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New Ferguson Township Elementary Principal

Principal Kara TreweekOn Monday, May 6, 2024, the State College Area School District Board of Directors approved Kara Treweek to be the new Ferguson Township Elementary School principal.


Treweek succeeds Shelly Buckholtz, who is retiring in June.


A SCASD educator since 2018, Treweek has been the dean of students at Mount Nittany Elementary for the past year, debuting the elementary dean of students position along with Becky Kabala at Park Forest Elementary. During her 19-year career, Treweek has also taught kindergarten at Gray’s Woods Elementary and, from 2005 to 2018, first grade at Pleasant Gap Elementary School in the Bellefonte Area School District.


“I could not be more excited to begin the journey of being the principal of Ferguson Township Elementary,” Treweek said. “As a lifetime resident of Centre County and an alumni of State College Area School District, I am proud to have the opportunity to lead a school within my hometown. I am looking forward to forming strong relationships with students, families, community members, and faculty and staff centered on belonging. I look forward to leaning into the collaborative spirit and instructional strengths that exist within the amazing Ferguson community to continue the drive for all students to succeed.”


After graduating from Lock Haven University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education, Treweek went on to earn a Masters in Education focusing on curriculum and instruction from Wilkes University five years later. Last year, she received her principal certification from Shippensburg University.


Kara Treweek walks with Principal Mark Feldman

While at Gray’s Woods, as part of a practicum for her principal certification, Treweek created and facilitated a stakeholder committee that organized a year-long 20th anniversary celebration for the school. She also worked on an elementary district science committee as a kindergarten unit writer. For a second six-month practicum, among other efforts, she worked with her principal and instructional coach to plan professional learning experiences, and team-taught model lessons in other grades to help roll out a new reading program.


Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education Danielle Yoder said that, in selecting Treweek as the top candidate, the search committee considered input from FTE teachers and staff, parents, board members, and administrators. 


Treweek will begin transitioning to her new position during the rest of the school year.

By Chris Rosenblum

Photos by Nabil K. Mark

Published May 6, 2024