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Principal Matthew Stern

sternMatthew Stern is the Principal at East Pennsboro Elementary School. Before coming to East Pennsboro, he served as a classroom teacher at Mechanicsburg Area School District, teaching 9th Grade American Studies, Psychology and Advanced Placement Psychology.


Mr. Stern grew up in Downingtown, Pennsylvania and moved to Cumberland County as a college student, attending Shippensburg University.  He completed his Bachelor of Science of Education in 2008, his Masters in Teaching and Learning from Lock Haven University, and a Certificate in Educational Leadership from Shippensburg University. Mr. Stern is currently continuing his coursework at Shippensburg University.


Outside of school, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.  He loves to read, especially historical non-fiction and biographies. He also enjoys staying active through running, hiking and kayaking.


The work of public education is the foundation of our society. As a teacher (and student) of history and social sciences, Mr. Stern recognizes the importance of our mission as a school district and hopes to support a system where all students can grow and succeed.

Assistant Principal Dan Etter

dan eDan Etter is the Assistant Principal at East Pennsboro Elementary School.  This is Dan’s 12th year at East Pennsboro, where he has served as a Health and Physical Education teacher at West Creek Hills for six years, Health, PE, and Driver’s Education teacher at EP High School for three years, and he is now in his third year as Assistant Principal at East Pennsboro Elementary. 


Dan is a proud graduate of the East Pennsboro Class of 2006, and later graduated from Messiah College where he also played and coached collegiate baseball for the Falcons while earning his education degree in Health and Physical Education.  Dan went on to earn his Masters in Educational Leadership at the California University of Pennsylvania.


Outside of school, Dan enjoys spending time with his wife and three young children and his yellow lab.  Dan and his family enjoy spending time with extended family at the beach, lake, and mountains while hiking, fishing, and also hunting and cooking.  Dan also enjoys volunteering his time as a youth sports coach in EPYAL.


Dan’s most rewarding moments as an educator is watching students grow into nice young men and women.  Dan works hard to build relationships with students in order to influence them in positive ways, and therefore finds watching our EP graduates walking across the stage to be one of the most rewarding moments of his career.  He is often reminded of why East Pennsboro and the surrounding community is a special place where he looks forward to raising his family.