Jacqueline Clarke Havrilla Named President of State Principals’ Association

Friday, October 31, 2014 2:34 PM

TO:   News Editor/News Director

CONTACT:    Sheri L. Thompson, Director of Communications, Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals

122 Valley Road, P.O. Box 39, Summerdale, PA 17093

(717) 732-4999 (Phone)

(717) 732-4890 (Fax)



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.


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Contact: Bob Farrace, NASSP Director of Public Affairs – farraceb@nassp.org – 703-860-7257

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014 11:43 AM

June 2014

TO:  News Editor/News Director

CONTACT:   Sheri L. Thompson, Director of Communications
Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals
122 Valley Road
P.O. Box 39
Summerdale, PA 17093
(717) 732-4999 (Phone)
(717) 732-4890 (Fax)




Joseph H. Clapper, D.Ed., Hired as Assistant Executive Director of State Principals’ Association

The Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association) is pleased to announce the hiring of Joseph H. Clapper, D.Ed., as the assistant executive director. Dr. Clapper brings more than 30 years in public education to the association.

Dr. Clapper will retire this summer from the Quaker Valley School District, Sewickley, Pa., as superintendent of schools. He has held that position since 2007. Prior to this position, he served as superintendent of schools in the North Hills School District in Pittsburgh, and as the assistant superintendent of Quaker Valley School District. He also has experience as a high school and elementary school principal, assistant principal, supervisor of instruction, elementary teacher and secondary English/reading teacher.

In addition, Dr. Clapper was an assistant professor of education at Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pa., teaching undergraduate coursework in educational psychology, foundations of education, elementary and secondary instructional methods and early childhood education, as well as a field experience coordinator and staff development instructor for The Pennsylvania State University. While in this position, he created a new student teaching center in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.

“I am thrilled about this unique opportunity to advocate for our profession on behalf of the members of PA Principals Association. I am proud to represent PA Principals Association and will do my part to improve educational opportunities for students and educators across the Commonwealth.”

Dr. Clapper has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his highly esteemed career in education, such as the Penn State Leadership and Service Award (which will be awarded in October 2014); the Tri-State Distinguished Educator Award (March 2014); the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrator’s (PASA) Award for Service to the Profession (2013); and the William E. Caldwell Award for Excellence in Administration and Supervision from the Pennsylvania School Study Council (2013). He currently serves on PASA’s Board of Governors; as the chairperson of the Leadership Services Team for the superintendents in the Allegheny Intermediate Unit; and is the Superintendent of Record for the Parkway Career and Technology Center. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s State Assessment Advisory Committee, the American Association of School Administrators, the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, among others.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in education and a master’s degree in educational administration from Shippensburg University. He earned his doctorate of education in curriculum and instruction from The Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Clapper is married to Dr. Christy Clapper, who is a retired school counselor. Their daughter, Laura, will be pursuing her doctorate in music in the fall at Florida State University.

Dr. Clapper is scheduled to begin his duties at PA Principals Association in August, which will include advocacy work for the association; providing assistance to members via professional advice and referring legal matters, where appropriate; and assisting with professional development needs for members.