Mrs. Bruder serves as an assistant principal and supervisor of instruction. She provides disciplinary oversight for 9th and 12th grade. Mrs. Bruder is the instructional supervisor for our science department, the STEM Academy as well as the School of Health Professions. She oversees Renaissance, the New Teacher Program, Kingsway Ambassadors and spotlight student programs. Additionally, Mrs. Bruder serves on our School Improvement Panel (ScIP), which focuses on the professional development of all teachers to ensure they can grow at Kingsway. Together with other members of the Regional Curriculum Team, Ms. Bruder provides professional development to all teachers, organizes additional professional learning after school and oversees the creation and alignment of curriculum and resources.
Experience and Accomplishments: Ms. Bruder joined the Kingsway team in 2016. Ms. Bruder has various experiences in STEM education with a variety of age levels. She has performed research as to the importance of STEM education and how to best implement this in the classroom. Ms. Bruder has been an integral part of the development of the School of Health professions; working to establish partnerships with Rowan College of South Jersey for the students. She has also been heavily involved in the evolution of the STEM academy over the years. Ms. Bruder has also conducted a myriad of interdisciplinary activities with real world application that prepare students for college and careers in the STEM field. With the aid of Ms. Bruder and the academy counselor working in conjunction with students, service learning has become a pride point for our students. Ms. Bruder has also increased the STEM electives offered to students with the addition of Project Lead the Way course work in Principles of Engineering. Enrichment opportunities such as Biology Olympiad and Science Olympiad, which has students who have medaled in competitions and Kingsway's team placed 3rd in the region in 2020. Ms. Bruder also oversees the curricula from 9-12 for the science department emphasizing the differentiation of instruction to meet all learners' needs as well as real world application. Ms. Bruder serves on the KRHS School Improvement Panel, which strives to meet the professional development needs of the high school teachers. She oversees the New Teacher Program at the high school ensuring that support is provided to the novice teachers and that all teachers are afforded the opportunity for growth at Kingsway.
Realizing that academics is not only factor contributing to a student's success, Ms. Bruder has taken an interest in the social and emotional learning which helps our students better cope with the stressors of adolescence which can sometimes be an impediment to the learning process. One of the ways she has served our students was through the development of a comprehensive freshmen transition camp which has sessions modeled after CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning), the nation's leading organization for the development of academic, social and emotional competence. Ms. Bruder works closely with the wellness counselors to ensure that discipline is an educational process and when necessary part of that educational process becomes counseling sessions on topics such as: coping strategies, anger managment, trauma, etc.
Prior to joining the dragon family, Ms. Bruder served the Black Horse Pike school district as a chemistry teacher leader for ten years. There she fostered her passion for STEM and began a STEAM academy similar to the one at Kingsway. Ms. Bruder has specialized in enriching competitive opportunities over the years. She has personal experience with the SeaPerch competition where her previous students placed first among the Philadelphia Regional area. Ms. Bruder oversaw the development of interdisciplinary curricula to better serve students’ needs. These included development of an organic garden, libraries, and proposals for land development. Ms. Bruder has worked for the Health Careers Opportunity Program, which was an enrichment program for underprivileged students aimed at closing the opportunity gap. These students gained exposure to health careers and were given tools they needed to succeed during the school year such as mathematical reinforcement, which was one of the supports she provided. Women in STEM fields is also an area in which Ms. Bruder has developed a passion, working with the Girls Scouts and participating in STEM seminars for teen girls. Ms. Bruder also conducted PLCs on different pedagogical strategies. She has mentored numerous teachers in various disciplines. She was also the National Honor Society and Science Club advisor for five years. Ms. Bruder also brought Challenge Day to the Black Horse Pike district organizing this event among three schools. Through the lens of social and emotional learning, Challenge Day provides youth and adults with opportunities to be fully expressive, build long-lasting relationships, and gain tools that anchor their resiliency and freedom for optimal life. The program helps to bridge gaps and opens the door to possibility during considerable uncertainty.
Education and Studies: Ms. Bruder graduated Magna Cum Laude from Gwynedd-Mercy College where she received her B.S. in Biology/Pre-Medicine with a Secondary Education certification in Biology. Ms. Bruder continued her studies at University of Pennsylvania where she graduated Cum Laude with a Master’s Degree in Chemistry Education, where she studied under the educational innovator, Rick Moog. He is credited with the development of Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL). Additionally, Ms. Bruder attended the New Jersey Expedited Certification for Education Leadership.
Mrs. Megan Bruder
Assistant Principal/Supervisor of Instruction
Master of Chemistry Education, University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Science, Gwynedd-Mercy University
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Ms. Patricia DiBartolo
Administrative Assistant to Assistant Principal/Supervisor of Instruction