M.A. “Sam” Droke-Dickinson is the owner, with her husband, of Aaron’s Books in downtown Lititz. Aaron’s Books was founded in 2005, when the family moved to Lancaster County from Maryland. For more than 15 years, Sam has served as the administrative officer of the business and has become a leader in the bookselling industry.

Sam is the mother of Aaron, Warwick High School class of 2021. As a parent of a student who has gone through the Warwick School District schools, she is familiar with the curriculum, student activities, and administration.

Prior to moving to Lancaster County, Sam spent four years as a teacher of Middle School Social Studies at Thomas Johnson Middle School in Lanham Maryland. Sam was department chair and studied graduate level Educational Leadership at McDaniel College. Sam has also worked as a college registrar and instructor. Sam’s love of teaching followed her to the book business, as she specializes in children’s literature and has spoken at regional conferences on books for elementary school age readers and diverse books for all levels.

“Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.”

― Maria Montessori

Sam is a proponent of Whole Child Education. The whole child approach embraces not only academic learning, but also cognitive development, physical health, mental health, identity development, and social emotional development. Whole Child assists children in developing skills for long term success, and ensures that each child’s needs are met, they are safe, healthy, engaged, and supported. Whole Child encompasses not just the students and teachers, but families and communities as well.

As our region becomes more diverse, so too should our curriculum. Sam supports reviewing the literature choices in the current curriculum to ensure inclusion of works of fiction and nonfiction that reflect the growing diversity of our county, and our country, at all grade levels. A broader civics and social studies curriculum is vital to raising active and informed citizens of earth. Sam fully supports expanding the resources and courses offered in these areas, not only at the high school level, but throughout all grade levels.

Sam also supports and encourages initiatives such as the recent PA House Bill 2873, The Safety and Violence Education (SAVE) Students Act, which requires staff and students be educated on suicide prevention, and faculty and staff receive additional training in identifying signs and signals of depression, suicide, self-injury and other mental health issues. Studies have shown that this training and education help prevent school violence and empower everyone in the school community to help keep schools safe.