Staff Spotlights that Inspire

Passionate. Engaging. Mentor. The BASD administrators, teachers, and staff are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment in which each student will attain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become a productive citizen and life-long learner in our technologically demanding and culturally diverse society.

Patience, Kindness, and Love Before Learning.

In this episode we define trauma, how to respond to it, and what caregivers can do to help at home. Guests: Ann Marie Vaughn, Principal, Clear Run Intermediate, Pocono Mt. School District; Rebecca Keptner, 8th grade teacher at Broughal Middle School; Kory Kutzler Supervisor of Special Education for the Partial Hospitalization Program for Colonial Intermediate Unit 20.

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Fountain Hill's Mrs. Stambaugh Deserves Recognition

It may take a few seconds to find her in this photo, because she would rather the spotlight shine on her students. But FHE’s principal, Mrs. Stambaugh, deserves some special recognition of her own.

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The Foundation Awards Teacher Grants

The purpose of The Foundation for the Bethlehem Area School District is to enhance the learning opportunities for all students. Over $20,000 total in grants are awarded to several staff members, whose innovative ideas were chosen to be funded for the 2021-2022 school.


PSBA Honors BASD Board Directors

Long-term school directors across the State are being honored by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association at local school board meetings. Thank you to Michael Faccinetto, Craig Neiman, Angela Sinkler.

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Jamie Bloss for receiving the Outstanding Elementary Art Educator Award

Congratulations to Jamie Bloss for receiving the “Outstanding Elementary Art Educator” award from The Pennsylvania Art Education Association!

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Happy National Principals Month 2021

We not only have the best teachers and support staff in the Bethlehem Area School Districts, but we also have the most incredible leaders. Happy National Principals Month to the most caring, diligent, and professional principals anywhere. Thank you for all that you do for our BASD


Congratulations to Jerome Hymans, BASD Employee of the Month, October 2021

At the beginning of each school year, three outstanding teachers are recognized and receive the BEST Award at Convocation. Last school year the BASD started a new tradition to highlight a support staff member and present them with the title of BASD Employee of the Month. 

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Air Products Salute to Diversity Awards High School Award Winner Kristen Vazquez

The Air Products Salute to Diversity in Education Awards recognize teachers in the Bethlehem Area School District who celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion by sincerely demonstrating a commitment to create a safe and supportive community within their classroom.

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Air Products Salute to Diversity Elementary Award Winner Jessenia Roman

The Air Products Salute to Diversity in Education Awards recognize teachers in the Bethlehem Area School District who celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion by sincerely demonstrating a commitment to create a safe and supportive community within their classroom.

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Air Products Salute to Diversity Middle School Award Winner Lynn Vento

The Air Products Salute to Diversity in Education Awards recognize teachers in the Bethlehem Area School District who celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion by sincerely demonstrating a commitment to create a safe and supportive community within their classroom.

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Congratulations to Patrick Larkin, BASD Employee of the Month, September 2021

At the beginning of each school year, three outstanding teachers are recognized and receive the BEST Award at Convocation. Last school year the BASD started a new tradition to highlight a support staff member and present them with the title of BASD Employee of the Month.

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Northeast Middle School: Teaching Students About 9/11

Photo by: April Gamiz, The Morning Call

Toni Derrington, American history teacher at Northeast Middle School teaches her class about 9/11. 

 

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BASD Pep Rally Convocation 2021

 


Robin (Hemmons) Alozie

Liberty Learning Support Special Education Teacher, Liberty Class of 2000

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My name is Robin (Hemmons) Alozie, and I am proud to be #BuiltByBethlehem. I attended Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, Northeast Middle School, and Liberty High School as a member of the Class of 2000. 

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Congratulations to the 2021 B.E.S.T. Award Recipients!

Karen Voorhees - Fountain Hill Elementary School
Lynn Vento - Broughal Middle School
Grace Ruggerio - Freedom High School
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Liberty football countdown to kickoff: New coach and new attitude have Hurricanes ready to kick up a storm, plus 3 things to know

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Vivian Robledo

Director of Student Services and Minority Affairs, Freedom Graduate

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Ms. Robledo is the Director of Student Services and Minority Affairs for the Bethlehem Area School District. Previously, she served as Supervisor of Student and Community Engagement for the district as well as serving as guidance counselor, elementary assistant principal, high school assistant principal and principal of the district’s alternative school. 

