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Cheltenham Resident Byron Ryan Named Vice Principal at Cedarbrook Middle School

Byron Ryan ELKINS PARK, Pa. (October 17, 2018) – With more than a decade of experience as a school-level administrator in the School District of Philadelphia, Cheltenham resident Byron Ryan has been named the vice principal at Cheltenham School District’s Cedarbrook Middle School. His hiring was approved at the Tuesday, Oct. 9 legislative school board meeting. His first day on the job is Monday, Oct. 29.

“The Cedarbrook family is excited to welcome our new vice principal,” said Cedarbrook Principal Marcy Hockfield. “With his dynamic experience as an administrator in the Philadelphia School District, Mr. Ryan will prove invaluable as we prepare our students for high school.”

Recognized by his peers for his visionary leadership in designing and implementing programs to support students in daily attendance, positive behavior and academic achievement, Ryan has served as an assistant principal at the School District of Philadelphia’s Northeast High School since 2016. In that role, he was the administrator for more than 1,000 freshmen and operated the school’s ninth grade academy.

He also filled the role of assistant principal at Northeast from 2007 – 2013. Prior to his most recent stint as assistant principal at Northeast, Ryan was principal of Theodore Roosevelt Elementary (2013 – 2016) in Germantown, where he successfully led the school’s transformation from a seventh-grade and eighth-grade middle school to a K-8 elementary school. His first teaching assignment was in the Olney section of Philadelphia at the Grover Washington Junior Middle School in 2001.

“My career began at the Grover Washington Junior Middle School,” said Ryan. “Ironically, the building was just built. I entered the building as a novice teacher in awe of my colleagues who were, for the most part, personally selected by the principal. It was an exciting experience, and I learned a great deal while I was there. Seventeen years later, I am entering another newly built building and I am just as excited to collaborate with a new team of administrators, faculty and staff to ensure the success of middle school children.”

A Cheltenham School District parent, Ryan graduated from Temple in 2000 with a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education. He earned his master’s degree in education administration from Gwynedd Mercy University in 2006, and is certified as a K-12 principal and K-6 teacher.

A native of Philadelphia, Ryan resides in Cheltenham, with his wife and children.