Part 3: Reflection and the Future

May 13, 2016

Chapman has thoroughly enjoyed his time as East’s principal during his three years. Though he was initially saddened by the news of his reassignment, Chapman is now resolutely joyed, as he feels that East is truly “more and more becoming a caring community of scholars.”

“We have one of the lowest rates of suspension in terms of secondary schools in Cherry Hill. I just feel so great when we can make it through a day and everyone looks happy. That’s my greatest moment,” said Chapman. “Scholars from all walks of life, all colors and shapes, and we all for the most part get along with each other. That just brings me so much joy. That’s my joy.”

One memory Chapman will always keep from East is actually from his first moment in the school.

Chapman said, “I was so delighted when I first came here at the reception. The reception was so wonderful to me, I was accepted by everyone and in fact the first two faculty meetings that I had the faculty gave me a standing ovation. So it was how I was welcomed here when I first came that really stands out for me.”

Even after he leaves, Chapman hopes that all East students remember the importance of being a scholar in all that one does.

“I have learned that if you have a message, and you make it very clear, and you repeat it over and over and over again, it will sink it,” said Chapman. “And by my continuing to say and talk about us being a caring community and that we strive for excellence in all that we do, I just feel that that’s happening all around me. If you look around and you see the accomplishments that our scholars are making, it’s fantastic and I will carry that with me wherever I go.”

And though he is departing Cherry Hill East, in the future Chapman plans to uphold a strong presence within the local South Jersey Community. During the 2016-2017 School Year, Chapman will assume the role of ‘Principal on Special Assignment’ at Cherry Hill’s own Alternative High School, Malberg. There he hopes to continue his track record of success through cultivating a community of scholars in the Alternative School Community as well.

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