University Communications

IU’s Education Department Welcomes Sharon A. McGrath, Ed.D.

Sharon A. McGrath, Ed.D., of Phoenixville, Pa. has joined the Education Department at Immaculata University as an assistant professor. She is teaching courses on early childhood education and on the roles and responsibilities of special education teachers. "Both of these courses allow me to use my 29 years of experience in education as well as keep me learning and exploring more in both areas," McGrath says. She will teach a class on math for elementary teachers in the spring.

Before coming to Immaculata, McGrath taught classes in educational leadership at Arcadia University. She has 15 years of experience as an elementary school principal in Radnor Township and Eastern Lancaster School Districts, and she was nominated for the 2011 National Distinguished Principal Award. She has served as a district strategic planning team member, an instructional support team leader, a district elementary math coordinator, an Act 48 committee member, and a district public relations coordinator. She also has experience working in special education and instructional support, and she has taught a variety of subjects at the elementary and middle school levels.

McGrath has a doctorate in education with a focus on school administration from Widener University, and she is certified as a superintendent, principal, curriculum and instruction supervisor, and elementary education supervisor. She is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary School Principals; Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society focused on education; Phi Delta Kappa Professional Education Association, and the International Reading Association.

"There is such a warmth to this university I have not found in any other university," McGrath commented. "The students are interested in learning and very responsive … [They] stop in to just see you and chat with you. They seem happy and connected to the university in a way I haven´t seen before."

McGrath is also excited to be developing professionally and working with members of the Education Department. "We talk research, methods of getting students involved, and what is new. I have time to read about education and keep myself learning about new initiatives each day."

Immaculata University is a residential, Catholic, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.