Hershey High School A Community Cultivating an Extraordinary Learning Environment
Meet the Principals

Dr. Joseph Kristobak, Interim Principal joined the Derry Township School District as the high school interim principal in January, 2017.

Dr. Kristobak is a retired school superintendent from Cornwall-Lebanon School District. He was Superintendent there from 2009-2013. Prior to accepting the position as Superintendent, he was Director of Elementary Education for thirteen years and elementary principal for five years in Cornwall-Lebanon. From 1986-1993 he served as Assistant High School Principal at Cedar Crest High School. While in the classroom, he taught middle school social studies from 1980-1986. He was also an adjunct professor at Lebanon Valley College from 2011-2014.
Dr. Kristobak received his Doctoral degree from Widener University, his graduate degrees from Shippensburg University (Elementary Principal’s Certification), Duquesne University (Master of Education and Secondary Principal’s Certification) and Villanova University (Master of History). He received his undergraduate degree from Thiel College.
Dr. Kristobak’s first day in his role as our interim high school principal is January 17

Pete Ebert joined the Derry Township School District an assistant high school principal in January of 2006. 

He was an assistant high school principal in the Central Dauphin School District and taught mathematics in the Spring-Ford
Area School District for 6 years.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Millersville University and Masters in Education degree and administrative certification from Cabrini College.

While teaching at Spring-Ford, Ebert helped align the mathematics curriculum to the PA Academic Standards for Mathematics, participate on the District Task Force for School Safety and Security, was a Staff Development Lead Teacher, and participated in the Strategic Planning Committee.  He started the Parent-Teacher-Student Organization while at Central Dauphin East.  He is a member of the Hershey Intervention Program and PYAP program coordinator. 

Tara Dorsey joined the Derry Township School District as an assistant high school principal in August of 2014. Starting with the 2016-17 school year, she also assumed similar duties at Hershey Middle School.

She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Dowling College in Long Island, NY, with a dual major in psychology and elementary education. She also earned a master of education degree in curriculum and instruction from Penn State University, along with k-12 reading specialist and writing specialist certifications. Tara then obtained an administrative certification from Shippensburg University.

Tara's career in education had been spent in West Shore School District as an elementary and secondary reading specialist, a middle school language arts teacher and literacy coach, and a high school English teacher. She implemented a successful writing initiative at the middle school, led a team to implement and roll out a behavior support initiative at the elementary level, and worked with teams to collaborate on instructional design, rewriting curriculum to align the curriculum map with PA Common Core, and helped rewrite the elementary writing curriculum.

Email Laurie Wade serves as an Assistant Principal for both Hershey High School and Hershey Online Learning Academy.

Wade was named as Hershey High School’s assistant principal during the 2007-08 school year. From the 2011-12 to 2015-16 school years, she also had related duties at Hershey Middle School.

Wade holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Penn State University. Wade’s experience includes 13 years as a social studies teacher and curriculum coordinator at State College Area High School. As the social studies coordinator, Wade successfully revised the scope and sequence of the social studies curriculum in order to comply with state standards. Of special interest to Ms. Wade is the role of the school community in encouraging and supporting citizenship and democratic ideals.