Mrs. Fatima Rogers, Principal
Welcome to Copper Beech Elementary School!
It is with pride and enthusiasm that I am the newly appointed principal at Copper Beech Elementary School where “Children Matter Most!” I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such rich traditions. It is a privilege to transition into this role in the footsteps of Dr. Stephanie Viola. Together, we will work to ensure that this change is seamless and supportive of all members in this community.
The 2018-2019 school year marks my 21st year in education. Over the past ten years, I served as an elementary principal in the School District of Philadelphia. In 2018, I was the recipient of the Lindback Distinguished Principal of the Year in the School District of Philadelphia. Prior to becoming a principal, I spent 11 years as a teacher and mathematics coach. My educational background includes a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood/ Elementary Education from Temple University and a Master’s in Educational Administration from Cheyney University. I am presently pursuing my doctorate in Educational Leadership from Saint Joseph’s University.
In my free time, I enjoy going to restaurants with my family, gardening, and cooking. My husband is a 4th grade teacher in the Cheltenham Township School District and our daughter is in Kindergarten.
I wholeheartedly endorse the educational tenets of Abington School District and the Copper Beech beliefs that each child can meet high standards with access to a rich curriculum and a strong instructional program that attends to individual needs, is unique and deserves to be treated with fairness and respect, is provided with a safe and nurturing environment focused on maintaining a positive school climate and can achieve excellence through the collaborative efforts of school and family. I am truly looking forward to building strong relationships with students, families, staff, and community members.
Contact Mrs. Rogers at FatimaRogers@abington.k12.pa.us
Ms. Kelly Hartnett, Assistant Principal
I am very excited to begin the 2019-2020 school year as the new Assistant Principal of Copper Beech Elementary School. My educational philosophy is based on an uncompromising belief that all students can learn, given a positive learning environment, strong and knowledgeable leadership, a committed and focused educational team, and an encouraging and supportive community.
My educational experiences afford me the opportunity to collaborate with diverse groups of professionals to meet common goals of increasing student achievement and community relationships. For the past two years, I have had the pleasure of being the Elementary Curriculum Specialist at Rydal Elementary School. Prior to becoming an administrator, I taught kindergarten, first and fifth grades at McKinley and Overlook Elementary Schools over my twelve year career in the classroom. My educational credentials include a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Scranton and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership with a Principal Certification from Gwynedd-Mercy University.
As an instructional leader, it is my belief that all students can learn and achieve educational goals when meaningful relationships exist within their school and community. I have built close working relationships with staff, students, and families alike. As we begin the 2019-2020 school year, I look forward to building these same positive and trusting relationships while continuing to foster a culture that promotes motivated learners and curious minds.
I look forward to a wonderful year at Copper Beech and getting to know everyone in the community!
Contact Ms. Hartnett at KellyHartnett@abington.k12.pa.us
Mr. Richard Welsh, Elementary Curriculum Specialist
It is an honor and privilege to begin my fourth year as Curriculum Specialist at Copper Beech Elementary. I began my teaching career in the Abington School District at Willow Hill Elementary School, where I taught grades four and five for the duration of six years. During my time in Abington, I have served on various district wide committees and assisted with events to help our schools continue to excel in the field of academics and character development.
I graduated with honors from Gwynedd-Mercy College with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. While teaching, I earned my Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Principal Certification from Gwynedd-Mercy College.
This being my 10th year in the Abington School District, I am eager to continue serving the community and helping our students succeed in the classroom both academically and socially. My leadership style is one that revolves around collaborative data driven decision-making, parent and community involvement, and the belief that all students can succeed with the proper supports and systems in place. Utilizing the hard work of our highly qualified administration, staff, and parents, I know our school can continue implementing research-based initiatives and extracurricular activities to help our students grow and prosper in today’s society.
I am looking very forward to meeting our new Copper Beech families and having another successful year!
Contact Mr. Welsh at RichardWelsh@abington.k12.pa.us
Dr. Jennifer Peszek, Supervisor of Special Education
Coming Soon: Photo and information
Contact Dr. Peszek at: JenniferPeszek@Abington.k12.pa.us
Dr. Steven Portman, Elementary Curriculum Specialist
Dr. Steve Portman’s is a Curriculum Specialist at Copper Beech Elementary School. For the past 25 years, he has taught grades 2, 5, and 6 at Glenside-Weldon School, and later, at Copper Beech Elementary. He has served on a wide-range of committees, including, but not limited to, technology, flipchart development, webmaster, building leadership team, curriculum development, and mentoring new teachers. He looks forward to assisting Copper Beech Elementary’s growth in academics as well as character development.
Dr. Portman earned his Ed.D. from Widener University, his MS in Education from St. Joseph’s University, and his BA is in English from Rutgers University. He holds a certification in elementary education as well as a certification in reading. Dr. Portman is currently attending Widener University in order to earn a supervisory certificate in curriculum and instruction.
Dr. Portman was honored as a finalist for the New Jersey Commissioner’s Certificate of Teaching Excellence and cited by the House of Representatives for integrating technology and instruction in relation to problem-solving projects linked to real-world contexts. Dr. Portman has also been listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers. He was one of twelve finalists for the PA State Teacher of the Year and is a STAR (U.S. Department of Education) recipient for teaching excellence. Dr. Portman is an instructor in the Governor’s School of Teaching Excellence and a national award winner for his creative use of filmmaking in the classroom. He is also currently an adjunct professor for undergraduate and graduate education courses at West Chester University and Rosemont College.
For the past 25 years, Dr. Portman has carefully relied on evidence-based data-driven instruction, the use of technology to assist learning, differentiation, community outreach, and a strong emphasis on Growth Mindset in order to help Copper Beech’s students grow, thrive, and succeed. His management style utilizes collaborative team work between and amongst administration, faculty, students, staff, and parents in order to accomplish our district’s belief that “Excellence is Our Standard and Achievement is the Result”.
Dr. Portman is looking forward to making new friends and welcoming back his many old friends in the new academic year.
Contact Dr. Portman at: StevenPortman@Abington.k12.pa.us