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Learning is a Lifelong Endeavor for this Transporation Consultant

 

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New Liberty Football Coach and Players Lend a Hand to Community

Curtis H. "Hank" Barnette, the chairman emeritus of Bethlehem Steel Corporation, talks with new Liberty football coach Shawn Daignault when Hurricanes visited for their annual cleanup at the memorial on Bethlehem's south side.
Curtis H. "Hank" Barnette, (left) the chairman emeritus of Bethlehem Steel Corporation and new Liberty football coach Shawn Daignault. (Contributed photo / Susan Vitez)
Shawn Daignault lives in Bethlehem and his children are Bethlehem Area School District students.
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2021 Softball All-Area Coach of the Year: Freedom's Michele Laubach

Northampton softball coach Kristy Henritzy, left, and Freedom softball coach Michele Laubach teamed together to stage a summer high school tournament in 2020 that helped to fill the void of a lost season.

Northampton softball coach Kristy Henritzy, left, and Freedom softball coach Michele Laubach. (Ash Bailot / The Morning Call)

Normally in deciding softball coach of the year, you look to the coach’s performance from the official start of practice in March to the end of the season in late May or June.

 

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Broughal Alum, Ms. Kari Bennett to join the Broughal Middle School Family

A huge Welcome (and welcome back) to Ms. Kari Bennett to the Broughal Family as the new Broughal Technology Education Teacher! Ms. Bennett attended Broughal 20 years ago and is even replacing Mr. Neveling who was her Tech Ed Teacher! 


Freedom High School welcomes Laurie Sage, their 7th Principal

This week Laurie Sage takes over as the 7th Principal in the 54-year history of Freedom High School. Our community wishes her success as she leads FHS to Excellence in All Things. 

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Jack P. Silva, Ed.D

Assistant Superintendent & Chief Academic Officer, Liberty Class of 1982

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Dr. Jack Silva is a lifelong resident of the Bethlehem Area School District and currently serves as its Assistant Superintendent & Chief Academic Officer. Jack was #BuiltByBethlehem schools having been a student at Fountain Hill Elementary School, Broughal Middle School, and Liberty High School. 

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69 News Golden Apple Award Winner - Barbara Clymer

If you ask Barbara Clymer to tell you about herself, she'll say, she was "built by Bethlehem."

She works in the administrative offices for the Bethlehem Area School District, the very building where she attended school as a little girl.

 

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Congratulations to our B.E.S.T. Teacher Award Recipients!

 

Since 2000, the B.E.S.T. Awards reward excellence in teaching at the K-12 levels in the Bethlehem Area School District. The Bethlehem Educational Scholastic Trust (B.E.S.T.) Fund at the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation began more than two decades ago by a group of Bethlehem civic & business leaders who believed that the work of teachers is so critical to the community - as well as to the students - that outstanding teachers required special recognition. 

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Selines Oquendo

Freedom School Counselor, Freedom Graduate

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Selines Oquendo is a proud faculty member of Freedom High School where she has served as a school counselor for the past five years. Her parents moved to the states from Puerto Rico. 

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Four New BASD Staff Members Named

The Bethlehem Area School Board approved three new principals and one administrator this week, who are all familiar faces to district families.

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Get to know Greer Hockmeier, Community School Coordinator at William Penn Elementary School

 

Greer Hockmeier shares her rewarding experience as the Community School Coordinator at William Penn Elementary School. Click here to read the article written about Greer featured on Moravian's College's website. 

 

 


Allen Frank Becomes Fifth Band Director for Grenadier Band

Assistant Band Director Allen Frank will become the fifth director in the Grenadier Band’s history when current Director Kevin Long retires at the end of this school year. Frank’s spent the last eight years in his current role.

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The Foundation for the BASD Teacher Grants Are Awarded

The Foundation for the Bethlehem Area School District awarded over $11,000 in grant funding to BASD teachers during the 2020-2021 school year. 

 


Congratulations to Dr. Harrison Bailey III, 2021 PA Secondary Principal of the Year!

Dr. Harrison Bailey, principal of Liberty High School was name the 2021 PA Secondary Principal of the Year by the Pennsylvania Principals Association. This video captures the surprise ceremony honoring Dr. Bailey. 

 


Fountain Hill's Mr. Lynn is a part of the PA National Guard Band

Aside from being an influential instrumental music teacher to students at Fountain Hill, Mr. Lynn is also in the PA National Guard band — and was recently promoted to Sergeant! He will take on a leadership role within the ensembles in addition to continuing to play and perform.

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Mr. Cordova and Ms. Holmes Bring a Mobile Pantry to Lincoln

Mr. Cordova, Community School Coordinator at Marvine Elementary School, and Ms. Holmes, Community School Coordinator at Lincoln Elementary Schoolbrought a mobile pantry to Lincoln Elementary School to help meet the needs of the Lincoln family. This is just pure love and servant-leadership. Thank you both for your kindness!

By Mr. Garcia, principal at Lincoln Elementary

FHS Guidance Department Presents a Check to St. Luke's University

Freedom High School Guidance Team delivered this check for $500 to St. Luke's University Health Network . St. Luke's will be using the donation to supply snack type food to the workers at the many vaccination sites. Freedom Family comes through once again!


