Principal’s Message

Greetings Penn Wood Middle School Families,

It is with great pleasure that I join Penn Wood Middle School as the new principal and welcome you back to the 2023-2024 school year. I am very excited to embark on this journey to lead Penn Wood scholars to success. I want to assure you that I will work collaboratively with key stakeholders to ensure we have an amazing school year.

I am entering my 21st year in education and my 9th year as an administrator. I have served as an assistant principal and principal in urban schools across Philadelphia, including South Philadelphia, West Philadelphia, and Kensington. I am passionate about empowering children and aim to ensure all scholars love Pennwood Middle. I take pride in building a strong school culture, ensuring excellent instruction happens in every classroom and positive relationships are established amongst the school community.

A critical part of my leadership experience has been spent developing effective teachers. I firmly believe successful schools are a reflection of highly effective teachers. Therefore, through the collective leadership of Assistant Principals Dr. Carolyn Faulkner-Beitzel and Dr. Matthew Lammons, we will ensure every classroom is equipped with high-quality instruction and climates conducive to optimal learning.

Our Vision for Learning:

“Penn Wood Middle School, through the development of an equitable and rigorous learning environment, ensures scholars will be intellectually engaged in the 21st Century through critical thinking, citizenship, collaboration, communication, creativity, and wellness.”

It is my expectation that every child who walks through Penn Wood Middle doors feels welcomed, supported, and academically challenged. I welcome your partnership in helping make our school great. We encourage families to stay connected and informed by checking out our district website and/or Parent Square for updates and announcements.

Thank you in advance for partnering with us!


Myishing A. Cox, M.Ed
Penn Wood Middle School
121 Summit Street
Darby, PA 19023
Telephone: (610) 586-1804 x 3101
“Excellence, Nothing Less!”

Myishing Cox