North Penn Superintendent of Schools Robert Hassler is stepping down, effective February 15. He says deciding to retire was not easy.
“I’ve kind of lived to work, in a sense, and that’s really what the superintendency is all about, but I have nothing specific, although I’d like to do maybe some teaching at the college level, some consulting, superintendent searches. I’m going to take a little bit of time and try to figure out what I want to do, but the research says that today’s students will have 6 to 8 jobs in a lifetime, so I’m just a late bloomer moving from my first one after 36 years to something new, which I haven’t identified yet.”
Doctor Hassler’s eleven-year tenure as superintendent is the longest in North Penn history. He started his education career 36 years ago as an elementary and middle school teacher. He also coached football, wrestling and golf. His first administrative position was as an elementary school principal. He joined the North Penn district as an assistant superintendent in 1997, and he was promoted to the top job the following year.