Pennsbury High School West has a new acting Co-principal after last night’s three hour school board action meeting.

The new acting Co-Principal Ms. Cherrissa Gibson.
The new acting Co-Principal Ms. Cherrissa Gibson.

A thirteen member interview committee met with several candidates, but at the meeting Superintendent Dr. William Gretzula said appointing Cherrissa Gibson was a clear choice.

“On candidate garnered a unanimous recommendation from the committee,” Gretzula said. “And their feedback was incredibly positive about Ms. Gibson.”

The praise from Gretzula didn’t stop there as he listed off several other projects to which she dedicated herself. He also recognized Gibson’s character as a perfect fit for the position.

“She was vocal about what she believes is best, but she respects the opinions of others and is a team player,” Gretzula continued. “Maybe most important, she models the behavior we wish to see in the adults and students at Pennsbury High School.”

Gibson accepted the position promptly, thanking the Superintendent for his kind words.

“I guess since I’m here in front of a microphone I should say something,” Gibson began. “Anyone who knows me, knows that I enjoy the time that I get to spend here in Pennsbury School District. I thank you for the opportunity and I’m excited.”

The appointment comes as the current Co-Principal of PHS West, Lisa Becker, will be going on sabbatical leave for the second half of the 2018-2019 school year. Gibson has served as assistant principal for the school district since 2013.

“I am very happy for Ms. Gibson and have great confidence in her leadership abilities,” said Ms. Becker. “The staff will be in good hands at PHS West with Ms. Gibson at the helm. In the past five years, she has taken on a variety of leadership opportunities, and she is respected by both our colleagues and students.”

Before working with Pennsbury, Gibson held a variety of positions in the Bristol Borough School District and Lower Bucks County. At different times in schools throughout the district, she was Assistant Principal, Dean of Students, an elementary level teacher, and Head Girls’ Basketball Coach.

She was also Head Women’s Basketball Coach at BCCC and in 2011, Gibson was inducted into the Bensalem High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Gibson holds two Master’s degrees and is currently pursuing her doctorate at Gwynedd-Mercy University.