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Waynesboro School Board names assistant superintendent

Wendy L. Royer will be returning to the district in which she got her first job as an educator

May 09, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
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WAYNESBORO, Pa. — When Wendy L. Royer steps into the position of assistant superintendent for the Waynesboro Area School District on Aug. 1, it will be a homecoming for the former Waynesboro educator.

Her first teaching job out of college in 1989 was in the Waynesboro Area School District as a learning support teacher for students in first through sixth grade.

She served as an instructional support teacher from 1992-96 when she became acting principal of Summitview Elementary School.

“It’s a great district. It always has been,” Royer said. “I left to get other experiences when there weren’t opportunities here for me. It was always my hope to return to the school district — this is home.”

On Tuesday, the Waynesboro Area School Board unanimously approved Royer as assistant

superintendent.

Royer will begin her duties at a salary of $110,000. Her contract runs through July 30, 2015.

“I think it’s really important for the district leadership to be local and to live in the community that you work in. If you work this hard, you may as well be where you raised your children and where you plan on living,” Royer said.

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Royer is currently superintendent of schools for the Springfield Township-Montgomery County (Pa.) School District, as well as an adjunct professor at Arcadia University’s doctoral program in Philadelphia.

Prior to that, she served in various administrative roles in the West Shore School District from 1996 to 2009, including as principal and director of elementary education.

Royer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood and special education from West Chester (Pa.) University; a Master of Science degree in curriculum and instruction from Penn State.

She received her elementary/middle and secondary certification in educational administration from Shippensburg (Pa.) University.

Royer earned an education doctorate in interdisciplinary program for educational leaders from Duquesne University from Pittsburgh.

Sherian Diller, who was named superintendent earlier this year, will assume dual duties immediately as district assistant superintendent, as well as continue in her role as principal of Mowrey Elementary School.

“I think that Dr. Diller brings great leadership to the district. We worked together as teachers 20 years ago. So it’s exciting to come back and work as her assistant,” Royer said.

Diller will take the helm as superintendent on July 1.

Royer’s three main goals for the district are student achievement, fiscal responsibility and using district resources wisely — doing more with less.

“I think our district can really thrive having local leadership. It’s like a dream come true to finish your career where you started,” Royer said.

Royer lives in Waynesboro with her husband, Dade. Her sons Tyler, 29, and Jared, 26, attended school in the district.

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