CHS principal is retiring
David Ascani, Catasauqua High School principal, is retiring at the end of this month.
Ascani got his start as a science teacher at Liberty High School. He then worked and taught at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute in the alternative education program. He served as an administrator his last two years there. After that, he worked as an assistant principal at Emmaus High School for five years.
Ascani then found himself at Catasauqua High School. He served as assistant principal for two years before becoming principal. He worked in that capacity for 12 years, for a total of 14 years in the Catasauqua Area School District.
Ascani is filled with good memories from his time at CHS. He loves watching the students perform, whether it be music, theater or athletics.
He said he will always fondly remember the Turkey Day pep rallies and spirit week festivities. He thoroughly enjoyed participating in the television production videos the students created.
He also always had fun working with the students and was impressed with their creativity.
There are many challenges to being a school administrator. One of Ascani’s biggest challenges was keeping up with all the new initiatives from the state. He said it was sometimes difficult to include the new initiatives with their limited resources while still balancing all of the things the district wanted to offer the students.
He also mentioned that keeping up with the paperwork and reports can be a challenge.
According to Ascani, one of the biggest helps with these challenges was the staff and teachers. He said everyone feels the pressure, and they all work as a team to ensure they find the right balance and continue to offer the best options for the students.
Ascani lauded his teachers for their efforts.
“They are hardworking professionals who strive to provide the best education for our students,” he said.
Ascani doesn’t have any set plans for retirement. He is looking forward to relaxing and spending more time with his family.
He said his job requires a large time commitment and that he can now use his retirement to enjoy home life without work worries.
He may be considering taking a college-level job and working with student teachers. This would give him a more flexible schedule while still being able to work with students.
He is looking forward to doing some traveling with his wife in a few years and doing some work around the house.
Ascani will miss the students most of all, he said. He enjoyed working in a smaller school, so he could create those close connections with the students.
“Our students here at Catty are fantastic,” he said.
He praised the hard work and spirit of the students, staff and community in Catasauqua. He is happy whenever he gets to see former students in the community and catch up on where life has taken them.
“I’m fortunate that I landed here,” he said.
Adam Schnug, former assistant principal, will take over as the next principal of Catasauqua High School effective July 1.