Message from the Principal

Dear Friends,

I want to let you all know how extremely proud I am to be part of the Eshleman Family. I feel honored to work with an incredibly dedicated group of teachers, a caring staff, collaborative parents, and children who are yearning to learn more. The Eshleman team recognizes and accepts that all children are unique, and this school community provides an exceptional learning environment.

I have always believed that when I started teaching I had found my niche. Six years ago I decided to leave the classroom to see if I could make an impact on an even larger group of children. I felt that being a building administrator would allow me to do this. In some cases, it has. In others, it has not.

As many of you know, my present job is Principal of Eshleman Elementary, Coordinator of the ESL Department (K-12), and Elementary Math Coordinator. With all of the recent federal guidelines, accountability, and NCLB, it has become more and more challenging to find time to work directly with the children. I would much rather spend my time working with the students than attending meetings, completing and submitting state and federal paperwork, and going to workshops.

I have recently made the decision to go back into the classroom as an elementary teacher. It was a decision made with a heavy heart. I felt that by making this change I would be letting so many people down. I also realized that by not making this change I would be letting my family down. I had to make the decision that was best for me, and going back into the classroom was it.

I am deeply saddened by leaving the Eshleman community and yet I am thrilled and honored to be able to continue my educational career with the Penn Manor School District. I have been with this district for 18 years now, and I can’t imagine teaching anywhere else.

Penn Manor has a pool of highly qualified and talented internal candidates who will be considered in the process to select Eshleman’s next principal; I will gladly work closely with my replacement in order to help make the transition in leadership happen as smoothly as possible.

I look forward to finishing out the year with my Eshleman family and I hope that someday our paths will cross again.

Very Sincerely,

John Matusek