurturing environment that is engaging, relevant and conducive to learning. I also believe that communication and cooperation with parents is vital to the success of our students. I am honored and very excited to be returning to Susquehanna Township Middle School as the educational leader. I look forward to meeting and working with the students, staff and community members of STMS.
Susquehanna Township Middle School