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ASD Names New Principals for Roosevelt, Ritter Elementary

ASD Names New Principals for Roosevelt, Ritter Elementary
Posted on 05/26/2022

ALLENTOWN, PA — At the May 26 board meeting, the Allentown School District welcomed two new building leaders for the 2022-23 school year: Elizabeth Serrano and Lisa Brinker. 

Mrs. Elizabeth Serrano is currently a Supervisor of Special Education for the district and will now be the principal at Roosevelt Elementary. Mrs. Serrano began in ASD as a Special Education transitions coordinator in 2009 helping to ensure students have successful transitions  from school to the adult community. She has a strong desire to provide a nurturing environment for staff & students and is bilingual in Spanish. 

Mrs. Serrano holds master’s degrees in educational leadership from Wilkes University and is currently pursuing her doctorate from Slippery Rock University. She also received a bachelor’s degree in elementary & special education from Kutztown University.

Mrs. Lisa Brinker is currently the Supervisor of Instruction for Raub Middle School and has been named the principal at Ritter Elementary School. She has served in many teaching and administrative capacities at both the elementary and middle school levels in ASD. She has served in several administrative roles since 2019. Mrs. Brinker enjoys fostering relationships with students, staff and families by being a visible and interactive leader in the school. 

Mrs. Brinker holds a master’s degree from Lehigh University and was a participant in the Urban Principals Academy (U*PAL) and Residential Experience for Aspiring Leaders (REAL) program with Lehigh and ASD. She also received a Bachelor's in Elementary Education from Cedar Crest College.  

“We congratulate both of these dedicated leaders on their new roles within the Allentown School District,” said Dr. John D. Stanford, Superintendent. “Both Mrs. Serrano and Mrs. Brinker are great examples of the ability to successfully grow leadership from within. We are excited to see them continue to strengthen their relationships with students, staff and families in the community.”

Both Mrs. Serrano and Mrs. Brinker will begin their roles effective July 1, 2022. Additionally, the Board previously approved the election of G. Logan Blyler who will officially serve as the principal of Ramos Elementary. The district continues to search for additional elementary principal candidates to complete our leadership teams and expects to fill the vacancies prior to the end of the school year.