Chel­tenham High School an­nounces new prin­ci­pal

Glenside News - - OBITUARIES - By Jar­reau Free­man

The Chel­tenham School Board ap­pointed An­drew Kuhn as the new prin­ci­pal of Chel­tenham High School July 31.

Kuhn has been an ed­u­ca­tor and res­i­dent in Chel­tenham since 2003. With 18 years of teach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence on his re­sume, he is look­ing for­ward to com­ing “home” to Chel­tenham High School, where his ca­reer as an ed­u­ca­tor in the dis­trict be­gan.

Kuhn, who be­gan teach­ing with Teach for Amer­ica in the early ’90s, said the pro­gram gave him a well-rounded teach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that he en­joyed. Kuhn said he found a sim­i­lar dy­namic in the Chel­tenham School Dis­trict.

“Through Teach for Amer­ica I re­ally had a blend of ur­ban and ad­vanced place­ment teach­ing ex­pe­ri­ences,” Kuhn said. “I was look­ing for a school that was di­verse and high achiev­ing and that is what Chel­tenham High School is.”

Kuhn taught so­cial stud­ies at Chel­tenham be­fore be­com­ing chair­man of the high school’s so­cial stud­ies depart­ment for five years. Fol­low­ing that, he be­came the prin­ci­pal of My­ers El­e­men­tary School — the po­si­tion he held for the last three years.

Kuhn said that he is look­ing for­ward to step­ping into the role as prin­ci­pal of the high school, de­spite this re­luc­tance about leav­ing My­ers, which he said “is a great school.”

Kuhn stepped into his role as the prin­ci­pal of Chel­tenham Aug. 13. He re­placed In­terim Prin­ci­pal Harry Gaffney, who had been the prin­ci­pal from De­cem­ber.

Kuhn said that he has great vi­sion for Chel­tenham High, a vi­sion that will em­pha­size a pos­i­tive school cli­mate and cul­ture and fo­cus on aca­demic ex­cel­lence.

Kuhn said he wants to ev­ery stu­dent to have an area of aca­demic con­cen­tra­tion, like a ma­jor one would have in col­lege, where course work, co-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties and the grad­u­a­tion project will be in­cor­po­rated in the con­cen­tra­tion to make a more co­he­sive aca­demic ex­pe­ri­ence for each stu­dent.

“With a school of around 1,400 students, [some] students can get lost in the shuf­fle,” he said. “I want to cre­ate a smaller, fo­cused learn­ing pro­gram.”

Kuhn said he also wants to cre­ate a tone of ci­vil­ity and re­spect in the school and wants students to be fo­cused and know that Chel­tenham is a learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

How­ever, be­fore cre­at­ing a pos­i­tive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment for students is com­pleted, Kuhn said he wants ad­min­is­tra­tors and fac­ulty mem­bers to “be on the same page.”

“Once ad­min­is­tra­tors are work­ing co­he­sively then it’s about reach­ing out to fac­ulty and students ... to help build a pos­i­tive school cul­ture,” he said.

With a busy year ahead of him, Kuhn said he is look­ing for­ward to be­ing head of the fac­ulty and build­ing re­la­tion­ships with students.

“This is a big job and this is a tough school, but the tradition here is so strong we need to re­mind our­selves of how great Chel­tenham is,” he said.

An­drew Kuhn

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