Principal, Secondary Middle Senior High School:
Dr. Felice Stern
I was born and raised in New York City where I attended Queens College and earned a Bachelor’s degree in English. I had also followed a pre-med track so, after college, I moved to Chicago where I went to podiatry school for four years. My husband and I practiced podiatry together in West Palm Beach, Florida for thirteen years until we moved to Pennsylvania where I obtained my teaching certification at Albright College; my husband joined the Family Medicine residency program at Reading Hospital. I then attended Wilkes University and completed their Education Leadership program and earned my principal certification.
I began my teaching career at Governor Mifflin High School and, for five years, I taught English to students in grades 9-12. My first administrative position was as an assistant principal at Manheim Central High School, where I remained for four years. I then had the privilege of being hired as the principal of Antietam MSHS and I am currently in my fourth year of this position.
The best part of my day at the MSHS is when I go out into the classrooms and listen to the students sharing ideas, working in a community of their peers and receiving knowledge and guidance from their teacher. I have a lot of pride in our students and what they achieve on a daily basis- in the classrooms, on the athletic fields, in the arts and music and in our wonderful theater productions.
When people ask me what I enjoy the most about being at Antietam, I tell them it’s the sense of community- wherever you go, people are friendly, caring and student-centered. I see it in the student body, many of whom have known each other all of their lives, and in the faculty who have the privilege of knowing almost every student by name. There is the same sense of community among the administrative team and the staff of each building- everyone working together to provide the best possible educational experience for our students. We may be small in numbers, but the opportunities, care and guidance we provide our students are more extensive and more individualized than at most other schools in PA.