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Avon Grove approves new high school assistant principal

The Avon Grove School Board approved the appointment of a new assistant principal at Avon Grove High School on May 23.

Anton Ocepek will be filling the vacancy left by Angie Houghton, who is retiring at the end of this school year after serving in the district since 2001.  

Ocepek has served as a physics and chemistry teacher at the Downingtown STEM Academy and Central Bucks West High School, where he gained extensive experience in co-teaching, hybrid learning, and cyber instruction. During his tenure, he held leadership roles as a tenth grade team leader, curriculum developer, and workshop facilitator, where he spearheaded initiatives to enhance student success, align curricula with state standards, and foster professional development for staff.

Notably, Ocepek was the recipient of the prestigious 2023 DuPont Excellence in Teaching Award, which recognizes extraordinary teaching skills, effective communication of STEM inquiry and learning, and a talent for motivating and supporting students.

Beyond the classroom, Ocepek has demonstrated exceptional leadership in science research, serving as the science fair director for multiple elementary schools and coordinating student participation in regional and state-level science fairs. He has forged invaluable community partnerships, securing mentorships and research opportunities for students with local universities and industry professionals.

At the board meeting, Ocepek shared his enthusiasm for joining the Avon Grove School District. "I am very excited to start working with the students next year and look forward to collaborating with the faculty and staff as well,” he said. 

Ocepek will begin as assistant principal at Avon Grove High School on July 1.