New principal named for UES

The Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board directors voted to appoint Michelle Lafferty as the new principal at Unionville Elementary School effective Jan. 26.

Lafferty, a teacher at UES, was appointed to replace Clif Beaver, who transferred to Pocopson Elementary School after Andrew McLaughlin retired at the end of the last school year.

In nominating Lafferty for the position, School Board Director Jeff Hellrung said the process of selecting the new principal boiled down to determining who can do the job, who wants to do it, and who will fit into the district’s culture and be a successful team player.

He said he’s been involved in a selection process a half dozen times, but that this situation was different.

“This is the only case where one candidate was so outstanding that she was sent to the final round of interviews alone,” Hellrung said. “Michelle just blew us away…She’s guaranteed to do an awesome job.”

John Nolen, a former principal at Hillendale Elementary and now the director of curriculum and instruction for the district, will serve as interim principal at Unionville until Lafferty assumes the position in January.

She’s been teaching in public schools for more than 17 years and has been at UES for 13 years as a fourth-grade teacher. During her time at the school, she’s been a grade leader, mentor, and head teacher.

Lafferty has a doctorate in education as well as a Pennsylvania Principal’s Certificate for grades K-12.

She is currently taking care of her 2-month-old baby.

Other business

The board approved a field trip request that would allow the high school indoor drum line to participate in the WGI (Winter Guard International) World Championships in Dayton, Ohio, this coming April.

Director Kathy Do said this is the first time for the drum line to participate at this high a level.

The board also approved a list of more than 100 potential field trips for this school year. Do said not all of the trips would be taken, but that any on the list are approved.

About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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