Shafer Middle School Has a New Assistant Principal

The Bensalem Township Board of School Directors voted to appoint Joseph Crane to the position of Assistant Principal at Robert K. Shafer Middle School, replacing Aqueelah Ellzy who had moved on to Samuel K. Faust Elementary School.

Mr. Crane had been a classroom educator in Bensalem for four years, teaching Reading and Business Technology at Shafer. He had previously taught fifth grade at John Marshall Elementary School in Philadelphia.

In 2020 and 2021, he supervised the implementation of the 21st Century Summer Camp in Bensalem providing students with opportunities in math and reading enrichment, sports, dance, performing arts, and art. Earlier this year the Bensalem School District was awarded a $500k grant for that program.

“I am excited to continue to support the Shafer Community in my new role as Assistant Principal. I will also continue to support the district’s mission of ensuring a first-class education for the whole child that challenges and supports each student to discover a passion for learning while designing and achieving a personal vision of success,” said Mr. Crane.

Joseph Crane was also Shafer’s boy’s basketball head coach in 2020, 2021, and 2022 and the girl’s basketball head coach in 2022.

Crane earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master’s in Middle-Level Education from Chestnut Hill College. He received his Principal Certificate from Gannon University.


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