• A Message from the Principal


    Dear William Paca families,
    On behalf of the staff at William Paca Elementary School, I warmly welcome you to the new school year! Whether you are a new William Paca Eagle or a returning Eagle family, we are so excited that you will be a part of our community this year!

    I am privileged and honored to serve as your new Interim Principal this year. During my professional career spanning over many years, I have held the positions of a teacher, teacher mentor, instructional coach, professional development provider, school administrator and resident principal, and worked with students ranging from 5 years to graduate school! My educational background includes graduate degrees in General and Special Education. I am passionate about working with elementary school students (and their unique sense of humor brings the added joy to my work!). These years are critical in a child’s growth and development. This is a time when ‘who they are becoming’ is as important as ‘what they are learning’. I love being a part of this journey with them together with you!  Central to my work as an elementary school leader is also my empathetic perspective as a parent of two- a toddler and a 1st grader. I walk in your shoes as a parent every day! I also walk the fine line between watching my children fall and rise on their own with my parental instinct to not let them fall at all!

    This growth mindset based approach to parenting also forms the core of my educational philosophy. It is my mission to inspire, support and propel our students to achieve their potential and believe in their ability to deal with the stumbling blocks with confidence! This can only happen in an environment, which is safe and supportive.

    We, at William Paca Elementary, are committed to providing an environment where our students deeply engage in meaningful learning in a school climate that is accepting, caring and safe. We, at William Paca, are committed to creating and sustaining an innovative learning environment where both students and adults model challenging themselves to seek new and unique learning experiences. We, at William Paca, are committed to empowering student voice. We, at William Paca, are committed to building a culture of trust where every community member feels welcome and valued.

    As your Principal, my door is always open for you. We are your partners in your child’s education! Please do not hesitate to contact me with all your questions, concerns and ideas. We are here to support you and your child!

    With much gratitude,


    Olia Hardy

    Principal and a Proud William Paca Eagle!