Bucks County Herald

Strayer principal accepts new job


Derek Peiffer, an administrator in the Quakertown Community School District for 18 years, will be leaving at the end of the school year to become principal at St. Thomas More School in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Allentown.

“This is a great school district and a great community,” said Peiffer, principal at Strayer Middle School for the last four years. “We have amazing parents and students that do great things for this community and beyond. I’ve never worked with a more dedicated and professional group of people than our teachers, ever.

“I have mixed emotions about leaving, but this is the right opportunity for me. It is my calling at this point in my life to give back to the church community.”

Peiffer and his children, Emily and Ryan, were baptized in the Parish of St. Thomas More, two blocks from where he grew up, and he regularly attends services with his wife, Annjeanette.

Over the years, Msgr. John Murphy has recruited Peiffer to lead the K-8 school, and finally accomplished his goal. “When he wants something, he’s very persistent,” Peiffer said of Murphy. “Very nice, but very persistent.”

Peiffer said the ability to “share my faith with students” is a “dream job at this point in my career.”
Superintendent Dr. Bill Harner called Peiffer “an invaluable member of our leadership team. Derek is someone whose judgment and wisdom I have counted on.”

A board member of the Quakertown Community Education Foundation, Peiffer studied to become a social studies teacher at Kutztown. He received his principal’s certification and master’s degree at Lehigh. Peiffer’s first teaching job was at Sacred Heart School in Allentown, where he taught social studies, English, science, religion and physical education.

After one year, he left to become a social studies teacher at Emmaus High School, where he worked for 10 years. From there he was hired to be an assistant principal at Quakertown Community High School. In 2004, he became principal at Milford Middle School, before leading Strayer for the last four years.

“I’m more connected to the Quakertown community than the community I live in,” Peiffer said. “But I want to talk about the religious aspect of life with students. I want to teach it. I’ll have the opportunity to share my faith, and that’s important to me.”


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