Exeter Board of Principals chooses Dr Christy Haller as superintendent

The Exeter Township Principals’ Council is pleased to announce that they have chosen Dr Christy Haller to be the next District Superintendent. Dr Haller will begin serving as Superintendent of Exeter Schools on July 1, 2022.

No stranger to Exeter Township, Dr Haller has worked in the district for almost 15 years and currently serves as the district’s Human Resources Manager. Prior to her role in central administration, she led Owatin Creek Elementary as Principal for one year and Lorane Elementary as Principal for 8 years, leading Lorane to an I Distinguished Schools Award. She first came to Exeter Schools in 2008 as Deputy Head of Reiffton School. Prior to becoming an administrator at Exeter, Dr Haller was a primary and middle school teacher and reading coach and administrator in the Reading School District for 11 years. Dr. Haller earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Eligibility Letter from Immaculata University, as well as her Masters Degree and Senior Certification from Alvernia University, where she received the Founding Dean’s Award. She completed her undergraduate studies in education at Kutztown University. Dr Haller also sits on the board of the Exeter Community Education Foundation and is a former trustee of the Exeter Community Library Board. As well as working in Exeter Township, Dr Haller has lived in the township for 22 years and has three children: Riley and Jacob, both recent graduates from Exeter, and Maggie, who is currently in first year at Owatin Creek. . She is married to Dr Christian Haller, an Exeter graduate and headmaster of Octorara Middle School.

Dr Ann Hearing, Chair of the Schools Board, said: “After a careful and thoughtful national search for the next leader of Exeter Schools, we are delighted to welcome Christy as the next superintendent. She has demonstrated her deep commitment to excellence at Exeter with her distinguished leadership inside and outside the classroom, as well as her dedication to building relationships with parents, teachers, staff, students, administrators and the community. We are confident that she has all the key qualities that our board, our schools, and our community wanted – and needed – for the next superintendent; we look forward to working with her.

The Exeter Township Principals’ Council selected Dr Haller following a nationwide search. At the start of the process, the community, along with students, staff, administrators and teachers, were invited to participate in a community survey which asked for the key qualities and attributes of the next leader of Exeter Schools. After collecting over 500 responses, the council created a superintendent profile based on the key traits that were identified as most important to community members. They were:

  • Reliable
  • Communicator
  • Committed to the Exeter Township School District
  • Visible
  • team builder

The Council then formed an interview committee to help select eight candidates to interview from the 14 applications received. Subsequently, the Council invited three candidates to return for second-round interviews this week, announcing their selection on Thursday.

Dr. Haller will replace Dr. Cynthia Mierzejewski, who has served as acting superintendent since Dr. Kimberly Minor left the district in February.

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