The Ephrata Area School Board of Directors approved appointments to fill two administrative positions at their Monday, June 17, 2019 meeting. Effective July 2019, Mrs. Jennifer Barnabei will assume the role of Assistant Principal at Ephrata Intermediate School, and Mrs. Laura Jordan will serve as the Assistant Coordinator of Student Support Services.
Mrs. Barnabei most recently served as the Fulton and Highland Elementary School Library Media Specialist. She has a Principal Certification and a Masters of Education Degree from California University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Catawba College. Previously, Mrs. Barnabei taught grades 4-8 in the Pequea Valley and Moon Area school districts, and she is an Ephrata High School graduate.
“It is an honor to have been selected as the Assistant Principal at Ephrata Intermediate School! I am excited to be part of the EIS team, and I look forward to getting to know all the students, staff, and families. Ephrata is a fantastic community, and I’m proud to be part of it,” she said.
“We were so fortunate to have had so many quality candidates express interest in this position. The ability to transfer one of our own into this important position at EIS will certainly help everyone hit the ground running this coming year,” commented Dr. Troop, District Superintendent.
“The committee was particularly impressed with Mrs. Barnabei’s understanding of the importance of relationships, reflection, and feedback as part of the continuous improvement process. We look forward to seeing her make an impact in this role,” he continued.
Mrs. Laura Jordan is new to the Ephrata Area School District having served in a variety of special education roles at Eastern Lancaster County School District, most recently as the Assistant to the Director of Special Education and Gifted Services. She earned her Supervisory Certification in Special Education and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Millersville University, as well as a Masters of Education Degree from Pennsylvania State University.
“Leadership positions in the area of Student Support Services can be some of the most difficult and also the most rewarding. It is wonderful to be able to bring an experienced and successful leader like Mrs. Jordan onto our team in this key role,” Dr. Troop concluded.