Kathleen is particularly passionate about making sure all students, regardless of their economic standing, cultural background, or learning differences receive a solid educational base on which to anchor their future and the future of their families and community. She resolutely believes that education has the potential to improve the lives of individuals and future generations.
Kathleen has been impressed with the range of opportunities afforded to Spring-Ford students and the academic and extra-curricular achievements resulting from them. However, despite the accolades earned by students and staff, and there are many, Spring-Ford Area School District hasn’t reached its full potential. In an article published by US News and World Report, Spring-Ford Area School District ranked 54th among 676 high schools in Pennsylvania. This is great – something of which we can all be proud; however, Perkiomen Valley and Methacton School Districts ranked 22 and 23, respectively. When looking at the dropout rate at Spring-Ford, special education and economically disadvantaged students are overrepresented.
Kathleen has worked in the field of education for thirty years. She has taught both regular and special education students. She is currently employed by a special education school in Plymouth Meeting where, for the past twenty years, she has worked as a classroom teacher, reading specialist supervisor, and as a curriculum, instruction, and assessment specialist. She has experience with school budgeting, professional development, teacher induction and evaluation, and student rostering.
Kathleen Drennan is one of four children born into a blue-collar family in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Her father quit school after the eighth grade and went to join several previous generations working at the Bethlehem Steel Company to help support the family. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, Kathleen was the first of her extended family to attend and graduate from college. While raising a family and working a full-time job, she attended night school for several years to earn a Master’s degree in Education as well as several specialized certifications.