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MEET THE CANDIDATES

Elizabeth Drummond

Elizabeth (Liz) Drummond has lived in Lower Providence for 21 years. She attended Springfield, Delaware County public schools, and then received her BS in Psychology from Penn State and her MBA in Marketing from University of Pittsburgh. Professionally, she is a Constituent Service Advisor for a local state representative. Prior to that, she was a Program Assistant at Penn State Cooperative Extension, and a Clearances Coordinator for Bucks and Montgomery Counties. She has extensive experience in talent acquisition, budget and credit management, project coordination, and compliance. She is a proud parent of two girls, an 11th grader and a 7th grader in Methacton School District, and supports her children’s involvement in Girl Scouts, band, chorus, drama, tennis, and many clubs and co-curricular activities.

Liz’s engagement in the Methacton School District community is well-established. She served as a member on many Methacton Home and School Boards: President at Woodland Elementary, Co-President at Arcola Intermediate School, Vice President of the Methacton Coordinating Council, and Home & School Treasurer at both Woodland and Skyview Upper Elementary. For over ten years, Liz has been actively involved in leadership with the Girl Scouts of America. She has been a volunteer with her daughters’ Troops, and since 2014 she has served as Service Unit 648’s Treasurer. 

As a Methacton School Board Director, Liz serves as Vice-President and is a member of the Policy Committee, the North Montco Technical Career Center Joint Operating Committee, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, the MCIU Legislative Committee, the Career Advisory Council, the ACT 48 Committee, MEA Contract Negotiations Committee, is a board liaison to the Pennsylvania School Board Association (PSBA), and has previously served on the Education Committee. 

Focused on the “Whole Child”, Liz has been a champion of the REACH intensive mental health therapy program, which has grown from a pilot program at Arcola to a district-wide program in every Methacton school.  

The Backpack Program, which provides supplemental food and other items to the district’s families in need, is very important to Liz. When the pandemic forced the closure of the schools in March of 2020, Liz rushed to coordinate the immediate distribution of food to families.  She then secured a grant from the Methacton Education Foundation and worked with fellow board members to distribute over $30,000 worth of food during the summer of 2020. Liz now serves as a coordinator of the Backpack program for the district.   

Liz believes in public education and the benefits an excellent school district provides to its students as well as to the entire community.  Fiscally responsible and forward-focused, Liz is committed to a school experience that prepares our children for today’s global workplace.

Jennifer Cancro

Jennifer Cancro attended public schools in Belleville, NJ. She graduated from Boston University, receiving her Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Therapy. She currently is a Clinical Director for a school-based therapy company that works with over 90 school districts in Pennsylvania and Delaware. She partners with schools and school districts, teachers, therapists, and parents to design, implement, and manage therapy programs tailored to their specific needs and goals. Her work experience also includes Clinical Specialist for Kessler Rehabilitation Centers, Pharmaceutical Representative for Johnson & Johnson, and inpatient/outpatient and home care Occupational Therapist for local agencies. She and her husband, Wayne, a West Point graduate, have been married for 18 years and have four children who range in age from 9 to 15.  She has lived in Worcester for over 11 years.

As a parent to four students in Methacton spanning elementary, middle and high school, Jennifer is a recognizable and engaged member of the community. She is in her third year as  School Board Director for Methacton School District.  She is Chair of the Education Committee  and a member of the Finance Committee.  She has served in focus groups such as Health and Safety Planning, the Negotiations Team for each labor group, the Special Education Alliance of the Methacton Coordinating Council as board liaison, the Special Education Ad Hoc Committee, the Communications Focus Group, activities and athletics booster focus groups, the Backpack Program and on Human Resource’s interview panels. 

In the past, she was a member of the Worcester Home & School executive board for four years, serving as President for two years and overseeing the scope of its volunteers, programs, and events. 

Whether volunteering at a school district event or at her parish church, Jennifer’s focus is on creating an inclusive, supportive atmosphere for the community in which she lives. Her vision—and strengths—are fortified in transparent communication, fiscal management, and outlined direction. 

Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and encouraging their diverse interests. Her children participate in football, wrestling, lacrosse, soccer and basketball, all through Methacton School District Warrior Athletics They also participate in local community club sports through Methacton Warriors Football, ARA Recreation Basketball, the Boys Collegeville Cougars, Methacton Girls Field Hockey, Girls Youth Lacrosse and Whitpain Green Swim Team, as well as Visitation BVM PREP. 

As a Methacton School Board Director, Jennifer will continue to promote the “whole child concept” so that each student will have opportunities to strive towards his/her own growth and achievement.  Her goal is to ensure that students and staff have access to current technology, resources, and tools. Targeted professional development training will be pursued to meet the needs of all learners.  She plans to continue fostering community relationships in order to promote the overall value of the district.  Through a partnership with the administration, a sustainability model can be demonstrated through fiscal responsibility. Implementing long range forecasting and meeting current needs can build a successful and educational environment.  Jennifer will also promote and help develop opportunities at all age levels in extracurricular/co-curricular and athletics to enhance growth within Methacton Schools.  Her ultimate goal is to encapsulate Methacton’s slogan to “Learn, Lead and Succeed- Together.”

