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Jenkins to return to Unionville High School as new principal

07/05/2022 11:15AM ● By Steven Hoffman
The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District has announced the appointment of Dr. Amy Jenkins as the new Unionville High School principal.
The school board approved Jenkins’ appointment at the June 13 work session.  
Jenkins left Unionville just one year ago to be the principal at Bala Cynwyd Middle School in the Lower Merion School District.  Prior to this position, Jenkins was an assistant principal at Unionville High School for seven years. 
“Dr. Jenkins gained valuable building leadership experience over the last year that enhanced her skills and gave her the confidence to apply for the high school principal position - and we are certainly glad she did,” stated superintendent Dr. John Sanville.  “Dr. Jenkins is a strong educational leader who connects with students and staff and who will continue to build on the excellent academic and social emotional programs and the inclusive and positive culture at UHS. We are thrilled that she wanted to return home.” 
With 25 years of experience in education, Jenkins is an experienced leader who is passionate about providing high-quality academic and social-emotional learning opportunities. She is a dedicated administrator who focuses on making school an inclusive and positive place for all students. As a teacher, instructional coach, dean of students, assistant principal and building principal, Jenkins has demonstrated success in classroom management, student engagement, instructional technology, special education, staff collaboration and building leadership. 
Jenkins was part of an intensive and and thorough interview process. School district leaders met with Unionville parents, teachers, students and staff as part of focus groups to identify the desired qualities of a new school leader.  Each candidate interviewed with faculty, administrators, students, board directors and community members. The comprehensive process helped identify who would be the best fit as the next Unionville principal.  In the end, Jenkins was the clear choice. 
Her official start date will be on or before Aug. 15. Jenkins lives in Glen Mills, Pa. with her husband and two children. Jenkins is following in the footsteps of her father, Stan Piecara. Piecara’s entire career was spent in Marple Newtown School District. He spent 10 years as the principal of Marple Newtown High School before retiring as the secondary director of curriculum and instruction.
“I am so excited and humbled to be the next Principal of Unionville High School, one of the best high schools in the country,” stated Jenkins.  “I am committed to continuing with the excellence in not only academics but the social and emotional learning of our students. I am thrilled to be back “home” and ready to hit the ground running. Thank you to the UCFSD School board, Dr. Sanville and Mr. Hoffman for this tremendous opportunity. Go Longhorns!”