Hello everyone!
 
I would like to welcome the entire McDonald Bulldog community to the 2016-17 school year.  I have the distinct pleasure of serving as our school's principal, and I am proud of the academic, social, and emotional growth that our students make each year. 
 
I am excited about the work that has been done to prepare for this school year.  All of our teachers have participated in professional development sessions this summer to sharpen their skills as educators.  The influx of iPads and Apple TV's will allow our teachers to infuse the education of our students with technology.  We will continue to incorporate a growth mindset with our students, where students will be encouraged to keep trying, and to overcome any setbacks they may encounter. We will incorporate high standards, giving students the tools to succeed beyond elementary school.
 
 Here is some information about my professional background:
 
I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Syracuse University (Go Orange!) and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Most recently, I have received a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Gwynedd-Mercy College.
 
I started my professional career at the A.B. Bruce School (Grades 3-8) in Lawrence, Massachusetts, where I taught classroom and general music.  In 2001, my wife and I moved to Pennsylvania to be closer to family.  I was hired as a music teacher at Klinger Middle School, and I have taught classroom music, and directed the bands and jazz band during my tenure at Klinger.  I have also taught two years of instrumental music at Stackpole Elementary.  I enjoyed serving as assistant principal at McDonald Elementary from 2010-2015, and was appointed principal during the summer of 2015.
 
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two daughters.  My interests include bicycling, running, genealogy, and playing trombone.
 
At McDonald Elementary School, we are committed to giving each individual student the opportunity to grow in a safe and nurturing environment.  If you ever need to contact me, please reach me at vanbmi@centennialsd.org or (215)441-6157, ext 16001.
 
Sincerely, 
Michael VanBuren
Principal
  
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