Dear LDMS Parents/Guardians,
I am so excited to begin my journey as the Principal at Lower Dauphin Middle School. I have had the pleasure of being a proud parent and community member over the past nine years and I look forward to many more! Monday was my first day in the building and I couldn’t have been more thrilled at how welcoming the staff and students were. I felt right at home from day one.
Some of you may recognize my last name...yes, my husband is the Principal at South Hanover Elementary, Dr. Schoessler. At least I know many of the students will know how to say my last name when they join us in Middle School. I also have the opportunity to be the Principal at the school where my daughter attends, currently in seventh grade. Being here at Lower Dauphin really is a family affair and I welcome being an even larger part of our school community. When you don’t see me at a field hockey game, you can catch me planning my next trip to the beach or to Disney World for a RunDisney event.
I come to Lower Dauphin with 17 years of experience and they are all at the Middle School level. I was most recently the Principal at Elizabethtown Area Middle School from 2019 until last week. The first 15 years of my career were in the Palmyra Area School District, with the first 12 as the Middle School Band Director and then 3 years as the Assistant Principal. I have enjoyed spending my entire career at the Middle School level. I truly love working with this age of student and I find joy and laughter each day in the new things that greet us with this unique age.
I believe that all of our students have a unique potential to thrive and excel in their own ways. Each of them has their own talents and they are exploring who they are and what they want to be as they move through the Middle School and into the High School. Our Middle School mindset allows students to explore varied curriculum and opportunities so they can each engage and grow in their own potential. Not every path is smooth and you can expect some bumps along the way, but I know that we will all be able to work together so that our students have the best experience possible.
Starting as a Principal in a new school is never easy and these COVID times certainly add a new wrinkle to the transition. I appreciate everyone’s understanding and patience with myself and our staff as we all navigate these times together. Feel free to reach out via email or phone at anytime. I look forward to meeting and working with all of you.
Kara R Schoessler
Lower Dauphin Middle School