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May 2012 – Summer Edition

Jessica Degler, 2010, graduated from Keystone Technical Institute in January of 2012 as “Magma Cum Laude” with an associates degree in specialized business as a Professional Massage Therapy Specialist. She is currently working in her field at Valhalla Health & Fitness Club located in Exeter.


Matthew Michaels, 2010, left in March of 2012 for basic training in the Marines.



Six Tulpehocken Virtual Academy students are eligible for graduation in June. Congratulations!


Anamarie Burns, 2016, and Mikaela Seltzer, 2017, placed Fourth in the Disease Detectives event at the Science Olympiad Regional Competition on March 14, 2012 at Kutztown University.


Jayne Miller, class of 2006, lives and works in Washington, DC, where she is an editor and graphic designer with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). IFES is the global leader in democracy promotion, advancing good governance and democratic rights by providing technical assistance to election officials; empowering the under-represented to participate in the political process, and applying field-based research to improve the electoral cycle. Since 1987 IFES has worked in 135 countries, from developing democracies to mature democracies.

In this role, Jayne has contributed to projects across the globe, including the design of a handbook to accompany a training for women in Afghanistan as a tool for advocates of women’s rights and gender equality. She is currently editing and designing a series of publications on women in the Middle East and North Africa, based on public opinion surveys that cover economic status, availability of medical care, freedom of movement, etc.

Previously, Jayne served as a media and communications fellow with the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Health Group. In this role, she contributed to over 100 media hits leading to the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act in 2011.


Marissa Loeb, 2016, was one of the top seven winners in the Pennsylvania Alcohol Awareness Contest who received a $100 savings bond and whose poster will be reproduced all over Pennsylvania in the form of posters and bookmarks!


Mikaila Milks, 2021, will be attending the National Young Scholars program this summer at Villanova. Participants are High Achieving Students in grades 3, 4, and 5. She will be studying crime scene investigations.


Eileen Berger, 4th Grade Teacher at Bethel, was recognized by the “About Families”section of the Reading Eagle. “About Families” recognizes Berks County Teachers for their dedication and performances based upon letters by the students.


Robert Stepenaskie, Learning Support Teacher at Penn-Bernville, was nominated for the Anne Sullivan Award. The Anne Sullivan Award is sponsored by the Intermediate Unit Public Relations Consortium nad the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units and recognizes outstanding educators who encourage the understanding and promotion of students with disabilities in their school or community.


Michelle Schneck, 2nd Grade Teacher at Bethel Elementary, ran the Board Street Run. This event is held in Philadelphia and consists of 10 miles.


Bethel Elementary’s third grade teachers hatched a total of 28 chicks this year without any help from outside organizations.


Tulpy Tunes celebrated their two year anniversary on March 25, 2012. Thanks to all who contributed music, time, and effort into this project.

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