The East Penn School District would like to introduce you to a few new faces you will see around our district this school year. We are certain that you will agree that they are a perfect fit. You make us #EastPennPROUD!
My name is Sirena Werst, and I am an Autistic Support Teacher at Wescosville Elementary. My educational journey began with a B.A. Psychology with a minor in English at Temple University. More recently, I graduated from Lehigh University, earning a M.Ed. in Special Education, and certified to teach Special Education PreK-8th and General Education PreK-4th. I enjoy teaching as much as I enjoy learning. My research interests include: Positive Behavior Supports, Applied Behavior Analysis, Inclusion, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Pivotal Response Training, and Skinner’s Verbal Behavior.
I was born and raised in a community not too far away, Upper Perk. My Husband, Ryan, and I currently own a home in Pennsburg and recently married in March 2018. We absolutely adore our three dogs, Kamei, Cash, and Edgar. With joined effort, we volunteer as a foster family for shelter dogs and cats. I also enjoy reading, biking, snowboarding, swimming, and hiking, most times with family and friends. I have worked as a therapist, an assistant in a preschool, tutored, taught summer programs, and taught for 3 years in a private school for children with Autism. I have been at Wescosville as an Instructional Assistant, and student taught in Mrs. Mattocks’ Autistic Support classroom! After being in the field for more than 8 years, I am thrilled to be a part of East Penn School District as an Autistic Support Teacher.
My name is Erin Eisenhard. I teach 2nd grade at Wescosville Elementary School. I am a graduate of DeSales Univesity, received my teaching certification through Moravian College and my masters is from East Stroudsburg University. I taught in a neighboring district for 9 years before taking a hiatus when my children were born. I am THRILLED to be in the education field and part of the East Penn School District. I’ve been a resident my entire life and I am #EastPennProud. I live in Emmaus with my husband, Kenny, and two daughters, Carly and Molly.
Hi! My name is Emily Bonney and I joined the East Penn School District counseling department this year, where I work as a School Counselor at Emmaus High School. I have been working in the counseling field for about five years in schools and counseling agencies. I have worked with an array of students of various cultures, religious beliefs, and socioeconomic statuses. Prior to this school year, I was working as an Elementary School Counselor in New York City for three years. Before that I worked in various roles in the fields of counseling and education here in the Lehigh Valley. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree from Bloomsburg University. I majored in Communication Studies with a concentration in Interpersonal Communication, and I minored in psychology and business management. I served as the President of the National Communication Association Student Chapter at Bloomsburg University. I also attended Temple University where I earned a Master of Education degree in Counseling Psychology. I am certified as an Educational Specialist in Elementary and Secondary School Counseling, for grades PreK-12. I am passionate about helping all students to reach their goals and to realize their full potential. I enjoy helping students with social, emotional, and academic needs, as well as running small groups and providing individualized counseling. In my free time, I like to do yoga, ballet, or zumba. I also enjoy traveling and spending time with family, friends, & my dog, Cocoa.
My name is Keri Greenawald. I currently teach first grade at Shoemaker Elementary. Before coming to teach at Shoemaker, I taught second grade for three years at the Arts Academy. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, going to the movies and traveling. I’m excited to be at a district that supports my future goals of becoming a stronger teacher!
My name is Jacqueline McMullen, and I am excited to join Emmaus High School as a mathematics teacher this year! I graduated from Misericordia University, and I earned my Master’s Degree this winter from Wilkes University. I am looking forward to continuing my education this summer to learn about more ways I can incorporate technology into my classroom.
In my free time, I enjoy yoga, going to the gym, reading, and baking. This summer, I am looking forward to relaxing on the beach and spending time with family, friends, and my new kitten, Finn.
Hello! I am very excited to join the Emmaus High School family as a mathematics teacher. This is my fourth year in the field, and my first year in a district located in Pennsylvania. My previous teaching experience occurred at a high school in New Jersey in a small town named Spotswood where I taught several areas of mathematics such as Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry. I was also the advisor of the Community Service Club. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education at The College of New Jersey and am currently working on my Master’s degree in Effective Teaching at Wilkes University.
