Berkheiser named assistant principal at AGHS

Matthew Berkheiser

On March 21, the Avon Grove School District (AGSD) board of directors approved the appointment of a new assistant principal at Avon Grove High School (AGHS).

Matthew Berkheiser will be filling the vacancy left by Gary Benasutti, who is retiring at the end of this school year after serving as assistant principal for the past 24 years.

Berkheiser has served in various positions in Cecil County Public Schools since 2009, including roles as acting assistant principal of Elkton High School and special education teacher for both middle and high school students. He was recognized for his dedication as an educator when he was chosen as a nominee for the 2020 Cecil County Teacher of the Year Award.

As an Avon Grove resident and parent to students in the district, Berkheiser is looking forward to beginning a new chapter close to home.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve in the district where we live and where our kids go to school, and hope that I can make a difference for the students of Avon Grove while in this role,” Berkheiser said.

While introducing Berkheiser to attendees of the school board meeting, Superintendent of Schools Dr. M. Christopher Marchese expressed his enthusiasm for the addition to the AGHS leadership team.

“Mr. Berkheiser’s experience as an educator and administrator will certainly benefit the students of Avon Grove and we’re very fortunate to have someone of his caliber joining our team,” Marchese said. “It’s an important job, and I know he will build outstanding relationships with our students.”

Berkheiser will begin the role as assistant principal on July 1, 2024.

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