Meet the Principals
Erick Valentin is an accomplished educational leader and passionate outdoor enthusiast, currently serving as the dedicated Principal of Hershey Middle School since 2014. With a wealth of experience and a commitment to fostering a positive learning environment, Erick has left an indelible mark on the Hershey community.
Erick's journey in education began with a solid foundation, as he earned his Bachelor's Degree from Elizabethtown College. Recognizing the importance of continued growth and learning, he pursued a Master's Degree from Widener University, further honing his expertise in educational leadership and administration.
Erick's professional trajectory showcases his unwavering dedication to education and his ability to excel in various roles. He embarked on his teaching career as a Social Studies educator for the School District of Lancaster, where he spent six years inspiring students to think critically about the world around them.
His exceptional leadership skills caught the attention of the educational community, leading him to assume the role of Assistant High School Principal for the Central Dauphin School District. For three years, Erick's guidance and vision contributed to the overall success and development of the district's high school program.
Building on his administrative experience, Erick embraced the opportunity to become a Middle School Principal within the Central Dauphin School District. For four years, he brought his unique blend of innovation, compassion, and determination to the middle school environment, creating a positive and nurturing atmosphere that allowed students to thrive.
Beyond his commitment to education, Erick finds solace and inspiration in the great outdoors. An avid camper, kayaker, biker, and gardener, he relishes every opportunity to connect with nature and recharge his spirit. His love for outdoor activities mirrors his educational philosophy, emphasizing the importance of exploration, growth, and personal development.
Erick Valentin's multifaceted background, combined with his unyielding dedication to education and his zest for outdoor adventures, make him an exceptional leader and role model within the Hershey Middle School community. His vision, compassion, and drive continue to inspire students, teachers, and colleagues alike, leaving an enduring impact on education and the world beyond the classroom.
Shauntae Iachini began her duties as the assistant principal at Hershey Middle School in 2021.
My name is Shauntae Iachini and what an honor it is to serve the Derry Township community and join the Hershey Middle School team! Prior to coming to the district, I served as a school counselor in Central Dauphin School District at Swatara Middle School from 2008 until 2014, at which time I transitioned into the Assistant Principal role. I served in this capacity for a year and a half before transferring to Central Dauphin East High School during the 2015-2016 school year. This year marked the start of my seventh year as an administrator for East High.
My educational background is varied. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Human Services from Elizabethtown College. My graduate school education through Shippensburg University consists of a Master of Science degree in Administration of Juvenile Justice, a Master of Education in Secondary School Counseling along with a National Board Certified Counselor certification, and a Principal Certification K-12.
My professional background is also diverse. In addition to being an administrator, I have work experience in juvenile justice, alternative education, foster care, behavioral and mental health counseling, positive behavior interventions and supports, and more.
As an educational leader, I hope to enhance student learning by guiding support resources and distributive leadership practices that build capacity for school improvement, student success, and overall well-being. I strive to be a continuous agent of change, while leading with deep passion for creating long lasting influence on the lives of students and families. I am excited to partner with you to cultivate Community, Opportunity, Citizenship, Ownership and Academics.