Jacquelyn Castleman began her duties as the Elementary Principal for Grades K-5 with the 2014-2015 school year. Prior to that, she had served DTSD as the principal of the Hershey Early Childhood Center since 2006.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in speech and language from East Stroudsburg University and a master’s degree in special education from Millersville University.
Castleman has previously served as an elementary literacy coach for the Derry Township School District. In this position, she worked collaboratively with the elementary principals and the director of curriculum and instruction to ensure a match between curriculum, instruction, and assessment. She also supported the analysis of data and student learning outcomes, modeled lessons that focused on specific skills identified through the analysis, and provided training and consultation for teachers.
Castleman’s teaching career began in Lancaster as a learning support teacher for the School District of Lancaster. Before joining Derry Township schools, she also worked as a staff development and training specialist and as an education consultant for Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit.
Anna Gawel serves as the assistant principal for the intermediate elementary school, a role she assumed at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.
Gawel obtained her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Music from Marywood University.
Gawel has been with Derry Township School District for 12 years. She has worked as a First Grade Teacher and a Kindergarten through 8th grade Technology Instructional Coach. During that time she obtained a Masters Degree from Millersville University in Language/Literacy and a Kindergarten through 12th grade Reading Specialist certification. Gawel also obtained her Kindergarten through 12th grade Principal Certification from Penn State University.
During her time with the district, Anna assisted with technology integration in the classroom, faculty trainings, instructional design and curriculum development. She is continually looking for new ways to enrich the learning community every day.