Cheltenham School District welcomes new principal at Myers Elementary
Myers Elementary School Principal Daniel Tahaney said he has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season.
After just a week of being principal at Myers in Cheltenham School District, Tahaney said he could not have entered a more phenomenal district.
“It’s been awesome,” he said during an interview. “The teachers are amazing and their instruction is topnotch. I have never been in a school where teachers are teaching at such a high level all day, every day. They really collaborate with each other.”
He also said he has been impressed by the children, the involvement of parents and the PTO, which he said, GoHs D PDgnLficHnW MoE oI thinking about the students and their needs.
Tahaney was unanimously appointed principal by the Cheltenham School Board in early October and started his fiUsW IuOO wHHk DW 0yHUs 1oY. 12. Tahaney is replacing interim Principal William Kiefer, who became principal in August to replace Myers’ former Principal Andrew Kuhn, who is now the principal at Cheltenham High School — a position he’s held since the beginning of the school year.
With 13 years in elementary education, Tahaney comes to Cheltenham from the Philadelphia School District, where he was principal of Hamilton Disston Elementary School. Prior to that, he worked as a math teacher in the Bristol Township School District. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Thomas Edison State College and a master’s from the rniversity of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.
He lives with his wife, Amelia, and 12-year-old son, Liam, in vardley, Pa.
“I always heard that Cheltenham was a good school district, and although I learned a lot in Philly, I never got comfortable in a large district,” he said. “The opportunity to be in a small setting, where people would know my name was appealing to me. This is a community I could see myself living in.”
Before Tahaney began his career as an educator he said he worked as a nursing home admissions director, before deciding he wanted to explore education.
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When asked what unique ideas he will bring to Myers, he said for now he wants to focus on getting to know the school and how it functions.
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“I don’t want to launch [into them] too soon,” he said.
One of the goals Tahaney said he has for the school year is to get to know the students, teachers and community and allow them to get to know him.
“I want to develop a shared vision of improvement with faculty and what we can do to close the achievement gap,” he said. “Any leadership transition is stressful. Building WUusW Ls WKH fiUsW [sWHS@. , WKLnk it’s going well.”
So what is Tahaney’s ultimate vision for the school? He said he wants Myers to be the best school in the world.
“I think it could be,” he said. “To do it, I think it takes everyone’s help and I invite [open] communication.”
Myers Elementary School Principal Daniel Tahaney.