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At the beginning of each school year, three outstanding teachers are recognized and receive the BEST Award at Convocation. The BASD marked history this school year as we started a new tradition to highlight a support staff member and present them with the title of BASD Employee of the Month.

Dr. Joseph Roy, Superintendent of Schools, surprised Linda Porrata-Lopez with the honor of being named the Bethlehem Area School District Employee of the Month for December 2019.

Linda is the Secretary to Carole Schachter the Supervisor of English Acquisition. She has been employed with the district for over 40 years. We are proud to also mention that Linda is #BuiltbyBethlehem and is a Liberty High School graduate.

Dr. Roy stated; “Linda devoted over 40 years of her life to supporting our teachers, administrators and most importantly, our students. In her current role, she welcomes families from around the globe as they relocate to Bethlehem. In addition to registering students for school, Linda serves as advisor and supporter for families who are often starting their lives anew in Bethlehem. I can only imagine the tremendous relief our immigrant parents feel when Linda welcomes them with open arms and helps them navigate their new home. Thank you Linda for making an enormous difference in the lives of our families!.”

We extend many thanks to Linda for her continued service to the district. Congratulations Linda.

About the Bethlehem Area School District

The Bethlehem Area School District is the 6th largest school district in Pennsylvania serving nearly 14,000 culturally and economically diverse students in 22 community-based schools. The district serves five municipalities: City of Bethlehem, Bethlehem Township, Hanover Township, Freemansburg, and Fountain Hill. The district enjoys numerous community partnerships with universities, businesses, and arts providers that extend the schools’ rich curricular and co-curricular offerings.


Information provided to TVL by:
Barbara Clymer
Assistant to the Superintendent for Communications
Bethlehem Area School District
1516 Sycamore Street
Bethlehem, PA 18017