At the regular meeting of the Avon Grove School District Board of School Directors on Nov. 25, the board appointed Michael Snopkowski as principal of Fred S. Engle Middle School, according to a press release.Snopkowski will replace Dr. Robert Fraser, who resigned from Avon Grove to accept a position with the West Chester Area School District.

Snopkowski is scheduled to begin his new position on Dec. 16.

Snopkowski has more than 12 years of experience in education. He was selected for the principal position after a comprehensive search.

The position was advertised in October, three potential candidates were identified from the applicant pool, and the selection committee interviewed the three candidates on Nov. 11.

The committee then selected two finalists, who met with members of the school community at a Listening Post session on Nov. 18.

The selection committee included Engle Middle School teachers George Allen, Holly Bergin, Janet Donegan, Cheryl Vasta and Kristi Mil-burn; administrators Robert Fraser, Wendi Lee Foltz and Margaret Sharp; Board members Lynn Klingensmith and Robert Weidenmuller; and Teresa Hanrahan, Engle's PTO president.

In making the recommendation to approve Snopkowski for the principal position, the committee noted his demonstrated success as an assistant principal at Avon Grove High School, as well as his commitment to the Avon Grove School District.

Snopkowski's diverse career in school leadership includes serving almost five years as an assistant principal and more than five years as an athletic director, as well as four years of classroom teaching experience.

He joined Avon Grove School District in the 2005-2006 school year as the assistant principal at Avon Grove High School. In his position as assistant principal, Snopkowski served as a building representative on the District Strategic Planning Committee, the Mathematics Curriculum Review and Task Force, and the Special Education State Audit.

He was a member of the Secondary Leadership Council, the K-12 Art Curriculum Review Committee, and the high school's Student Achievement Team and Accreditation for Growth Planning Team. He also served as athletic director for grades 9-12, led the master schedule development for the high school, and was the Local Education Agency representative for about 60 special education students.

Prior to joining Avon Grove School District, Snopkowski served as assistant principal in 2004-2005 at Penncrest High School in the Rose Tree Media School District in Media, Pa. He served as the district's athletic director from 2000 to 2005. Snopkowski joined the district in 1997, and taught business education from 1997 to 2000.

He began his career in education in 1996 as a business education teacher in the Wellsville Central School District in New York state.

Snopkowski is currently working on completing a doctorate in Education Leadership: Administration and Policy at the University of Delaware. He completed the Educational Leadership Certificate Program at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pa., in 2004, and earned a master's degree in administration, sport and athletic administration in 2000 from West Chester University in West Chester, Pa. He earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1995 and a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1994, both from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

Snopkowski is a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals. He was a member of the Pennsylvania School Athletic Directors Association from 2001-2005.

Snopkowski has also coached at the secondary level. He coached varsity softball for two years and was a varsity football assistant coach for two years in the Rose Tree Media School District. He also coached a middle school girls' basketball team in Wellsville Central School District in 1996-1997.

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