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District Information
The Tulpehocken Area School District is located in the northwestern corner of Berks County. It is approximately 45 miles east of Harrisburg, 20 miles north of Reading, and 45 miles west of Allentown. It includes the five municipalities of Penn Township, Tulpehocken Township, Jefferson Township, Bethel Township, and Bernville Borough. The district encompasses approximately 100 square miles.

Students in the Tulpehocken Area School District are educated in three buildings. The Bethel Elementary School and the Penn Bernville Elementary School are located on opposite ends of the district and educate students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The Tulpehocken Area Junior-Senior High School educates students in grades seven through twelve. There are approximately 1450 students served by the Tulpehocken Area School District.
District Administration
717-933-4611, x2118
Dr. Robert Schultz is in his 25th year in education.  He has beent the Superintendent of the Tulpehocken Area School District since July 2015.  Over the course of his career he has served as a teacher, coach, principal, and assistant superintendent.  Rob has worked in both the Lower Dauphin and West Shore School Districts.  Rob enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family.  He is looking forward to meeting and working with everyone in the Tulpehocken Area School District.
Mr. Thomas Kowalonek, Business Manager
717-933-4611, x2103
Tom has been leading the operations of the district since 2009 and has been a member of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials for over 15 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Lehigh University and attended the Central Atlantic Advanced School of Banking at Bucknell University. Tom also has spent many years in the banking and financial services industry. He enjoys golf, hunting and travel.

Mrs. Lisa Kiss, Director of Special Education
717-933-4611, x2108
Lisa Kiss is Tulpehocken’s Director of Special Education. She taught Special Education and Gifted Education for over 21 years before joining the administrative team four years ago. She attended Penn State University to earn her Master’s in Teaching and Curriculum and her Supervisory Certificate in Special Education. She is married and has two children. She enjoys playing the piano, exercising, and vacationing with her family.

Mr. Rick Triest, Director of Buildings and Grounds
717-933-4611, x2122
Mr. Rick Triest is in his 31st year with the Tulpehocken Area School District. He is serving as Director of Buildings and Grounds. Previously he served as Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds/Transportation, head custodian, custodian and substitute custodian. Rick loves camping and spending time with his grandchildren.

Mr. Andrew Netznik, Principal of Junior-Senior High School
610-488-6286, X1124
Mr. Andrew Netznik is in his 14th year in education, and in his second year here at Tulpehocken. He has served 7 years as an administrator in both Schuylkill Haven Area and Hamburg Area. He previously worked as a teacher in Tamaqua Area High School as a social studies teacher. He has a B.A. in Social Studies education from Moravian College, an M.S. in Educational Leadership from Wilkes University and Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility from Alvernia University. He is certainly looking forward to getting to know everyone and join the Tulpy Family.

Mr. Michael Leister, High School Assistant Principal
610-488-6286, x1106
Mr. Michael Leister is in his 23rd year in education, with his last 12 years here at Tulpehocken. He has served 7 years as the Jr./Sr. High Assistant Principal and 5 years as the Jr. High House Principal. He previously worked in the Bellefonte and Reading School Districts. He has a B.S. from Penn State University and an M.S. from Seton Hall University. He is a huge Penn State fan and enjoys hunting and fishing.

Mr. Denis Quirk, Junior High House Principal
610-488-6286, X1115
Mr. Denis Quirk is in his 9th year in education, and in his second year here at Tulpehocken. He spent 8 years teaching Physics and Earth Science at Conestoga Valley High School, as well as coaching football, wrestling, and track and field. Mr. Quirk completed his undergraduate studies at Millersville University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Education. He obtained his Master of Education degree from Cabrini College. In his free time, Mr. Quirk enjoys being outdoors and spending time with his wife and daughter.

Mrs. Amanda Cipolla, Penn-Bernville Elementary Principal
Amanda Cipolla is entering her 2nd year as the  Penn-Bernville Elementary principal and her 10th year in education. She was previously a Special Education teacher, Response to Instruction and Intervention Coordinator and Dean of Students. She has a BS Degree in Elementary and Special Education, Reading Specialist certification and a MS Degree in Education from Kutztown University.  Amanda obtained her principal certification from Alvernia  University.  She enjoys riding her ATV, camping, exercising and spending time with her husband and two dogs. 

Mr. Mark Brown, Bethel Elementary Principal

Mark Brown is in his 16th year of education.   He graduated from Kutztown University in 2000 and began his teaching career as a 4th grade teacher in Stafford County, Virginia. In 2005 he moved back to Pennsylvania where he continued his career in the Northern Lebanon School District. During his 9 years at Northern Lebanon he served as a teacher of grades 3, 5, and 6. In 2010 he earned a Masters Degree in Teaching and Curriculum from Penn State, along with a principal certification.  Outside of school he enjoys many hobbies. Some of these include playing the guitar, water skiing, snow skiing and, most importantly, spending time with his wife and 3 children.
District Administrative Office
27 Rehrersburg Road
Bethel, PA 19507
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