WEST GROVE – Earlier this week, the school board approved the appointment of Janice T. Lear as the new principal of Fred C. Engle High School (FSEMS), Ashley L. Penn as the assistant principal of Avon Grove High School (AGHS) and Ardis Yokum as transportation specialist. for the Avon Grove School District (AGSD).

From July 1, 2022, Lear will join the AGSD as the new director of Fred S. Engle High School (FSEMS). She currently works as an assistant high school principal in Downingtown School District; Lear previously taught at Unionville-Chads-Ford and Treadmill-Easttown high schools.

“It is a great honor and humility for me to serve as the new principal of Fred S. Engle High School in Avon Grove School District,” Lear said. “Having spent my entire educational career in secondary education, I am passionate about giving students the best experience in their class and look forward to working with staff, parents and members of the Avon Grove community.”

Lear has a master’s degree in leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and received a major certification from Immaculate University.

In addition, the school board of directors approved the appointment of Penn to the position of assistant principal of Avon Grove High School (AGHS) from 1 July. Since August 2020, Penn has served as student dean at AGHS. Prior to this appointment, Peng was an English teacher at AGHS. She received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in educational leadership from both the University of Pennsylvania. Peng also holds K-12, English and Communications Director certificates.

The AGSD has appointed Yocum as a transportation specialist, the district’s new administrative post. Yocum currently works as a transportation manager in an intermediate division of Chester County and has more than 30 years of experience in coordination and transportation operations. Yocum will join the AGSD on May 2nd.

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