My hobbies include cooking, reading, hiking, and spending time with my family (including my pet bird, Gidget!). I look forward to continuing to grow as an educator and becoming more involved in the East Penn School District. Go Hornets!”
Hello! I am so honored to have joined East Penn’s team this year as a 3rd grade teacher at Shoemaker! Last school year I taught 5th grade at Shoemaker as a substitute teacher and absolutely LOVED being part of such an incredible team of educators! This year has only brought on more wonderful learning and collaboration. I am so grateful to be doing what I love each day with such an awesome team at East Penn!
I graduated from DeSales University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education (K-6). I’ve taught 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 6th grade, and I must say, I completely enjoyed the developmental stages of each grade level. I am currently pursuing my master’s degree from ESU with a focus on Reading Specialist, as I am quite passionate about reading being the cornerstone of all learning. In my free time, I love to read, spend time with friends and family, garden (a lot!), and spoil my dogs, Zena and Zeus. #EastPennProud!
My name is Nicole Smale. I am currently teaching fourth grade at Jefferson Elementary. Before teaching at Jefferson Elementary, I taught second grade at the Arts Academy for three years. A few of my favorite things to do, besides teaching, are enjoying time with my family and friends, reading, and staying active. I have truly enjoyed my first year at Jefferson Elementary. The people I have met and the many educational opportunities available have helped me to further grow as a teacher. I can’t wait to continue my teaching career in such a wonderful and supportive district.
My name is Megan Freeman and I am a special education teacher in the East Penn School District. Prior to working in the East Penn School District, I was employed as a middle school special education teacher in the Saucon Valley School District for five years and employed as a high school emotional support teacher at Centennial School of Lehigh University for a year and a half. I left Centennial School early to pursue a career in public education.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in Special Education PK-12 and Elementary Education K-6 from Kutztown University and my master’s degree in Special Education K-12 from Lehigh University. Currently, I am working on my second master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in School Counseling at Lehigh University.
My goals for the future include educating and advocating for students within the East Penn School District as either a special education teacher or school counselor and to become part of the wonderful and welcoming Emmaus community. Go Hornets!
Hello! My name is Laura Escudero, and I’m thrilled to say this is my 9th year teaching in Special Education. I have taught a variety of grades in the past (from pre-K to 12th), but I am happy to be back at the High School level here in East Penn School District.
I grew up in Bethlehem, PA and graduated from Liberty High School (1999). I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh (2003) and graduated aboard the S.S. Universe Explorer on Semester at Sea (2003). I then spent a few years working in the fashion industry as a Planner in New York City. Bored in business, I went back to school and earned my Masters of Education (2010) with certificates in Special Education (N-21) and Elementary Education (K-6), while working at Centennial School of Lehigh University. I officially began my teaching career in Hawaii, then moved back to the Lehigh Valley to be closer to my family. After working in Pennridge School District for a few years at the elementary level, I was offered the opportunity to teach Autistic Support at Emmaus High School. I live in Emmaus with my husband and daughter, therefore I could not pass up the opportunity to work in and give back to my community.
I try to live by my favorite quote daily, “Dream!…And, as you go around the world, remember, one person can make a difference.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu. A few of my hobbies include spending time with my family and friends, gardening and being active outside.
Words cannot express how thankful I am to be a part of the East Penn School District team as a second-grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary. This team includes many of the same teachers and staff that influenced me throughout my educational career.
I was blessed to have attended Jefferson Elementary, Emmaus Junior High and Highschool. For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a teacher. After high school, I attended Lancaster Bible College where I earned a BS in Elementary education K-6 and a BS in Bible.
The opportunity to teach full-day Kindergarten at Hildebrandt Learning Center at Rodale in Emmaus became available. I taught Kindergarten for almost 8 years before transitioning into administration. After several years of administration, I realized that my heart was with the children. Inspiring children to love learning and to be their best has always been a passion of mine.
In my spare time, I enjoy camping, taking walks, swimming and going to movies with my husband and twin third graders.
I am proud to be a part of Emmaus High School. I am an alumnus myself. I live in the district and our children attend Shoemaker Elementary. It just made sense for me to leave Kutztown High School, where I spent the past 13 years teaching biology, and continue my teaching career where I call home. I am looking forward to the new opportunities and experiences living and working in the same district affords.