Mrs. Amanda Cipola, Assistant to the Superintendent
Amanda is in her fifth year with Tulpehocken. She was previously Penn-Bernville's Principal, 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. Thomas Kowalonek, Business Manager
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
Mrs. 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 in 2010. 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
Mr. Rick Triest is in his 32nd 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.
Matt is starting his 8th year at Tulpehocken. Matt has a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from Kutztown University. He previously served as the IT Support Specialist for the district before moving to his new role. Outside of Tulpehocken, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 dogs, playing soccer and fastpitch softball.
Mr. Denis Quirk, Junior-Senior High School Principal
Mr. Denis Quirk is in his 10th 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.
Mr. Michael Leister, Assistant Principal
Mr. Michael Leister is in his 24th year in education, with his last 16 years here at Tulpehocken. He has served as the Jr./Sr. High Assistant Principal and 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.
Stacy is in her second year at Tulpehocken. This is her 16th year in education. Over the last 15 years, she has worked as a teacher and elementary education consultant. Stacy earned a BA in Elementary Education from Alvernia University, a Masters degree in Education from Cabrini College, and her principal certification from Drexel University. Stacy’s greatest achievement comes not professionally, but personally, she is the mother of 2 amazing children: Bradley (13) and Magdalyn (10). In her spare time, Ms. Linderman enjoys spending time with her family and going to the beach!
Mr. Derek Stehr, Bethel Elementary Principal