Principal to leave district after 21 years

Updated: Oct 7

 After more than 20 years in the Cornwall-Lebanon School District, Principal Dr. Nicole Malinoski will be leaving to take the principal position at Cumberland Valley this fall.

 Malinoski, who has served as principal at Cedar Crest for seven years, is excited about the pride students and staff now show in their school.

 “I honestly believe students’ pride in their school (has grown),” said Malinoski. “I think when I got here; the only people that really associated with having pride were athletes. Over the last seven years, we instilled that every student has pride no matter what you do: in the band, artist, in the student section, anyone that walks these halls.”

 Malinoski hopes to have made more leaders out of her staff in her time here along with leaving Cedar Crest in a better condition than when she became principal. She is extremely proud of the staff’s ability to tackle any situation.

 “I truly believe that we operate as a family, and we solve the problem together,” said Malinoski.

 Malinoski has connected to the staff and students through dedication to Cedar Crest as a whole. Guidance counselor Jennifer Knight believes that Dr. Malinoski has worked hard in order to make sure that all members of the school feel united.

 “Those that feel ‘connected’ to their bosses, teachers, and school tend to perform better and behave better because they feel safe and cared for,” said Knight. “She spent so much of the past few years educating herself for her Falcons, often sacrificing time at home with her own family; but she was steadfast in her resolve to build a Falcon family, and she did just that.”

 Not only has Malinoski worked with the teaching staff, but she has also worked with students to get their ideas through the principal’s cabinet. Here she has met with leaders of sports teams and clubs.

 “Don’t be afraid to empower students with big decisions,” said Malinoski. “The amount of feedback that I received from students, prior to the shutdown, made me realize if you embrace and empower students, they have really good ideas.”

 Malinoski wants Cedar Crest students to always be individuals who accept not only themselves but others too. She believes that the students at Cedar Crest should always be themselves and stand up for themselves.

 “They have a voice and in the end. The world needs more creative people, more entrepreneurs, etc. Don’t be afraid to be who you are and follow your dreams,” said Malinoski. “We don’t need copycats; we need to be individuals. We need to learn to accept every After more than 20 years in the Cornwall-Lebanon School District, Principal Dr. Nicole Malinoski will be leaving to take the principal position at Cumberland Valley this fall.

 Malinoski, who has served as principal at Cedar Crest for seven years, is excited about the pride students and staff now show in their school.

 “I honestly believe students’ pride in their school (has grown),” said Malinoski. “I think when I got here; the only people that really associated with having pride were athletes. Over the last seven years, we instilled that every student has pride no matter what you do: in the band, artist, in the student section, anyone that walks these halls.”

 Malinoski hopes to have made more leaders out of her staff in her time here along with leaving Cedar Crest in a better condition than when she became principal. She is extremely proud of the staff’s ability to tackle any situation.

 “I truly believe that we operate as a family, and we solve the problem together,” said Malinoski.

 Malinoski has connected to the staff and students through dedication to Cedar Crest as a whole. Guidance counselor Jennifer Knight believes that Dr. Malinoski has worked hard in order to make sure that all members of the school feel united.

 “Those that feel ‘connected’ to their bosses, teachers, and school tend to perform better and behave better because they feel safe and cared for,” said Knight. “She spent so much of the past few years educating herself for her Falcons, often sacrificing time at home with her own family; but she was steadfast in her resolve to build a Falcon family, and she did just that.”

 Not only has Malinoski worked with the teaching staff, but she has also worked with students to get their ideas through the principal’s cabinet. Here she has met with leaders of sports teams and clubs.

 “Don’t be afraid to empower students with big decisions,” said Malinoski. “The amount of feedback that I received from students, prior to the shutdown, made me realize if you embrace and empower students, they have really good ideas.”

 Malinoski wants Cedar Crest students to always be individuals who accept not only themselves but others too. She believes that the students at Cedar Crest should always be themselves and stand up for themselves.

 “They have a voice and in the end. The world needs more creative people, more entrepreneurs, etc. Don’t be afraid to be who you are and follow your dreams,” said Malinoski. “We don’t need copycats; we need to be individuals. We need to learn to accept every individuals. We need to learn to accept everyone for their individual differences because that is what makes the world a great place.”

 Malinoski’s new position will be principal at Cumberland Valley; she will be leading a team of principals as the school is twice of the size of Cedar Crest. She is looking forward to the change and many new opportunities that Cumberland Valley will bring.

 “Cumberland Valley is an amazing school district, and I am looking forward to working with their leadership team,” said Malinoski.

 Malinoski will miss the people, relationships, and friendships at Cedar Crest that she has built over here; she has come to love the school over the past 21 years that she has worked here. Not only will she miss the school, but Cedar Crest staff and students will miss her and how she led Cedar Crest.

 “If I had to choose one thing that I will miss most will be walking by her office and hearing, ‘Good morning, friend!’” said Knight. “She said this to most people who likened her door because she mastered how to be a leader and yet be a friend to her faculty.”

 Malinoski started at Cedar Crest as a math and computer science teacher, before being named the district’s technology coordinator. She also served as an assistant principal before being named principal.

 “What I beg of future administration and from our faculty and staff is that we continue what Dr. Mal (and the A-Team) built here,” said Knight. “That we continue her mission and remain as close and unified as we have grown under her leadership. It is one of my biggest fears – that the amazing spirit that I feel here now will change. This year, I told many of my new students that they have come at an amazing time in Cedar Crest history. I feel like we have the best team all around than we have ever had, and I meant it. When Dr. Malinoski goes, I think the best thing we can do to honor her legacy is to remain a Falcon family.”



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