Tonya M. Kepner
Hello and welcome to East Derry Elementary School! My name is Kelly Campagna. I will be serving as the principal at East Derry Elementary School and Indian Valley Elementary Center. I am very excited to open this school year and look forward with great enthusiasm to meet the students, parents, and members of the community who work together to make East Derry a wonderful place to work and educate our students. My experiences thus far have allowed for me to meet a very dedicated, hardworking, and team-oriented staff which places an emphasis on a student-centered learning environment. I am encouraged and look forward to leading the faculty and staff to “Educate each student to meet life’s challenges.”
I am originally from Cresson, PA where I attended Penn Cambria High School. Cresson is located in Cambria County and sits in between Altoona and Ebensburg. Pittsburgh is roughly 80 miles to the west of Cresson, which by proximity, makes me an avid Pittsburgh sports fan. After high school, I attended Penn State University where I studied and earned a bachelor’s degree in Kindergarten and Elementary Education. While at Penn State I had also participated on the Men’s Track and Field Team as a Javelin thrower. Upon earning my degree and gaining my certificate in Elementary Education K-6, I was employed as a substitute in the Penns Valley School District. One year later I accepted my first full-time position in the Juniata County School District as a fourth and fifth grade teacher. For next nine years to follow I was employed as a third-grade teacher at Walker Elementary School. My career in administration started at East Juniata Jr. / Sr. High School where I served as the Assistant Principal and Program Coordinator for the virtual academy. For the past seven years I served as Assistant Principal at Mifflin County High School.
Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my wife, Crissy, and our two daughters, Maura and Lena. Crissy is a social worker in an agency which provides tele-psychiatry and therapy services in the mental health field. Maura is in fifth grade and Lena is in first grade. When we are not at work and school, the Campagnas can be found riding our bikes, swimming, and spending time with family. The girls keep us busy and on the move with a variety of activities. Maura enjoys riding horses and playing basketball. Lena loves to run and bounce around which makes her perfectly suited for her participation in gymnastics. When time permits I also enjoy strength training, running, hiking, and spending time outdoors hunting.