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 Corbett, 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 Mrs. Corbett at KellyCorbett@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
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Hello! I am Dr. Jennifer Peszek and I am the Special Education Supervisor here at Copper Beech. This is my 17th year in the school district and my second year at Copper Beech. I began my experience in the Abington School District as an Autistic Support teacher at Rydal Elementary. My experience as an administrator started as a Curriculum Specialist at Overlook and I then became the Special Education Supervisor at Overlook, Highland, Roslyn, and Willow Hill elementary schools.
My educational background includes a B.A. in Elementary and Special Education from Temple University. A Masters of Science, which includes a Reading Specialist certification from Gwynedd Mercy University. I received my Doctorate in Educational Administration from Arcadia University, along with my principal certification and my special education supervisor certification.
I am honored to be a part of the Copper Beech community. I believe a collaborative relationship with parents, teachers, administrators, and the community are imperative in creating success for each student. Open and transparent communication between school and home is important to work through any obstacles that we may face along the way in educating your child. I am a strong advocate for inclusive practices and I believe every child with an IEP deserves the same opportunities as their peers. I am fully committed to ensure that we meet the needs of each of our students.
Contact Dr. Peszek at: JenniferPeszek@Abington.k12.pa.us