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Metzinger Named New Middle School Principal

Dr. Rachel Metzinger has been named the new principal at the Gerald G. Huesken Middle School. Her appointment was made official at the March 21 School Board Meeting.

Metzinger will replace Denis Quirk who accepted a position as Assistant Superintendent with Tulpehocken School District. Metzinger will begin her new role on June 6, 2022; Quirk’s final day with the district is June 3.

“Regardless of her assignment, Dr. Metzinger always gives 110 percent,” said Dr. Donovan Mann, the district’s Assistant to the Superintendent for Secondary Education. “Conestoga Valley is fortunate to have a quality person and outstanding administrator like Dr. Metzinger lead our middle school community into a brand-new building and middle school configuration.”

Metzinger has been an employee with the Conestoga Valley School District since August of 2009, having held various positions over that time. She has served as the assistant principal at Conestoga Valley High School since July of 2019. In that role, she established district-wide Student Assistance Program (SAP) procedures and served as the high school’s SAP coordinator. Metzinger also served as the District Attendance Coordinator and facilitated alternatives to suspension and restorative practices at the high school level, including the implementation of a de-escalation center. In addition, she supervised and developed a secondary RtII center and implemented the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) model. Metzinger also served as a co-chair administrator for curriculum.

Prior to serving as assistant principal, Metzinger was the Conestoga Valley High School’s RtII Coordinator from 2015-2019. She partnered with special education consultants to write and implement IEPs, develop goals, and assist with student placement. Metzinger developed curriculum and intervention programs for Tier 1-3 students in the high school, resulting in an average growth of 22 percent in RtII supports and services since the 2015-16 school year. She also coordinated the CV Mentor Program for 150 students and more than 70 faculty and staff members.

From 2009 – 2015, Metzinger was a life skills teacher at CVHS and got her start in teaching at Souderton Area School District where she was a district learning support teacher from 2005 – 2009.  

Metzinger graduated from Lock Haven University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education. She went on to earn her Master of Science in Reading from Gwynedd Mercy College and in the fall of 2021, earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Professional Practice from Trevecca Nazarene University in October of 2021. Metzinger also holds a Special Educator Supervisor Certification and a Principalship and Administration Certification, both from Penn State University.

Metzinger will serve as the first principal of the newly-constructed middle school which will open for the 2022-23 school year and house 6-8 students, a shift from the current 7-8 configuration.