New Dean Lauren Wochok Named at Valley Forge Military Academy

Lauren Wochok
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Lauren Wochok.

Valley Forge Military Academy’s assistant dean since 2020 Lauren Wochok was named this week as the new dean for the Academy.

Wochok replaces Paul Lea, IV, who has been named president of Valley Forge Academy in Doha, Qatar.

“We are fortunate to have in place someone who knows the Cadets and our school very well and has had an instrumental role in its success,” said Col Stuart B. Helgeson USMCR (Ret.), president of Valley Forge Military Academy & College. “Lauren brings more than 20 years of education and educational leadership experience to this position and is well situated to continue developing citizen leaders and readying them for college.”

Wochok holds a BS in Elementary and Special Education from Millersville University, an M.S. in Educational Leadership from Cabrini University, and holds a Principal Certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

She has worked across departments and grades, and across internal and external relationships at VFMA.

Wochok has been an English teacher and leads the initiative to establish individualized learning plans for Cadets.

In addition, Wochok has been active in student activities and works with parents to create a line of communication, keeping parents informed about what is happening regularly in the lives of their children.

“It is a privilege for me to be here at VFMA,” said Wochok. “With our Cornerstone of Academic Excellence, my role first and foremost is continuing to help our Cadets achieve it.” VFMA&C’s education is centered on Five Cornerstones: Academic Excellence, Character Development, Personal Motivation, Physical Development and Leadership.

As dean, her goals include increasing the role Cadets have in community service, making it part of graduation requirements. In addition, she sees a need to continue expanding Cadets’ views of a global society.

“As part of the Corps of Cadets, VFMA students learn to help and rely on one another for individual and corporate success,” said Wochok. “As we develop these citizen leaders, we want them to recognize the role they have in an increasingly global community.”

Established in 1928, VFMA is a college preparatory school for boys in grades 7–12. Its mission is to educate Cadets within an academic and military environment to be fully prepared for their responsibilities as citizen leaders who are mentally alert, sound of body, considerate of others, and possess the highest sense of duty, honor, loyalty, and courage.

Valley Forge Academy Qatar is established through an agreement with Valley Forge Military Academy & College the Doha, Qatar-based Global Institute Studies (GSI).

Find out more about the Valley Forge Military Academy and College.

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