Strategic Plan

Focus Forward 2025

It is an exciting time in the William Penn School District as our 2021-2025 Strategic Plan is underway.

We are setting the direction of the future of the District, and you are encouraged to get involved. This is an inclusive process where all voices have the opportunity to be heard and help to create a shared vision for the course of the William Penn School District.

Three overarching priorities will guide the development of the Plan:

  1. Cohesiveness – Partner with families, communities, and public organizations to foster shared ownership of schools and collectively create opportunities for student success;
  2. Academic Excellence – Review and examine the District’s academic programming, to include processes, programs, protocols, and structures that promote academic growth;
  3. Efficiency and Effectiveness – Demonstrate financial accountability and an ethic of care for students and staff.


Task Force

Shawn Anthony, Elementary Teacher – Walnut Street Elementary School
Bonnee Breese Benton, Education Chair – Delaware County Black Caucus
Troy Brooks, Secondary Teacher – Penn Wood High School
Randolph Carpenter, Secondary Teacher – Penn Wood Middle School
Dr. Harry Costigan, Chief of Staff & VP for Strategic Planning – Delaware County Community College
Ashley Dawson, High School Parent
Joseph Denelsbeck, Principal – Penn Wood Middle School
Katherine Eichman, Special Education Teacher – Penn Wood Middle School
Amy Hostetter, Elementary Gifted Support Teacher
Leon Howard, President – Yeadon Athletic Education Association
Demetria Hurnton, Parent – Penn Wood Middle School
Brittany Lawrence, Elementary Teacher – Park Lane Elementary School
Dr. Judy Lee, Principal – Penn Wood High School
Afia Lewis, Elementary Teacher – Ardmore Avenue Elementary School
Trish McFarland, President – Delaware County Chamber of Commerce
Nicole Miller, Elementary Teacher – WB Evans Elementary School
Malik Mshinda, Elementary Parent
Javon Oates, Principal – Bell Avenue Elementary School
Kevin Reilly, Elementary Teacher – Colwyn Elementary School
Anthony Santoro, Elementary Teacher – Aldan Elementary School



Superintendent and Central Office Administration

Dr. Eric Becoats, Superintendent
Deirdre Abrahamsson, Communications and Marketing Supervisor
Elizabeth Dortone, Operations Manager
Robert Kaufmann, Business Administrator
Warren Danenza, Supervisor of Innovation and Personalized Learning
Kate Crossett, Special Education Lead
Danielle Seward, Executive Director of Student Services


Focus Group meetings

As the development and the success of the Strategic Plan depends on our whole community, a series of Focus Group meetings were held on Zoom. This allowed stakeholders in our community to share their input and contribute to the Plan.


Strategic Plan Focus Group Sessions
Date Time Group
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 4:30pm Teachers
Friday, February 5, 2021 12:30pm Students (Grades 7-12)
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 6:30pm Parents
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 10:30am WPSD Administrative Staff
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 6:00pm Borough Officials
Saturday, February 20, 2021 10:00am Open Group (All are welcome)
Strategic Plan Update (As of April 2023)
2023 Climate, Culture, and Engagement Survey Results