• 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.


    Jacqueline Fuentes-Gillespie became assistant principal at Hershey Middle School in 2019, after serving as the Family and Consumer Science and COCOA teacher for 5 years.

    She holds two bachelor degrees in Political Science and secondary education in Social Studies from Bloomsburg University.  She earned a master’s degree in Classroom Technology from Wilkes University. She later pursued additional teaching certifications in Spanish and Family and Consumer Science.  Currently, Mrs. Fuentes-Gillespie is a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership and Administration at Immaculata University.

    Previously, Mrs. Fuentes-Gillespie taught social studies at Manheim Township School District and served as content specialist, online educator, dance team coach, new teacher mentor, and foreign exchange chaperone.  Since arriving in Hershey, she has been involved in curriculum writing with technology applications, professional staff development, 8th grade career fair, ping pong club, and various other building and district-wide leadership committees.

    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.