Degrees and Certifications:
Nathan Davidson, Principal
I am extremely excited to begin the 2019-2020 school year as the Principal of Whitehall High School. It is an honor to work with such a great professional staff, student body, and community. As a Lehigh Valley native, I have always admired the academic, athletic, and artistic reputation that has defined the Whitehall Coplay student body.
Through my educational experiences as a student and as a professional I have gained an appreciation for the journey that all of us are on as learners. All of us are at different stages of our journey, and I believe that my most important responsibility is to encourage and foster a passion for learning in all students. My journey began in the Northwestern Lehigh School District, where I attended school from grades K-8. I transferred to Allentown Central Catholic High School where my passion for teaching began. I attended Susquehanna University where I majored in History and minored in Education. I also attended Wilkes University where I obtained a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and most recently completed a Superintendent Certification program through Edinboro University.
My professional career began at Carson Long Military Institute where I taught U.S. History and World Cultures to high school students. My public school teaching career began in the Allentown School District at Raub Middle School and then William Allen High School. After six years in Allentown as a teacher and a Dean of Students, I became the Assistant Principal at Southern Lehigh Middle School.
Please know that I am always open to talk with community members, parents, and families of our students. When issues arise, please feel free to contact me via email or over the phone to communicate any concerns.
I look forward to our students returning this year and I can not wait to get this school year started!
Degrees and Certifications:
Gabriel Dillard, Asst Principal
As a new school year embarks, I am thrilled to once again have the opportunity to work with the students, staff and community members of the Whitehall-Coplay School District. During the past 4 years, I have been privileged to serve as Assistant Principal at Whitehall High School, alongside a talented and dedicated group of educators. We are excited to be a part of another year of learning and personal growth.
My experience in education began in Bethlehem, PA, where I attended Sacred Heart Elementary School and graduated from Notre Dame High School of Easton. It was at Notre Dame, where my aspirations to become an educator began and I went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Special Education and Elementary Education from Kutztown University.
In the fall of 2005, I decided to take my degree and test my newly acquired skills in a new climate and culture. I began my career as a special education teacher in Nanakuli, Hawaii, where I taught high school mathematics and served as an assistant wrestling coach. Two years later, my wife and I welcomed our first son and returned to the Lehigh Valley, where I spent the next seven years as a special education teacher at Wilson Area High School. During my time at Wilson, I obtained a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Wilkes University.
Throughout all my educational experiences, I have come to learn that all students have an innate desire to learn, all students have the ability to learn, and all students will learn, if provided meaningful learning experiences and inspirational educators. I firmly believe that Whitehall High School has that essential combination necessary to help students reach their full potential.
I look forward to working with you. Please feel free to reach out with any questions, concerns or ideas.
Degrees and Certifications:
Heather Hampton, Asst Principal
Since December 2006, I have served the Whitehall-Coplay School District as Whitehall High School Assistant Principal. During this time, I have had the extreme pleasure to work with the students and staff of WHS helping to provide excellent opportunities for academic success. In my role as Assistant Principal, I coordinate many of the high school’s academic and assessment programs. Whitehall High School offers various programs to help all students achieve their personal best. As we begin the 2019-2020 school year, we once again offer many new and exciting opportunities for students to grow academically, develop personally, and become an active member of the school community.
Prior to becoming a school administrator, I served as a middle school Mathematics Specialist and high school Mathematics Teacher in the Nazareth Area School District. I started my teaching career in the Easton Area School District as a high school Mathematics teacher. I also served both districts as a club advisor to SADD.
In preparation for my teaching career, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Millersville University. I continued my education at Lehigh University, where I earned a Master's of Education degree in the program of Educational Leadership and continued to extend my education at Lehigh to obtain Principal and Superintendent PK-12 certifications. Through my continued education, I have had the opportunity to broaden my background in leading a standards-based instructional program, strengthen my administrative and leadership skills, and gain a district-wide perspective of shared leadership.
As a graduate, musician and student-athlete of Liberty High School, I learned the value of excellence in education and school pride. Throughout all of my educational opportunities, I have held these principles close to my heart and continue to strive to provide students with similar opportunities. As an adult, I continue to enjoy my passion for learning, love of reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
I look forward to the year ahead and wish everyone a fabulous and successful 2019-2020 school year. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance.
Degrees and Certifications:
Alicia Knauff, Asst Principal
My educational experiences began right here in the Whitehall-Coplay School District, where I attended K-12. I then earned a degree in Psychology, Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish at Cedar Crest College. Upon being hired as an ESOL teacher in the Allentown School district, I earned my ESOL Specialist certification at DeSales University where I also completed my masters in Teaching English Speakers of Other Languages. After teaching ESOL students at Dodd Elementary for two years, I then transitioned to working at Communities In Schools, an alternative high school within the Allentown School District. I taught 9th and 10th grade English at CIS for three years before returning to Whitehall.