Congratulations to Amber Farnholtz, BASD Employee of the Month, April 2021

Congratulations to the April Employee of the Month, Amber Farnholtz. Amber is a Lead Teacher in the Bethlehem Area School District's Child Care Program and Spring Garden Elementary School. Watch as Amber is surprised with the news!


Daniel Zettlemoyer Selected for Rose Parade

Nitschmann Middle School Instrumental Band Director, Daniel Zettlemoyer, was recently selected by the Saluting America’s Band Directors project (SABD) and the Michael D. Sewell Memorial Foundation to perform in the Band Directors Marching Band in the 2022 Rose Parade.

 

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Thank you Coach Truby for all that you've done!

After 8 years of coaching Liberty High School's Football team, Coach Truby has decided to step down. As a Freedom alum, and Liberty history teacher, we thank you for representing Liberty High School and the Bethlehem community with honor and pride over the years. He is a role model to all BASD athletes. 


Bachman recognized as "One of the Women in the LV Who Have Made a Difference"

BASD is proud to announce that our CTO Marie Bachman was recently named as "One of the Women in the LV Who Have Made a Difference".

You are a driving force in the district. From helping families getting hot spots and internet access to getting our BASD staff vaccinated, you are always there to help. You are a true leader.
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Bethlehem Police Department's Resource Officer at Thomas Jefferson

Our Departments School Resource Officers are taking more time to visit many Elementary Schools in the Bethlehem School District. Sgt. Audelo who oversees our School Resource Officers had a great conversation with many of the students from Thomas Jefferson


69 News Golden Apple Award Winner - Lauryn Bencker

The 69 News Golden Apple Awards is where they take time to honor educators across Eastern Pennsylvania. This month, their winner is a teacher who made sure she spread the love to her students, even when they couldn't be in school. It's pretty hard to surprise a teacher. After all, they've seen just about everything.

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69 News Golden Apple Award Winner - Mike Sule

The Golden Apple Award Winner this week, came to 69 News from the Bethlehem Area School District's Broughal Middle School. Everybody knows somebody who works overtime in the background, to make sure everything up front shines. At Broughal Middle School, that guy, the staff unanimously says, is head custodian Mike Sule.

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Kelly Gaspar, BASD Employee of the Month, March 2021

At the beginning of each school year, three outstanding teachers are recognized and receive the BEST Award at Convocation.

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Stacy Gober Receives Gary E. Reeser Memorial Award

The Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) is pleased to congratulate Stacy M. Gober, PCSBA, SFO, Chief Financial Officer and Board Secretary at Bethlehem Area School District as the 2021 recipient of PASBO's prestigious Gary E. Reeser Memorial Award.

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Meet the Teacher Making Bedtime a Little More Fun!

Miss Hunsicker has been an amazing teacher for eight years now. She is one of those teachers that makes connections with every single student and comes to school with a smile on her face each day. Like most teachers, when the pandemic hit she wanted to find a way to continue to connect with her students even when she couldn't see them in person. 

 

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Recipient of the Priscilla Payne Hurd Award

Congratulations to Mrs. Alicia Creazzo, our Community School Coordinator, who is the recipient of the Priscilla Payne Hurd award in recognition of her enhancement of life in the Bethlehem Community through the Arts, Education or Health Care.

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4 New Principals named in the BASD

The Bethlehem Area School Board approved four new principals Monday night, who should all be familiar faces to district students and families.

The openings at Freedom High, Northeast Middle and Governor Wolf and James Buchanan elementary schools are all being filled by current district employees.

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Mr. Eric Frank receives the Air Products Salute to Diversity Award

Congratulations to Eric Frank on being one of the three 2020 recipients of the Air Products Salute to Diversity Award! Mr. Frank is a fourth grade teacher at William Penn Elementary School. 

 


Dr. Trinidad Sierra receives the Air Products Salute to Diversity Award

Congratulations to Dr. Sierra for being one of the three recipients of the Air Products Salute to Diversity Award for 2020! Dr. Sierra is a spanish teacher at Nitschmann Middle School.

 


Mr. Adam Reitz receives the Air Products Salute to Diversity Award

Congratulations to Adam Reitz, Liberty High School history teacher, on being one of the first recipients of the Air Products Diversity Award. Mr. Reitz is the creator of "Humans of Liberty" which can be found on Instagram. 

 


2020 B.E.S.T. Awards

Congratulations to this year's B.E.S.T. Awards Recipients! 

Aja Olivares, Seymore and Sophie Haber Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Elementary School Level

Megan Stocker, Bernie Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Middle School Level

Jennifer Curti, Anthony Ruggiero Award for Excellence in Teaching at the High School Level