About the Superintendent
Dr. Nancy HackerDr. Nancy M. Hacker has been an educator in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey for the past forty years. She began her career in Pennsylvania in the Southeast Delco School District, teaching foreign languages, English, and reading in grades six through twelve, where she continued teaching for fifteen years. She subsequently followed her teaching career as a school district administrator, serving as a high school and middle school assistant principal and as an elementary school principal in the Penn-Delco School District. She then assumed a position as Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction in Haddon Heights, New Jersey, and was quickly promoted to Assistant Superintendent. After six years in that position, Dr. Hacker was selected as Superintendent of the Haddon Heights Public Schools. After serving in that role for six years, Dr. Hacker returned to Pennsylvania as the Superintendent of the Interboro School District in Delaware County before coming to the School District of Springfield Township.
Dr. Hacker is a Cum Laude graduate of Cornell University. She holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Villanova University, and a Doctorate of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Widener University, where she also served as an adjunct instructor. She has been an adjunct instructor in the Department of Reading at Rowan University and a literacy consultant for numerous school districts for the past twelve years, with much of her work focused on the development of school-wide literacy programs, reading comprehension and instructional strategies, and reading and writing instruction in the content areas. At Rowan University, she has taught reading courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, where she was awarded the Professional Development Advocate Award in 2002. While in New Jersey, Dr. Hacker served on numerous statewide committees on curriculum and instruction and educational leadership. Dr. Hacker continues to serve as a consultant to school districts, providing workshops for teachers on a variety of topics. She has been a featured speaker at numerous national, state, and local conferences over the past decade, for organizations such as the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the International Reading Association. Dr. Hacker has also taught graduate level courses in educational administration at Delaware Valley University. She is currently an adjunct instructor teaching Master's degree and doctoral level coursework in educational administration and education leadership at Gwynedd Mercy University, where she also serves as an advisor for doctorate students.
Board-approved Superintendent Goals for the 2015-2016 School Year
Maintain or increase current levels of academic performance of all students.
Ensure that at least 85% or more of students are on grade level in reading by the end of Grade 3.
Ensure that 85% or more of first graders are reading on grade level and ready to enter 2nd grade by June, 2016.
Increase the percentage of high school students with IEPs at STHS who have access to the general education curriculum and common core state standards in academic English Language Arts and/or Science courses in 2014-15 vs. 2015-16 by 10% or more.
Utilizing comparisons of standardized measures of academic performance, increase the proficiency of students in grades 6 and 7 as the result of the implementation of Writing Based Curriculum practices in their English/Language Arts classrooms.
Complete revision of English/Language Arts curriculum for grades 3 through 12.
Finalize selection of standards-based curricular program and materials for grades 3 - 5
Complete high school curriculum requirements and revision for grades 9 – 11
Finalize all components of the writing-based curriculum units of study for grades 6 - 8
Expand opportunities for project-based and experiential learning
Expand STEM and Robotics opportunities for secondary students
Identify grade level experiential and project-based learning opportunities
Complete creation of Maker Space locations in the MS and the HS, and identify relevant project-based learning activities for these areas
Develop an enrichment program based on Chinese language and culture for all students at Erdenheim
Evaluate program for expansion of Chinese studies program
Provide recommendations to the Academic Affairs Committee by June, 2016
Establish a 2016-2017 budget for the School District of Springfield Township with a tax impact that is equal to or less than the Act 1 index.
Continue to seek out ways to improve efficient operations and cost savings measures.
Create financing/debt schedules to assist with plans for long-range renovation and construction programs.
Complete negotiations for a new Act 93 administrators’ agreement.
Develop a 5-year district-wide plan for usage of district facilities and land.
a. Oversee implementation of a feasibility study to assess current conditions of district-owned properties and current land use.
b. Provide means for community and Township input and feedback regarding projected uses of school facilities and properties, and
construction planning for Enfield and the High School.
i. Schedule meetings for community input regarding facilities plans for the future.
c. Finalize plans for long-range construction projects for Enfield and the High School.
Increase district-wide efforts to provide equitable opportunities, experiences, and resources for all students
Implement 6 goals of Educational Equity for district-wide focus
Identify specific equitable practices that need improvement
Develop plans to ensure implementation of equitable practices across the district
Create district-wide committee to provide recommendations on implementation of equitable practices