Jacqueline Clarke Havrilla Named President of State Principals’ Association

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Jacqueline Clarke Havrilla Named President of State Principals’ Association

(Harrisburg, Pa.) — Jacqueline Clarke Havrilla, principal of Evans Elementary School in the Spring-Ford Area School District, was recently named President of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association), headquartered in Summerdale, Pa. Havrilla assumed her new position on PA Principals Association’s Board of Directors following the association’s annual business meeting held October 21, 2014 during its 22nd annual state conference held in Pittsburgh.

“It is my privilege to serve the principals of Pennsylvania, especially during a time when being linked isn’t an option, but a requirement, in this quickly changing world. It is important as leaders to continue to learn and grow as professionals. We have at our fingertips the means to connect that were not possible only a few years ago, and the effect that this can have on our schools and districts is limitless. PA Principals Association is the perfect organization to foster those connections and to give principals the tools needed to better prepare Pennsylvania’s youth in the 21st century,” said Havrilla.  

Havrilla began her education career in 1973 as an elementary school teacher at Turnpike Elementary School in the Sullivan County School District. After 21 years with Turnpike Elementary School, she became the assistant principal at Schuylkill Valley Intermediate/Middle School in the Schuylkill Valley School District from 1994-1995. She then went on to serve as assistant principal of Schuylkill Elementary School from 1995-1997; and from 1997-2002, as principal of Schuylkill Elementary School. She served as principal of Limerick Elementary School in the Spring-Ford Area School District (2002-2007) before assuming the principalship at Evans Elementary School, also in the Spring-Ford Area School District.  

Havrilla has been a member of PA Principals Association/NAESP for 20 years. She most recently served the association as President-Elect, and from 2011-2013, she served as the East-III Elementary Regional Representative on the PA Principals Association Board of Directors. In addition, she is an NAESP National Certified Mentor; has served as a panelist for PA Principals Association’s Aspiring Principals’ Workshops; and is an Alumni Board Member at Point Park University.

Havrilla received a Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood education from Point Park University. She also earned masters’ degrees in secondary guidance and rehabilitation counseling from the University of Scranton. Additionally, she received her K-12 administration certification from Bucknell University.

PA Principals Association’s membership of approximately 3,800 is comprised of elementary, middle level and secondary school principals, assistant principals and other educational leaders and is affiliated with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).



PA Principals Association’s Mission: To ensure a quality education for every child by comprehensively supporting the educational leaders of our schools.

PA Principals Association’s Vision: To be the best service organization of its kind in the United States.