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CSD Adds Data Specialists

ferraro and girman(November 1, 2023) The Cheltenham School District has added data specialists Rachel Girman and Kaitlyn Ferraro to the administrative team. Girman will serve as data and secondary curriculum specialist, and Ferraro will fill the position of data and elementary curriculum specialist. The hires come amid the school district’s renewed focus on using data to drive decision making that increases student outcomes. Girman was board approved at the September legislative meeting and began in her position on October 23. Ferraro was board approved at the October legislative meeting and began in her position on October 30.

Girman comes to Cheltenham from the Quakertown Community School District, where the Philadelphia resident had served as a K-12 instructional coach since 2019. In that role, Girman managed and maintained the LinkIt Data Management platform to build student data files, as well as trained district administrators to develop grouping and data analysis models for analysis. Prior to being an instructional coach, Girman was a high school English teacher for 10 years.

Girman graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in English and comparative literature, and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. She has attained certificates in secondary education, English and communications (Penn State), educational technology (Boise State), and K-12 principal leadership (Arcadia). 

With a strong passion for using data to improve student learning outcomes, Ferraro comes to the administrative team from Elkins Park School, where she was a reading specialist. In that capacity, she was responsible for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting student performance data, and worked closely with teachers and administrators to develop data-driven action plans and interventions to address student needs. The Glenside resident also collaborated with instructional teams to design and refine curriculum materials, instructional resources, and assessments aligned with K-6 learning objectives. Prior to becoming a reading specialist, Ferraro taught fifth and sixth grade at Elkins Park from 2015-2017. 

Ferraro attended West Chester and earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s degree in literacy. She also has an educational leadership certification from Holy Family University. She has attained certificates in principal PK-12 administration, reading specialist PK-12 Instructional II and elementary education K-6 Instructional II.