Cohorts, Coalitions, Online Academies and the 4Cs: Reaching Higher Targets through Aligned Professional Development

Ephrata Area School District is a K-12 public school of about 4300 students situated in Lancaster, PA. We have 4 elementary schools, 1 intermediate, 1 middle, and 1 high school. We are approximately 45% free/reduced lunch.



@drbriantroop became the Superintendent of the Ephrata Area School District in July of 2013. He has previously worked as an Assistant Superintendent within the District, as a Consultant and Program Director for the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit, as an Elementary Principal within the Warwick School District, and teacher in both the elementary and middle school settings. He has presented at regional and statewide conferences on topics of Board Governance, Change Leadership, and Data-Based Decision Making. Dr. Troop earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Millersville University, Master of Science Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from University of Memphis, Doctorate in Educational Administration from Immaculate University and recently completed a National Superintendent Certification Program through AASA.


@DanMahlandt has worked as the Coordinator of Virtual Learning @Ephratavirtual in the Ephrata Area School District in Ephrata, PA for the past nine years. He received his Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from Drexel University. Through Drexel, Dan has also studied the fields of Creativity and Innovation and Project Management. Before his current position, he was a Spanish Teacher for 18 years and Alternative Education teacher. The Ephrata Virtual Academy works for students in the District grades K-12 in both full-time cyber, hybrid, and lab settings. The responsibilities of his job include working as the Director for an online/onsite program for high school students, overseeing the use and growth of virtual programs, and creating new opportunities to leverage online learning for greater personalization.


@Peter_Kishpaugh is serving in his first year as Ephrata Middle School Principal. He joined the District staff in July 2014 and served as an Assistant Principal at Ephrata High School for the past four years. Prior to coming to the District, Mr. Kishpaugh spent six years at Altoona Area High School teaching physics and coaching football and track. He received his undergraduate degree from The Pennsylvania State University and his Masters of Educational Leadership and Principal Certification from Saint Francis University. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration at Immaculata University.