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Home   >   News   >   Meet the new boss: Warwick High School’s principal

Meet the new boss: Warwick High School’s principal

By Patrick Burns on September 7, 2016

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New Warwick High School Principal Kristy Szobocsan believes “technology is a tool, it is not the end all, be all” in educating students.

New Warwick High School Principal Kristy Szobocsan believes “technology is a tool, it is not the end all, be all” in educating students.

You could say Kristy Szobocsan knows what she wants and gets the most out of her students.

The new Warwick High School principal formerly served as assistant principal at the school and previously served middle school director at School District of Lancaster. She rose quickly, after spending her first teaching years as a health and physical education teacher with School District of Lancaster from August 2006 to January 2012.

The well-rounded Szobocsan also served as Elizabethtown College assistant women’s basketball coach from October 2006 to April 2009. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in educational leadership from Wilkes University.

Interestingly, her husband Steve Szobocsan, assistant high school principal, is serving as acting Warwick Middle School principal, stepping in for Michael Smith, who is on a leave of absence.

Last week during Warwick’s ninth-grade orientation program, the Lititz Record Express sat down for a brief interview with the new principal.

LR: What was your first thoughts when you heard you were considered for the principal job?

KS: “To know that the district and the school board had that much trust and believe me that I could take over as principal of the high school was very honoring and very humbling.”

LR: Is principal a job you consciously sought as a career path?

KS: “From the beginning, no. My mom is an educator, so education runs thick. I grew up in my mom’s classrooms. She taught elementary school. The school I went to was very small so I had access to her at all times. So during my study halls in high school I access to her classroom and volunteer so education was a passion and a love.”

“I went to school wanting to be a teacher. When I finished college I thought about school counseling and then decided to shy away from that and get a teaching job right away to begin with and during my first year teaching someone said that I should pursue your admin certification.”

“I enrolled my first year and I was at the School District of Lancaster County and I’m very grateful for all the experiences I had there. My principal right away noticed I had ability and let me sub in administration positions. So I really got my feet wet and experienced right off the bat and then I transferred here to Warwick.”

LR What are you positive about Warwick?

KS: I’m positive that we care about kids and we put kids first. I’m positive that it shows in everything we do, in every decision we make whether an easy decision like today celebrating our freshman or a tough decision like budget concerns, everything is through the lens of what’s best for students.”

LR: What do you see as your greatest challenge?

KS: “I think education is in a challenging state. There’s a lot of criticism outside the world of education. I think we have to continue to show why education is important for kids because it will really open all the doors to the future.”

LR: Where do you see how technology will affect teaching in the coming years?

KS: “Technology is a tool, it is not the end all be all. I’m pursuing my doctorate right now and actually just took a technology course which was very eye-opening. You don’t walk down the street without seeing someone with a phone in their hand having any information at their fingertips within seconds. Even my children at six and three know that the phone will tell them the answer to questions they don’t know. So I see it as a tool not a replacement of education. Do I see classrooms changing and looking different through the use of technology? Yes, but it’s not going to replace classrooms, it’s not going to replace teachers. We are still the most valuable asset to our students.

LR: Are you motivated by your predecessor Ryan Axe; anything significant you learned that you’ll continue?

“When I first got here Dr. Axe was not here there was an interim principal named Dave Davies and I’m forever grateful for the experience with him too. He came with a lot of seasoned knowledge that he shared with us all the time and then Dr. Axe came and the team we formed with Dr. Axe in the last two-and-a -half years was unbelievable. Sometimes they say in your career you’ll have a team you don’t ever want to give up and that was that team.

With Dr. Axe and Mr. (Sydnor) Harrison (assistant principal), Mr. Szobocsan and myself we clicked. We understood each other’s strengths and weaknesses and we were able to play off of them. So I will miss that part of it the positive is they’re all still here but in different positions.

LR: Can you talk about your family?

KS: “I’m married to Mr. Szobocsan. We have three children. One is in college pursuing a degree at Millersville. And then I have a six-year-old and a three-year-old. Our family absolutely comes first. It’s always been about kids for me. We’re blessed to have them here in this district and to be able to attend their events as well as fulfilling the roll as a high school principal.

We actually moved (to Lititz) in October specifically so out children could come to this district.

ER: Anything else you’d like people to know about you?

KS: “I just want people to know that I’ll work hard on what was built over the past two and a half years. And if anyone wants to come in and see what’s happening, we welcome that as well.”

Patrick Burns is social media editor and a staff writer for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at [email protected] or at 721-4455.

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