POTTSTOWN PA – Mary “Beth” Kramer will start the 2018-2019 academic year in the Pottstown School District as the new principal of its Franklin Elementary School, 970 N. Franklin St., district community relations spokesman John Armato reports. A former Collegeville resident, her initial work experiences were in business and sales, then education, she said.
Here’s Kramer’s background and philosophy in her own words, as provided by the district:
“I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a teacher. I went to Saint Joseph’s University, graduating with a major in history and a minor in secondary education. After college, I spent several years in sales before having the opportunity to come back to work in education. I became a Social Studies teacher at Penn Wood High School in the William Penn School District.”
“While teaching at Penn Wood, I pursued my masters in educational leadership at Arcadia University, and earned my administrative certification. I taught ninth- and 10th-grade students for eight years at the high school, every day learning more and more from my students and their families. In 2016, I moved into an administrative role in William Penn, becoming principal of Bell Avenue Elementary School.”
“I learned that working with elementary-age students is an incredible gift, and that I gained a monumental responsibility to start my students’ educational careers off on a path to success.”
“I grew up in nearby Collegeville, and volunteered at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center – where my mother also worked – for several years in middle and high school. Pottstown always impressed me as a strong community in which people took much pride. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to come to Franklin Elementary, and to work with the dedicated staff and amazing families to provide new and exciting opportunities for our students.”
Photo from the Pottstown School District