Carol Powell, Ph.D. / Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
Bringing more than 20 years of experience in K-12 education to the School District of Lancaster, Dr. Carol Powell leads the Office of Teaching & Learning. Dr. Powell started her career work as a secondary school counselor, and has led student services and curriculum teams in urban and suburban districts. Her interests have consistently focused on how to support teachers in order for them to provide rigorous and engaging educational experiences for students.
Matthew Przywara, CPA / Chief of Finance and Operations
Since August 2007, Matthew Przywara has served as the Chief of Finance and Operations for the School District of Lancaster. In this role, he works to maintain all financial and operational aspects of the District, so the necessary resources are available to support the District’s strategic priorities. Mr. Przywara came to the District after working with the Norristown Area School District as the Assistant Business Manager. Prior to that he started his career as an auditor specializing in Government, School District and Not-for-Profits.
Abie Benitez, Ph.D. / Director of Schools
A specialist in instructional leadership and bilingualism, Dr. Abie Benitez supervises principals in half of the district’s schools. She came to SDoL in 2019 following nearly 15 years as director of instruction and school principal in New Haven (Conn.) Public Schools. During her tenure as principal, reading proficiency more than quintupled and math proficiency rose as high as 94 percent. She emphasizes coaching effective instructional leadership, building organization and communication.
Chris Lopez / Director of Student Services
A long-standing SDoL team member, Chris Lopez has served the SDoL community for over 20 years. He began teaching in Special and Alternative Education. He then moved to school leadership and effectiveness for nearly 10 years. He is currently the Director of Student Services leading the District’s Strategic Blueprint on Student Centered Culture and Climate.
Estevanny Turns / Chief of Talent & Employee Engagement
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Adam Aurand / Director of Strategic Communications
A 15-year communications professional, Adam works to ensure SDoL communicates effectively and efficiently with its various constituent groups. Previously director of marketing and public relations at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and public relations specialist at Conestoga Valley School District, Adam also has experience in journalism and private industry. He writes for and consults with the Pennsylvania School Boards Association and is active in the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce.
Colleen Marshall / Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
Colleen has worked in an office environment for over 33 years with the last 12 years in education. She is currently in her tenth year at the SDoL. She served as an Administrative Assistant and Board Secretary for five years prior to her current role as the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Educational Office Professionals as well as the Lancaster-Lebanon Association of Educational Office Professionals.