Meet Heather A. McCreary, Esq.
A leader who listens and acts
WHY I AM RUNNING
I am an avid supporter of public education, OJR gave me (and my family) an inspiring experience, and because of the core values that were instilled in me, still so important in our OJR community, I chose to run and give back to the District.
1983 Owen J. Roberts Graduate (Valedictorian), BS Ursinus (Psychology, Biology), MHA Penn State, JD- Thomas Cooley Law School/Michigan WORK: 1995 to date: Hampton & McCreary, local law firm with my Husband Warren Hampton (first office opened in Eagle Village) PERSONAL: two daughters (attended French Creek and OJR Graduates)- Sarah, OJR 2015, George Washington University 2019, magna cum laude, Temple Law 2022; Claire, OJR 2017, Bryn Mawr College 2021 FAMILY: Mother Roberta McCreary (58 year resident South Coventry, Upper Merion HS Grad, Bucknell University Grad); Father Ralph McCreary (deceased 2016, Conestoga HS Grad); Sister Rebecca McCreary (OJR 1987, West Chester University 1995); Brother Ralph McCreary (OJR 1984, PSU 1988)
VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE AND SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY
When my daughters started French Creek, I became an avid volunteer/supporter in the schools/activities, serving on all PTAs:HS PTSA President 2 years (fashion show-postprom 6 years),MS Dance Committee (13 dances); Girl Scout Leader; Robotics; Sports Team volunteer-soccer, lax, Age Group Swimming; OM parent; Band parent-Cavalcade/Senior Night; Musical- Marketing Chair, parent liasion; MiniThon-all night volunteer, etc., most recently the 2018-19 school year I helped start the HS Mock Trial Team, and serve as Attorney Advisor with my husband (this was the team’s first year, taking 2nd place at the County Championships!), a current goal is to add a Model UN team (engaging students at all levels is so important).
Service to the Community includes: lifelong member/volunteer of Coventryville UM Church (Staff-Parish Chair, Vacation Bible School Director); Kiwanis of Pottstown fund-raiser; South Coventry Auditor; Eastern PA UM Conference Board of Pensions-Health Benefits Director; Laurelwood Swim Club Board. Since taking SB office, I have served on SB Committees (Curriculum, Legislative-Policy, Pupil Services, Personnel, Finance, Extracurricular), as VP, and currently Chair of the Technology-Communication Committee. Prior to Board office, Board opportunities that were open to the public: Feasibility Task Force Study; Superintendent’s Steering Committee.
I participate in training all years. I am a trained mediator. I have been to the Exceptional Children Conference (GIEP-IEP) - Pennsylvania Bar Institute training; and also the Pennsylvania School Board Association School Director Leadership Conference in Hershey for three years, including Oct. 16-18, 2019. Seminar topics I have attended include: Recapturing Charter School Students, Strategies for Success; Better Budgeting through Community Engagement; Leveraging the Comprehensive Planning Process to SPARK Strategic Organizational Development; The Pursuit of Excellence: Leadership and Governance (Academic Achievement); School Directors Turned Legislators; Can We Talk- Effective Public Forums Focused on Learning; Career Readiness Activities for High School Youth; Getting PDE on Your Side, in special education investigations, and navigating the system; Youth Courts and Peer Justice; Pennsylvania’s ESSA Plan; Table Games: Tactical Trends in Collective Bargaining; The Wind Up and the Pitch: Effective Presentation of Liability Analysis and Settlement Proposals to Clients in Special Education Due Process Actions; School Law Update: Who’s Getting Sued and Why; Rewiring Education – Unlocking the Potential of Today’s Students (Apple, Inc. Special Educational Session); Public Education’s Future – A Story of Fiscal Policy and Politics; Removing the Barriers/Providing the Support for Underserved Students to Succeed; Demystifying the Evaluation Process for Superintendents and Assistant Superintendents; also attended the 64th Annual Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies Conference.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS ON THE BOARD
While on the Board I brought back these Committees: Pupil Services-Special Education, Technology and Communications, and Extracurricular; and helped restructure the board committees – every director has leadership opportunity, so more focused committee work can be done; implemented better district goal-planning with online transparency and evaluation for super/asst superintendent; implemented world language back into elementaries after 10 year-absence; **Responsible for GPA re-alignment – GPA rubric had not been reviewed from 2006- 2017, OJR was under-grading the students in their unweighted GPA by approx. (.5) – so an OJR student had 3.1 where their community peers had a 3.56 (Hurting college-tech school apps and merit money); reviewed weighted grades: band, chorus, orch., art and others now have weighted options-students are not penalized when taking these classes; new classes including 9th grade AP class; brought world languages back to 6th grade; hired new superintendent and athletic director, and split off separate activities director (who also focuses on assessments and IB coordination); 2 state of the art elementary schools opened; Transparency: Student Activities accounts reviewed for appropriate maintenance/use; Right to Know information is now easily accessible on the OJR Website; Future goal: Would like to develop old East Coventry into an advanced center for learning, magnet school, or community center for OJR, to bring more opportunities for the OJR students and revenue into our District.
"Hello! My name is KL...I would like to say a special thank you to Mrs. McCreary since she is always encouraging us to try new things academically to help with our individual success as students. If not for her, I would not be in front of you today asking for this club approval and be a part of an award winning mock trial competitive team. We talked about Model UN last year but we were focused on Mock Trial, but now we have the momentum to add this option. Before I was only confident on the sidelines cheering on the Wildcats on Friday nights, but have now found my voice elsewhere as a confident speaker who has my sights set on law school..."
Improving academic excellence for all our students (and raising OJR’s rankings), but also remaining fiscally responsible to the OJR constituents (ie we need to constantly evaluate to maximize the effectiveness of the services we are providing); and advocating for all of our schools. Also maintaining transparency to the public, which includes publishing agenda components in advance, and including fair comment-input at all meetings, and live-streaming meetings where appropriate.
**Serving on the Board is a privilege, not a right. Thank you to everyone who voted for me before. I hope you do so again.**