Meet the Candidates
Here are our candidates in the order they appear on the May 2023 primary ballot:
Sarah has been regularly attending school board meetings for more than two years and is well-informed of the current issues facing our district. She is an experienced business owner who understands the importance of using resources wisely and has worked in the EASD as an instructional paraprofessional. Sarah will bring a unique voice to the school board with her inside- understanding of what’s going on in the schools while also recognizing the importance of being responsible with our citizens’ tax dollars.
Karin is a 17-year resident of Elizabethtown, PA. She grew up in neighboring Lebanon County and graduated from Annville-Cleona High School. After living in the midwest, Washington, DC, and Brazil, Karin returned to Pennsylvania with her husband to raise their three children in Lancaster County. Karin fully supports public education and has spent time volunteering in classrooms in Mill Road Elementary and Bear Creek School, working with students, teachers and other parents to help all children get the education they deserve.
Karin is a licensed clinical social worker who is employed as a school-based therapist in a local school district, and spends one evening a week providing mental health care in a private practice setting. In her free time, Karin loves to watch her children participate in school sports and music performances. She also enjoys walking with friends and reading fiction.
Dwight Eichelberger, MD
I have been a family physician in the community for over 15 years, and also deeply involved in the electronic medical records deployment for the health system in which I am employed. Both of those activities give me a keen appreciation for the value of education in preparing students for high value jobs in the workplace. That isn't just about the acquisition of facts, but also the ability to evaluate problems from multiple perspectives. Developing the ability to think critically often requires engaging with challenging material and learning how to value the perspectives of others.
The economic wellbeing of our community requires investing in a school system that not only prepares our children for tomorrow, but also attracts prospective residents looking for a quality school system for their children. Let’s not be penny wise but pound foolish about funding our schools!
Kelly was born and raised in Elizabethtown and was president of her EASD class. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame where she studied Anthropology and Education, Schooling & Society. She planned to earn a graduate degree and teaching certificate to teach secondary Social Studies but changed paths as the landscape of public education evolved with the passing of No Child Left Behind. She has continued to have a deep interest in and fierce advocacy for public education. She ran for school board in 2017 and has attended board meetings regularly since.
Kelly has a Master's degree in Religion and has served for 16 years as a professional healthcare chaplain in local health systems. This work requires deep listening and understanding of how problems and challenges exist not only in individuals but in systems. It involves difficult decision-making and a thorough understanding of ethics.
While navigating working and raising three children, she has picked up a wide range of skills, knowledge, and local connections in both employment and volunteer settings. She loves volunteering in our schools and being a theater and swim parent. She reads, runs, crochets, and thrives on being highly involved in organized efforts to encourage Elizabethtown to be an inclusive and vitalized community.
Kristy was born and raised in Philadelphia. She attended King's College in Wilkes-Barre, PA, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English / Secondary Education. She was first hired to teach English at Bishop McDevitt High School in Wyncote, PA, and has since taught in three other public school districts including Spring-Ford Area in Royersford, PA, and Bradford Area in Bradford, PA. In 2011, she earned a Master's degree in Educational Development and Strategies from Wilkes University. She seeking a second Master's degree in Gifted Education from Millersville University. She is currently employed by a neighboring Lancaster County public school district and is in her 17th year of teaching.
She has been a resident of Mount Joy Township since moving to Lancaster County with her husband and their two children in 2017. Her children are students at East High Elementary and Bear Creek. Kristy is a member of the Bear Creek PTO. She enjoys supporting her kids on the sidelines of GEARS youth basketball, Upward flag football, Rheems Athletic Association softball, and Elizabethtown Boys Club baseball. Her hobbies include knitting baby blankets, reading, and gardening.