Dear Families of SDST,
We are excited and pleased to recommend the appointment of Dr. Catherine Van Vooren for the position of Director of Student Services for the School District of Springfield Township, effective January 19, 2020. Dr. Van Vooren will replace Dr. Johnston, who begins her tenure as Assistant Superintendent today. Dr. Van Vooren was selected after an extensive search process that involved multiple interviews, which included administrators, teachers, support staff, parents and board members on the interview committees.
Prior to joining us in Springfield Township, Dr. Van Vooren worked in the Coatesville School District for ten years. There she served as an Assistant Principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels, a Principal of a K-5 elementary school, and a Supervisor of Special Education. Cathy completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh, her Masters in Educational Leadership at Immaculata, and last summer completed her doctorate at Drexel University, after which she successfully earned her Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility.
Dr. Van Vooren currently serves as the Principal of Enfield Elementary School, a position she has held since 2016. In that role, she has focused staff development on enhancing instruction, including a focus on Balanced Literacy, Responsive Classroom and Inclusive Practices. She has constructed a technology implementation plan to infuse instructional learning technology into all aspects of learning for young students. Her attention to data analysis and its impact on student learning led her to teach her staff to use data to inform instruction and target student needs for all learners. She has provided leadership in the design, planning and development of our new elementary school and to moving the staff and students into the building this year. Dr. Van Vooren is a leader dedicated to serving the needs of all students and to creating a strong community of professional growth rooted in equitable practices. Her enthusiasm for learning and her dedication to the staff will no doubt resonate well districtwide.
As Dr. Van Vooren transitions next month into her new role, we expect to hire an Interim Principal to work with Mr. Fleming, Enfield Assistant Principal, through the spring semester while we conduct a thorough search for the next Principal of Enfield Elementary School, who we expect to join us no later than July 1, 2021. More information regarding the search process for the Principal of Enfield Elementary will be released in January.
MaryJo Yannacone, Ed.D.