When the opportunity arose for me to work at my alma matter, I jumped on the opportunity and began working at Steckel in 2006 as an ESOL teacher. Upon completion of my principal certification, through Cabrini College, I transitioned to the high school in 2010. My love of learning led me to begin a doctoral program in Administration and Leadership in 2014 through East Stroudsburg University. Although I have completed all course work associated with the degree, I have a long road ahead of me before my dissertation is completed.
As a graduate and resident of Whitehall, I am invested in making Whitehall High School a place where students are excited to come, parents feel welcome, and an organization we are all proud to say we are a part of! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. I welcome any feedback and look forward to meeting each of you throughout the course of the school year.
Whitehall High School offers an eight-period rotating schedule with full year and semester courses. Class periods run approximately 55 minutes. Students select their academic and/or technical programming, which provides the optimal preparation for their goals in college, business, trade schools, armed forces, and the work force. Recommended course selections are provided by the student’s counselor. High School students may also participate in programs at LCTI while continuing to attend classes and participate in extracurricular activities at the home school.
In addition to the 18 varsity sports offered at Whitehall High School, there are also over 40 different clubs and activities students can get involved in throughout the year, including a very active Student Council and National Honor Society.
The Whitehall High School School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support is a framework with a focus on prevention and intervention to assist in: increasing compliant and positive behaviors, increasing safety and comfort, and increasing positive school climate and culture. The overall goal of SWPBIS is to increase academic performance by teaching, modeling and reinforcing positive behavior. Our SWPBIS framework recognizes students who show their Zephyr PRIDE by demonstrating they are Prepared, Respectful, Involved, Dependable, and Empathetic.
Students must successfully complete a minimum number of credits in order to receive a high school diploma. In addition, students must successfully complete a graduation project as prescribed in Chapter 4 regulations. Quality points for course work are awarded as follows: A = 4.0, B = 3.0, C = 2.0, D = 1.0, and F = 0.0. Additional quality points for ranking purposes are awarded for Honors, Dual Enrollment, an AP courses. Further details can be found in the WHS Course of Study Catalog.
Minimum Required Units for Graduation: Minimum of 25 credits
4.0 units of English
4.0 units of Social Studies
4.0 units of Science
4.0 units of Mathematics
2.0 units of Fitness & Wellness
1.0 unit of Industrial Business/Technology
1.0 unit of Art/Music
5.0 units of Career Pathway Electives
Proficiency on Algebra 1, Literature, and Biology Keystone Exam – Beginning with the Class of 2019
POST HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION - CLASS OF 2017
Private Liberal Arts Colleges & Universities 26% State Colleges & Universities 22% Community Colleges 28% Trade and Technical Schools 4% Military 6% Employment 5% Undecided 13%
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools - PA Department of Education
Nicole Seng - students with last names A-C, Amy Madeira – students with last names D-He, Meredith Kester – students with last names Hi-Mi, Chad Stefanyak – students with last names Mj-R, Richard E. LaDuke – students with last names S-Z
The counselors will work closely with both parents and students to develop a career-oriented educational plan for each student. The recommended program of testing includes: Freshmen - Keystone Exam Sophomores - Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) (Optional), Keystone Exam, Career Inventory Juniors - Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), ASVAB, Keystone Exam, Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), American College Test (SAT) Seniors - Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Achievement Test (ACH), American College Test (ACT), National Occupation Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) (LCTI Students), Keystone Exam College and financial aid workshops, as well as parent orientation nights are sponsored by the department. The school counselors are very involved with students in both individual and small group counseling sessions. This interaction covers a wide range of topics including (but not limited to) career counseling, emotional concerns, peer relationship/family problems, academic difficulties, and drug and alcohol issues. All students are strongly encouraged to see their counselor immediately should any of these concerns arise or to simply gather information.
AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING PROGRAM
Students requiring more time and support to be successful may attend an After School Tutoring Program. Please contact your school counselor regarding this program.
AFTER SCHOOL LIBRARY
A certified teacher is available after school to assist students with homework. Hours are posted in the main office.
Mr. Robert Hartman, Athletic Director Boys - cross country, golf, football, soccer, basketball, swimming, wrestling, tennis, track, baseball, and volleyball Girls - cross country, field hockey, basketball, swimming, tennis, track, softball, volleyball, soccer, cheerleading