Megan Cripe, new principal at Southwick Elementary

What made you want to change schools to become principal? What made you want to apply for this position? In my first year as assistant principal at Southwick, I quickly fell in love with the students, staff, and community.  The uniquely diverse community provides a rich learning environment for all.  I knew that I wanted to continue to be an advocate for families as they learn to navigate their child’s education through economic, cultural, or linguistic barriers.

Are there any changes you would like to make to the school? In my three years at Southwick as assistant principal, I have been mentored by other strong leaders and able to play an influential role in decision-making.  I look forward to continuing our current initiatives and focusing on educating the whole child. 

 How long have you been with the district? I have completed four years in East Allen County Schools.  My first year was instructional coach at New Haven Middle School and three years as Assistant Principal at Southwick Elementary. 

Can you list some of your prior work experiences? I began my career in education at the high school level teaching Government and Economics courses.  I have been a middle school Dean of Students as well as Instructional Coach.   I also have coached cheerleading and tennis at the middle and high school levels. 

What are you looking forward to most about this job?  I am most excited to be a part of our students’ lives at such an integral time in their development.  As a high school teacher, I never had the opportunity to watch a child learn how to read.  It is truly a magical experience as they begin to access and understand the world around them.  I look forward to supporting our primary level teachers as they create these early learning experiences that embrace the diversity of our community.

Mrs. Cripe will begin in her new role July 1, 2022.