Dr. V. served in his ninth year as principal of Scotland Elementary. Previously, he worked as an assistant principal for 4 years at Chambersburg Area Middle School-North. Prior to becoming a principal, Dr. V. taught Social Studies at Chambersburg Area Senior High School (CASHS) for 8 years. In his 7th year teaching, he was awarded with the Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year Award. In addition, Dr. V was recognized as a Rick and Lisa Teacher of the Week and was listed in the 2006 Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. In 2019, he was a recipient of the credential of Distinguished Principal by the National Institute for School Leadership (NISL).
In 2016, Dr. V. received his Superintendent Letter of Eligibility through Shippensburg University. He received his principal certificate and masters in Educational Leadership from Shippensburg University. Dr. V. graduated summa cum laude with an undergraduate degree in Comprehensive Social Studies from the same institution and earned the Teacher Education Award in Secondary Education. Recently, he earned his doctoral degree from the Millersville/Shippensburg Ed. D. Program. His dissertation is titled Mentor Teacher and Principal Voices: A Qualitative Study of Supports for Novice Teachers.
Dr. V. seeks to connect learning between schools, institutes of higher education, and external networks. He presented at the 2019 ATN Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools Conference in Washington D.C. on behalf of the About Child Trauma (ACT) Foundation Board, where he served as Vice President. Dr. V has co-taught a course on Differentiated Instruction at Wilson College as an adjunct professor.
Dr. V.'s immediate family consists of his wife, Melissa, two boys (Nicholas and Joseph), and a girl, Sophia. Melissa teaches at the secondary level. They enjoy vacationing on Seabrook Island in South Carolina, which is near Charleston.They look forward to participating in school events this year.