New Director of Individualized Student Services Appointed
At its February 27, 2017 regular meeting, the Tredyffrin/Easttown School Board appointed Chris Groppe as the new Director of Individualized Student Services. Dr. Andrea Chipego, Tredyffrin/Easttown School District’s current Director of Individualized Student Services, recently announced her plan to retire at the end of this school year. Mr. Groppe will begin his new position on July 1, 2017.
Mr. Groppe brings 20 years of special education experience to his new role. He joined the District in 1999 as a learning support teacher. Mr. Groppe also served as teacher on special assignment in the Office of Individualized Student Services followed by assistant principal at T/E Middle School and Conestoga High School. He was subsequently appointed special education supervisor where he was responsible for developing and implementing the District special education plan; supervising District special education staff and programming; leading efforts to support students as they prepare for the transition from secondary school; and managing the District’s extended school year program. Mr. Groppe has been a member of the Middle School Advisory Committee and the District Diversity Committee. He was also part of the Strategic Planning Committee for the Chester County Technical College High School. In addition, Mr. Groppe served in the United States Army Reserve and was Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge at a US Army Hospital detachment. Mr. Groppe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education and a Master of Education degree in special education from Pennsylvania State University. He is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Saint Joseph’s University with an anticipated graduation date of January 2018. Looking forward to beginning his new role, Mr. Groppe states, “I am very excited to have this opportunity to serve our community in a new capacity. As an educator and parent in the District, I know that T/E is a wonderful place, and I look forward to continuing to support our students. I am T/E proud!”