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Whitehall-Coplay School District hires eight new elementary and middle school teachers for 2014-2015

WHITEHALL, Pa. - The Whitehall-Coplay School District Board of school directors Monday night approved the hiring of six new fifth-grade teachers for its Zephyr Elementary School and two Whitehall-Coplay Middle School teachers for the 2014-2015 school year.

Terri Miller, fourth and fifth grades Zephyr Elementary School principal delivered the announcements which included a brief professional background synopsis of each candidate.

She remarked how fortunate her school was in being able to hire six new fifth grade teachers due to retirements and transfers and considering how many other districts are cutting teacher jobs.

Each elementary school teacher will earn an annual salary between $41,907 and $42,851 based upon education,  certifications, and work experience. The middle school teachers will be paid between $41,907 and $49,911 annually.

Tiffany Dancho of Bethlehem earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from Cedar Crest College in January 2011.

Since then she has been substitute teaching in both the Whitehall-Coplay and Allentown School Districts.

Kelly Odenwelder of Schnecksville graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Moravian College and earned her elementary education teaching certification in May 2009.

She is currently pursuing her master's degree in special education from DeSales University in Center Valley.

Relocating to the Lehigh Valley from Frederick, MD, Elizabeth Crawford graduated from Bucknell Univerity in 2007 with a B.S. in Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish.

For the last several years, she has been teaching the fourth grade in Frederick, MD.

Fullerton resident, April Harakal, graduated from Kutztown University in 2012 with a B.S. in Elementary Education.

She has worked as a substitute teacher, para-educator, and most recently as a  fifth grade special education teacher.

David Lengyl of Bethlehem earned his B.A. degree in history from Moravian College and was certified in elementary education in November 2012.

He has been serving as a substitute teacher at Fountain Hill Elementary School in Fountain Hill.

A Bloomsburg University graduate with a dual major in early childhood and elementary education, Amy Miller of Whitehall also holds three specialty teaching certifications including early childhood, elementary and early special learning.

The Board also approved the middle school hiring of both Mary Ellen LaDuke of Whitehall as a science teacher and  Ean Costenbader of Orwigsburg as special education teacher.

Costenbader earned his bachelor's degree in elementary education from Bloomsburg University and his master's in special education from Cedar Crest College.

He also serves as a track and field coach and driver's education teacher at Whitehall High School.

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