• Meet the Principals

    Email Erick Valentin
    was named Principal of Hershey Middle School in June of 2014. 
    He holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Education from Elizabethtown College and a master’s degree in School Leadership from Widener University.

    Valentin began his teaching career in the School District of Lancaster as a middle school social studies teacher and later, a teacher of gifted students. He moved to Central Dauphin School District in 2007 and served as an Assistant Principal at Central Dauphin East High and then became Principal at Swatara Middle School.

    Valentin brings a myriad of experience in the areas of utilizing student achievement data, school organizational development and 21st century teaching and learning strategies.

    Email Dr. Aaron Shuman began his duties as the assistant principal at Hershey Middle School in 2005.
    Shuman holds a bachelor’s degree in business education from Shippensburg University and a master’s degree in educational administration from Temple University. He also successfully completed the doctorate program in educational administration at Temple University.
    Shuman’s teaching career began at Hatboro-Horsham High School in 1998 as a computer science teacher. In his last district, Shuman served as swimming coach, advisor for the Future Business Leaders of America and School Store clubs, and mentor for the student teaching program.

    Tara Dorsey joined the Derry Township School District as an assistant high school principal in August of 2014. Starting with the 2016-17 school year, she also assumed similar duties at Hershey Middle School.

    She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Dowling College in Long Island, NY, with a dual major in psychology and elementary education. She also earned a master of education degree in curriculum and instruction from Penn State University, along with k-12 reading specialist and writing specialist certifications. Tara then obtained an administrative certification from Shippensburg University.

    Tara's career in education had been spent in West Shore School District as an elementary and secondary reading specialist, a middle school language arts teacher and literacy coach, and a high school English teacher. She implemented a successful writing initiative at the middle school, led a team to implement and roll out a behavior support initiative at the elementary level, and worked with teams to collaborate on instructional design, rewriting curriculum to align the curriculum map with PA Common Core, and helped rewrite the elementary writing curriculum.