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Welcome, Dr. Gregory Hilden!

April 28, 2020
 
Dear Wallingford-Swarthmore School Community,

It is with great excitement that I begin preparing for my transition to become the next principal of Strath Haven High School. The rich history of diversity and community that comprises the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District was one of the distinctive factors that drew me to your family. I look forward to joining this community of learners grounded in a well-established tradition of excellence with a thoughtful eye toward the future.  

During my twenty-one year history as an educator, I have been a teacher, coach, counselor, and administrator. Most importantly, I have been an advocate for students and educators. It is my goal to help all of our students maximize their potential while becoming lifelong learners, so that all doors remain open to them. This is accomplished by working as an educational team to provide a safe and caring environment while maintaining a strong focus on student achievement so that our students can succeed in the classroom and out. 

This goal can not be accomplished alone. Any successful school or educational program is the result of a collaborative endeavor. As a parent myself, I can not overstate the value of good communication, active participation, and opportunities for feedback from students, educators, parents, and the community in the educational process. Community partnerships give us our perspective and help us decide on our educational purpose. I look forward to continuing to foster these cooperative discussions with all stakeholders. 

In the coming weeks, I will create multiple opportunities to meet you and learn more about what makes the Wallingford-Swarthmore community special. We will need to take a nontraditional approach to our interactions given our current reality, so as we navigate the best way to do this, please look for information about potential meetings on the website. 

In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” I am excited and humbled to start our journey. As we strive to live each day with purpose, I know that the best lies ahead, and we will achieve great success together. #HavenProud

Stay safe and stay well,
 
Gregory J. Hilden, Ed.D.
Strath Haven High School Principal