Hello Parents and Guardians,
I am excited to be back as Principal of the Lehighton Area Middle School. I have been employed by the Lehighton Area School District since 2009. My first eight years in Lehighton I was the Middle School Principal. Following that, I was an Elementary Principal for East Penn, Franklin and last year I helped open the Lehighton Area Elementary Center. Throughout my 23 years in public education, I taught science to students in grades 5-12 and most recently served as an Assistant H.S. Principal in the Pocono Mountain School District before coming to Lehighton.
On a personal note, I love to read and am a fitness enthusiast. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 23 years and have a son and daughter in 9th and 6th grades, respectively. My goal is to ensure that every student feels welcomed, is challenged to meet his/her fullest potential, and is excited about coming to school each day!
I look forward to working with you and your family to ensure that this is a year filled with many memorable moments. Our classrooms provide a warm, caring learning environment that honors the unique characteristics of each child. My hope is that our collective efforts help each student uncover a passion for learning that lasts a lifetime.
It is my belief that children succeed through the teamwork of parents and educators. I am excited to work together with you to provide your student with the best learning experience possible and can't wait to get started.
Dr. Mark McGalla
DEAN OF STUDENTSHello, my name is Stephen Ebbert and I am excited for another school year as the Dean of Students. You may be wondering, "What is a Dean of Students?" It will involve dealing with attendance, discipline and most importantly recognizing the positive things that our students do on a daily basis. My teaching career began in the Lehighton School District as a third grade teacher at Shull David during the 1994-95 school year. After 10 years of teaching third grade I then moved to the Middle School as a fifth grade Social Studies teacher and later became the Assistant Principal. After the birth of my two youngest children I decided to return to the classroom to spend more time at home. Since that time, I have taught 6th grade Geography and also filled in as the High School Assistant Principal for a semester.I am a veteran of the United States Air Force and attended Lehigh Carbon Community College, after completing my enlistment, earning an Associates Arts Degree. I then attended Kutztown University and earned a BS in Education. After several years of teaching, I then attended Wilkes University earning a MS in Education and completed my K-12 Educational Leadership Certificaton.Lehighton is my home town and, with the exception of my time in the Air Force, I have always resided in the Lehighton School District. I am the proud father of four wonderful children who keep me young at heart. Firefighting is an important part of my life and I have over 30 years of service with the Lehighton Fire Department. My favorite sports teams include the Indianapolis Colts and the Flyers!It is always exciting to start a new school year with a great staff and fantastic students here at the Middle School!