With the district’s superintendent and an assistant superintendent stepping down, the Hatboro-Horsham School District approved a number of new administrators at its school board meeting Monday.
Monica Taylor, who is currently serving as principal of Crooked Billet Elementary School, will become the district’s new assistant superintendent for elementary education.
The position was held by Nancy Bobkoskie until then end of the school year when she announced her retirement.
John Nodecker, currently serving as principal of Downingtown High School West, will become the district’s new assistant superintendent for secondary education.
The position was held by Curtis Griffin who will be taking over as district superintendent following William Lessa’s retirement Aug 31. Griffin has been with the district since 2002.
Kimberly Myers, who was serving as the district’s director of student services, will combine her duties with those of Beth Gordon who retired in June as director of special education.
“I believe Ms. Taylor, Mr. Nodecker and Ms. Myers bring a broad range of experiences, talents and skills to the administrative team here at Hatboro-Horsham, and will be effectively leading us toward our ultimate goal of helping students reach new academic heights,” Griffin said. “They will be tremendous assets to the school community and I look forward to working with them.”
Although Taylor said she enjoyed her position at Crooked Billet, it was her desire to use her administrative experience and management skills at the central office level.
“I hope to promote and sustain our established culture of professional and academic excellence while finding innovative ways to lead the team in a joint effort, thus enabling us to continue to expand and grow,” she said.
Taylor, who is set to assume her new role July 26, will be aided throughout the transition period by Bobkoskie
Prior to her tenure at Crooked Billet, Taylor was an assistant principal at the Henry R. Edmunds School in Philadelphia. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from West Chester University and a master’s in educational administration from Penn State. In addition, she received her principal’s certification from Cheyney University and her superintendent’s letters of eligibility from Arcadia.
Nodecker began his teaching career at Hatboro-Horsham High School where he worked as a learning and adjustment teacher for the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit.
He then moved on to work in the Upper Merion and Council Rock school districts in faculty and administrative positions. For the last four years he has served as Downingtown High School West’s principal.
“I’ve always had a place in my heart for Hatboro-Horsham,” he said.
Nodecker’s main duties will include overseeing education at the high school and middle school levels with a particular emphasis on special education.
“I have a pretty strong idea of what I would like to accomplish and number one is benefiting students,” Nodecker said. “Really that’s what we’re here for, to help them reach their maximum potential.”
Nodecker holds a bachelor’s degree in special education for SUNY Geneseo, a master’s in educational psychology and special education from the University of Houston and is currently studying for a doctoral degree in educational leadership at Neumann University. He has a superintendent’s letter of eligibility from Arcadia University and a secondary principal’s certificate from Immaculata University.
Myers, who was hired in 2008, was in charge of supervising and supporting the district’s nursing, guidance, gifted support, school psychological and mental health programs. As the district’s director of special services she monitored all aspects of special support services, educational programming and services for students placed out of the district.
She will combine her current duties with that of the director of special education through the restructuring of the district’s special services division.
Prior to her tenure at Hatboro-Horsham, Myers was supervisor of pupil personnel services and a school psychologist for the Bucks County Intermediate Unit.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University, obtained her educational specialist degree at Indiana University and completed a supervisor of pupil services certification program at Lehigh University. Myers is also a national certified school psychologist.