Ralph Navarrete

Ralph Navarrete, a Worcester resident, is a 19-year active community leader in Methacton School District, where his two children attend school and his wife is an elementary school teacher. He wants Methacton to be the first school district that families consider when moving to Montgomery County, and believes that in order to get there, we need to prioritize educational excellence; continue our focus on fiscal discipline and long-term planning, particularly at a time of uncertain future school funding; and strengthen the ties that bind our community to our schools.

As a Methacton School Director, Ralph has been the chair of the Property and Transportation Committee since 2017 and has overseen the execution of the district’s Facilities Master Plan, focusing on long-needed repairs to infrastructure and building envelopes. He led the initiative to establish Board oversight of transportation following the poorly executed transition to First Student. As a member of the Finance committee, he has successfully managed our budget priorities to improve educational programs while keeping Methacton’s tax increases the fourth lowest in Montgomery County. He has been a leading voice in the district’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts.

Within the Methacton community, Ralph has been a regular volunteer in the schools, including as a WATCH D.O.G.S® dad, served on the Methacton Strategic Planning Committees, and is an active member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force. He has been a coach for local youth baseball and soccer teams, a PIAA and American Legion baseball umpire, a youth soccer referee, and has served as both President and Treasurer of FC Montco, formerly Methacton United Soccer Club.

Ralph’s professional experience is well-suited to driving fiscal improvements in Methacton. He has spent the last 21 years in sales, strategy, and business development roles in the downstream oil and gas industry. In his current role, Ralph actively manages the sales, marketing, and product development for a global chemicals business, and develops and maintains the strategic plans that guide future growth and R&D efforts.

Ralph earned his MBA in Finance and Strategic Management from Villanova University, and his Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware.

Christine Steere

Christine Steere and her husband, Chris, moved to Methacton School District in 2000 to start a family. Originally from a rural town in Maine, Christine was drawn to the strong sense of community and excellent quality of education within the Methacton School District. When Christine’s elderly parents needed to move in with the family, she made sure their move was within the Methacton School District so her girls could continue to receive that outstanding education. As a proud mother of two teenagers — a Junior at Methacton High School, and a recent 2020 Methacton graduate — Christine has had the unique experience of raising her family in both Lower Providence and Worcester Townships, the latter in which she now resides. 

Christine is a long-standing supporter of and active volunteer in the Methacton School District, and knows how incredibly valuable the entire Methacton community is to the success of its schools and of its students. When her girls were younger, Christine volunteered as a Homeroom Mom and served as Home and School President at Woodland Elementary for several years. She later served as President of the Methacton Coordinating Council. More recently, Christine now serves as a member of the Methacton School District DEI Committee, the Banquet Chair for the Girls Varsity Soccer Boosters and a volunteer with Methacton’s Post Prom Committee. 

Within our community, Christine serves as a Board Member on the Methacton Education Foundation, which supports innovative educational initiatives and enrichment for all Methacton students. She is a founding member of the 4 Local Foundation, a Pennsylvania non-profit dedicated to raising funds for and awareness of local charitable organizations, such as Laurel House. Christine volunteers at the FC Montco Soccer Club’s annual Marc J. Small Memorial Soccer Tournament, where both of her girls have played and volunteered their time. She also serves on Worcester Township’s Comprehensive Plan Update Task Force.

Professionally, Christine works as a Civil Rights and Employment attorney representing municipal entities and private employers across Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Christine’s experience as an attorney has given her the tools to advocate on behalf of students, families, and teachers to continue building a strong school district. Christine is ready to listen to all community members, students, parents, teachers and administrators and bring the skills of her trade to the Board. Her goal is to strengthen the district by ensuring safe and supportive schools for all of the children Methacton serves. 

Christine believes in the development of the whole child, and of helping all students achieve success not only academically, but also in gaining a sense of responsibility to their school and local community. In this climate of increased accountability and assessment, Christine believes it is important for the Methacton community to maintain its focus on providing a complete educational experience for its children that is relevant to the ever-changing world around us, and that celebrates the learning accomplishments of each child.

Christine is a graduate of the Mt. Blue (Farmington, Maine) public school system. She attended the University of Maine where she received a BA in Political Science. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Our Proven Leadership Means 

Prioritizing Educational Excellence

Implementation of the Whole Child Approach for academic rigor, career readiness,

mental health support, enhanced STEM opportunities, and commitment to

diversity, equity, & inclusion

Operating with Fiscal Efficiency

Prioritize the allocation of limited financial resources

through a transparent budgeting process to improve

student programs in a cost-effective manner

Repairing Neglected Facilities

Execution of our long-range facilities plan to

strategically repair decades of neglect and

ensure performance and longevity of our facilities

Strengthening Community Relationships

Maintain and foster meaningful partnerships to serve,

encourage and empower our students and community

Focused on Our Students, Connected to Our Community, Delivering on Our Future

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