Principal, Mrs. Gloria L. Nalepka

Mrs. Nalepka is currently the principal at Trinity West Elementary School, where she has served for the past thirteen years. In this position, Mrs. Nalepka is responsible for staff and student supervision, creating and implementing building achievement plans, as well as district and curriculum goals, addressing staff development and all else necessary to promote and ensure a safe environment that is conducive to learning. Mrs. Nalepka began her teaching career in a learning support classroom in the Jefferson-Morgan Elementary and Junior/Senior High Schools in the Jefferson-Morgan School District. She also taught third grade and kindergarten, was appointed as head teacher of the elementary building, and later accepted an assistant principal position while serving as both Special Education Director and Federal Coordinator for the district. From there, she was offered a position as an assistant elementary principal with the Apollo Ridge School District and was responsible for the Elders Ridge Elementary School and the Sunnyside Kindergarten Center. During her teaching and administrative career, Mrs. Nalepka has coached and served as an officer of the Greene County Special Olympics. She served as a member for Relay for Life, partnerships in Character Education, Phi Delta Kappa, Council for Exceptional Children, PAESP/NAESP, West PTA, an associate member of PSBA and is active with local charities when the need arises. She enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family and friends. Mrs. Nalepka obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree with a dual certification in both elementary and special education from California University of PA. While an undergraduate, she maintained an A grade point average and was recognized each grading period as a recipient of the Presidential Scholar Award for outstanding achievement. As a graduate student, she also received a Master’s Degree in administration from California University of PA with her thesis being dedicated to that of Character Education. It was at this time she was chosen as the outstanding graduate student for the year by the Phi Delta Kappa Honors Committee. Having been a lifelong learner, she received her superintendent’s letter of eligibility from Duquesne University where she also took part in doctorate studies in the IDPEL Program. Mrs. Nalepka is very happily married to Edward Nalepka and in May celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. They have two children and four grandchildren. The couple resides in North Franklin Township in the Trinity Area School District.