MHS Welcomes New Assistant Principal

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By Terry Rogers

When the school year began, students at Milford High School saw a new face in the administrative office. Dr. John Epstein joined the staff as an Assistant Principal, replacing Jesse Parsley who transferred to Milford Central Academy over the summer.

“Milford High School and its students have a wonderful reputation in Delaware as having a welcoming environment and an educational system that prides itself on student accomplishments, in academics, in community service, and in personal responsibility,” Dr. Epstein said. “I am surrounded by passionate educators and engaged students, truly an administrators ideal set of ingredients for success. I have learned and trusted colleagues to support my efforts.”

Dr. Epstein earned a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship from the University of New Hampshire’s Granite State College in Concord, New Hampshire. He earned his Master’s in Teaching at the University of Phoenix in Honolulu, Hawaii and his doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He is married to his wife, Laura, who is a Clinical Psychologist in the Lewes/Milton area. They have identical twin sons, AJ, a freshman at the University of Delaware, and Johnathan, a freshman at University of Sciences. They also have a son, Samuel, who is a sophomore at Caesar Rodney High School.

The family moved to Delaware after deciding to relocate to the mainland after living in Hawaii since 2002.

“We wanted a state and community with strong commitments to families, education and outdoor activities,” Dr. Epstein said. “Delaware’s highly ranked in all three of those categories.”

Dr. Epstein’s biggest challenges come from being new, not only to Milford, but to Delaware. He says this means there are significant differences to be learned at both the district and school level.

“Every organization has its own rhythm of how the work gets done and I want to be certain my efforts work in concert with the rest of the team,” Dr. Epstein said. “My primary goal is to support the hard work of Principal Shawn Snyder and my fellow assistant, Kate Marvel. As I embrace all the facets of my position at Milford High School, my work has extended to leading caring educators to provide needed supports to our students and community members.”

Dr. Epstein hopes to find ways to not only serve the students at the school, but also to provide service to the greater Milford community through learning partnerships.

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