Adam Schmucker

While Adam Schmucker transitioned into principalship seven years ago, his 13 years of classroom experience have made him a life-long teacher. As principal of Trumbauersville Elementary School, Schmucker takes a coaching approach to instructional leadership, balancing facilitative and directive techniques to guide the learning process of teachers rather than disseminating best practices. As a result, teachers and staff feel empowered under his leadership, and his willingness to jump in and lend a hand where needed has inspired a contagious culture of collaboration. Schmucker’s humble style of distributed leadership is showcased in his facilitation of collaborative inquiry meetings, which have built a safe space for teacher self-reflection and data-based planning that retains a rigorous focus on the needs of individual students. This model has yielded key insights that have allowed teachers to adjust instructional practices to best support their students. Schmucker has led successful community outreach for families who are primarily Spanish-speaking and district-wide program initiatives, including the implementation of a full-day Kindergarten program that embodies whole-child teaching philosophies to provide a foundation for later success. He holds a B.S. from East Stroudsburg University, an M.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and an Educational Leadership Endorsement from Adams State University. He is currently working toward a doctorate of education at Lehigh University.