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Back to school for Muncy

By Staff | Aug 29, 2012

Children emerge from the school bus on the their first day back on Thursday August 23 at Myers Elementary School in Muncy. They are greeted by new principal Frank R. Jankowski.

MUNCY – This year at Ward L. Myers Elementary School in Muncy, the children were greeted not only by their Superintendent, Dr. Portia Brandt, but also by a new principal, Mr. Frank R. Jankowski. He is not a new face to the district, however. Although he is one of the youngest principals ever hired, Mr.Jankowski looks forward to his new position. His excellent background performance as a secondary social studies teacher at the high school, and his student teaching experience in the Philadelphia area have helped contribute to his new title. He was chosen in January by the school board.

After graduating from Villanova University in 2007, Jankowski began his teaching career at Muncy High School where he taught for the past five years helping out with many of the school district’s extracurricular activities.

Born in Bethlehem, PA, Jankowski’s family eventually moved to Berwick where Frank graduated from high school in 2003 and met his wife, Madge. They are happy parents of two young daughters, Grace, age 2, and Lucia who is just 3 months old. The couple currently reside in Muncy while Madge teaches third grade at Bloomsburg School District.

While attending high school Jankowski said he always knew he wanted a career where he could work with others and make a difference, therefore he ultimately chose education. While teaching high school at Muncy High School, Frank obtained his education leadership certification at Wilkes University. “The summer after the first year, I evaluated what the future might hold,” he said and pursued administration as a better fit for the school system. “I was happy with teaching, but my certification will serve me better in the future,” he replied. “I am looking forward to the energy and open mindedness of the youth. It will be fun to see their growth. The growth in elementary school is more substantial in a shorter amount of time than high school, because of their age.”

He said he was very happy to have been selected for principalship after Bill Ramsey’s retirement. “I will do my best for Muncy to accomplish what is best for the school district,” he said. He advises his students to have confidence in themselves and to maximize their potential. He added, “We want them to learn to interact with other people in the proper manner while achieving what we can academically. We are constantly tweaking our programs. He also said he is grateful to work with an administration and a staff to be proud of, offering much energy and expertise that they bring everyday with them.

Kristen Fry was approved as a new full time third grade teacher at Myers during a school board meeting last Monday. Jankowski also spoke of the 2012 Muncy Monster Dash and hopes the community will come out and support this annual fundraiser given by the parent-teacher organization for the school. This is the second year, and the school is now taking registrations for the 5K Run. “All proceeds will go to the students of Muncy,” he said. The event is scheduled for October 20 and will begin at the elementary school. Participants will course their way through the historic town of Muncy. Sponsorships are needed and there will also be a one mile ‘Fun Run’ for children under 12. They hope to have close to 500 registrations. For more information or to sponsor the event contact Nicole Meyer at 570-940-0226.