Three Retiring School Bethlehem Area School District Principals Honored

Three Bethlehem Area School District principals will retire at the end of the 2019 school year. On May 20, 2019, these principals were honored for their dedication, selflessness, and hard work. 

Lisa Lynch, Principal of Fountain Hill Elementary


Lisa started with us in 1985 as a reading teacher at Broughal Middle School. In 1986 she was assigned to Fountain Hill Elementary School where she was teaching fourth and fifth graders until 2000 when she was assigned as Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction at Broughal Middle School. In 2006 she became the Principal at William Penn Elementary School until 2010 when she became Principal at Fountain Hill Elementary, the position she currently holds today.

Lisa Lynch has done an incredible job teaching and leading students throughout our district. It is with very great pleasure and on behalf of the Bethlehem Area School Board of Directors and the administration that we thank you for your dedication and the great job you have done in our district. We wish you all the very best in your future endeavors and we look forward to your continued success.

Timothy Lynch, Principal of Hanover Elementary


Timothy started with us in 1984 as a Speech Therapist at Donegan. He quickly moved up to ESL Teacher/district wide Speech Therapist position at Donegan in 1985 before moving completely over to a district-wide Speech Therapist position in 1986. In 2004 he took on the assignment of Instructional Support Teacher at Miller Heights in addition to the district-wide Speech Therapist duties. In 2007 Timothy was assigned as Acting Principal at Nitschmann Middle School until 2010 when he became Principal at Hanover Elementary School till today.

Timothy Lynch has served our district with great dedication, loyalty, and leadership. He is a phenomenal educator, with positive energy who has served this district relentlessly.

It is with very great pleasure and on behalf of the Bethlehem Area School Board of Directors and the administration that we thank you for your dedication and the great job you have done in our district. We wish you all the very best in your future endeavors and we look forward to your continued success.

Sonia Vazquez, Principal of Donegan Elementary School

Sonia started with us in 1984 as an ESOL Teacher at Fountain Hill Elementary and Northeast Middle School and as Teacher of Spanish I and Spanish for Native Speakers at Broughal Middle School.

In 1987 she became a teacher in the bilingual program at Broughal and Teacher of Homebound students before moving over to a Bilingual Special Education Teacher Position in 1987. In 1993 she became Acting Assistant Principal at Broughal and in 1995 she was appointed to Acting Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction at Broughal.

In early 1996 she was Acting Assistant Principal at Donegan and then moved on to Instructional Support Teacher at Broughal. In July of 1998, she became Acting Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction at Northeast and later in 1998 Assistant Principal at Northeast. In 2004 she was appointed Principal at Freemansburg Elementary School and in 2009 she was appointed Principal at Donegan Elementary School, the position she holds today.

Sonia Vazquez is an exceptional educator. She helps students, staff, and the BASD community achieve their educational goals and aspirations. Most recently, Sonia was awarded the United Way’s Lifetime Achievement Award presented to an individual who demonstrates a lifetime of philanthropic leadership and inspiring service to the Lehigh Valley Community. She has served our district with great passion for the betterment of our community.
It is with very great pleasure and on behalf of the Bethlehem Area School Board of Directors and the administration that we thank you for your dedication and the great job you have done in our district. We wish you all the very best in your future endeavors and we look forward to your continued success.

Thank you to all three of our dedicated retirees. We know your service doesn’t end here and we can’t wait to hear the great things that this new road will lead you to. You will be missed.

Congratulations!