After serving as our assistant principal from 2016-2020, Ms. Michelle Lennon is the newly appointed CEO at Baden Academy. Ms. Lennon earned her BA in elementary education from Slippery Rock University and a master’s in educational administration from Drexel University. She is a certified K-12 principal and has over two decades of educational experience. She’s taught at the elementary, middle, high school, and post-secondary levels, and has also led educators in developing and implementing online curriculum. In her role of assistant principal at Baden Academy, she headed the team that earned statewide recognition for the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) Program for four straight years. Ms. Lennon believes in Baden Academy’s powerful and unique mission and looks forward to collaborating with students, teachers, parents, the school board, and the community to help the school thrive in the coming years.
Principal Mr. Craig Jeffers has been with Baden Academy since 2016. A Beaver County native, Mr. Jeffers earned both a BA in education and master's in educational administration from Edinboro University, and a principal certification from Franciscan University. Prior to his leadership role, he had considerable experience in both traditional and online classroom teaching. Mr. Jeffers recognizes that families in Beaver County deserve the freedom of school choice, and he is pleased Baden Academy offers an alternative option rooted in the arts and that the school serves to connect students from neighboring communities. Because his early years in school were not naturally easy for Mr. Jeffers, he decided to spend his life working with children to improve their educational experiences.
After spending his life along the eastern coast of Maryland, Mr. Taren Nance is the new Assistant Principal at Baden Academy. He began his career as a special educator with an alternative school in Dorchester County’s public schools before moving into administration, where he served for the past five years. Mr. Nance has an extensive education—including degrees earned in special education, secondary education, and school leadership—and is currently working to complete a doctoral program in organizational health. He is also a Crisis Prevention Institute Certified Instructor, served on the Dorchester County Minority Achievement Task Force, and has developed and implemented unique programs to involve families in school communities and to support positive student behavior. He is an avid music lover as well as a published poet and was drawn to Baden Academy because of its focus on arts integration. Mr. Nance, his wife, and their young son are welcomed members of our school family.
Mr. Mathew Davis serves as Baden Academy’s Director of Technology and Administrative Services. Prior to his appointment to our administration, Mr. Davis had nine years of experience in elementary classrooms and with special education. After growing up in Illinois, he went on to earn a BS in elementary education from Millikin University and an MS in educational leadership from Eastern University. Mr. Davis has directed two major construction projects at Baden Academy and is dedicated to creating a safe and inspiring environment for the students. Outside of work, he is Vice President of the Beaver Area Jaycees and has done extensive volunteer work in Africa, where he’s helped to create computer labs in five schools and to drill community wells that provide clean, safe water.