After serving as our assistant principal from 2016-2020, Ms. Michelle Lennon is now the 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.
Mr. Maurice Wigley is Baden Academy’s recently appointed principal. Maurice attended four different high schools; Nottingham High School - Syracuse N.Y., Moon Area High School - Moon Township, PA, Ambridge Area High School - Ambridge PA and graduated from Perry Traditional Academy in Pittsburgh PA. Maurice is no stranger to Beaver County as his mother was from Aliquippa PA which he called home for few years.
Maurice completed his undergraduate studies at Clarion University of Pennsylvania in Special Education, his graduate degree at The University of Pittsburgh in Instruction & Learning, and Point Park University for his Educational Leadership studies.
Over the last 20 years, Maurice’s professional career has included, Drug & Alcohol Counselor, Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, Educational Consultant, Director of Equity & Inclusion, and business owner. Maurice’s employers included Abraxas, Southwood Psychiatric Hospital, Cornell Area School District, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Sto-Rox School District, HFI-Specialized Learning and Nazareth Prep.
Maurice remains passionate about innovative school systems that build student resiliency and is excited to join our creative and inspiring learning community!
Mr. Andy Petro, a life-long Beaver County resident, is Baden Academy’s newly appointed Director of Technology and Administrative Services. Andy is a graduate of New Brighton Area High School. He completed both his undergraduate studies, in Elementary Education, and his graduate work, in Higher Education Administration, at Geneva College. Andy’s professional career has included classroom instruction, curriculum development, and various administrative and support roles in public and private education. Mr. Petro worked as the Virtual Classroom Technology Supervisor at The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School for several years before founding his education consulting firm, Ripple Education Services. Most recently, Andy has served as Chief Operations Officer at The Hope Learning Center, headquartered in Wexford. Andy is passionate about the convergence of education and technology, and focusses his vocational energies on helping to connect students and teachers in positive, engaging, and meaningful ways.