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Saucon Valley hires K-8 assistant principal

Saucon Valley School District on Tuesday appointed an 11-year employee who has spent the entirety of his teaching career with the district as K-8 assistant principal.Michael Sakelarides started in 2008 as a co-teacher in a second-grade classroom, was the academic coordinator from 2013-2016 and then settled into his current role of third-grade English teacher. He will assume his new position July 1 at a yearly salary of $95,000.A native of the Lehigh Valley who graduated from Pen Argyl High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Shippensburg University, and a master’s degree in educational development and strategies from Wilkes University. He also completed Alvernia University’s principal certification program in November 2015. Sakelarides lives in Macungie with his wife, 7- and 9-year-old sons and his chocolate Labrador retriever. Superintendent Craig Butler described Sakelarides as a fun-loving individual who never fails to make meetings lively and energetic. Also at Tuesday’s school board meeting, directors celebrated students’ academic achievements. Among them were a group of second-grade finalists for the Philadelphia Zoo’s Unless contest, which focused on three objectives: reduction in electricity usage, water conservation and reducing landfill waste. The second-graders tallied the food waste created by their school cafeteria and created a waste redistribution program. The school now has access to separate trash bins, one for compost and another for unused, unopened food that can be sent to local food banks. Gabriela L. Laracca is a freelance writer for The Morning Call.
Source: Morningcall

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