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Mr. Gabe Dillard, Principal

It is my pleasure to introduce myself to the Zephyr community. As we begin the 2nd semester, I am
thrilled for the opportunity to serve as acting Principal of Zephyr Elementary School. I look forward to
getting to know the students, staff, and families of Zephyr Elementary, and hope to provide you with a
few details about who I am prior to my official start on January 24th.

During the past 8 years, I have been privileged to serve as Assistant Principal at Whitehall High School.
Prior to that, 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 began my career as a special education teacher in Nanakuli, Hawaii. In Hawaii, I
taught high school mathematics and served as an assistant wrestling coach. Two years later, my wife
and I welcomed our first son and decided to return 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.

Currently, my wife and I reside in Bethlehem Township with our three sons, Keanu, Reef, and Waimea,
and our Jack Russell terrier, Moki. All three of our sons are actively involved in athletics and much of
our time outside of school is spent on the wrestling mat or the football field. Additionally, my wife and I
are both from large families and typically spend free time visiting and catching up with siblings.

Since the beginning of my career in Whitehall, I have always felt welcome by students and staff, and
have taken pride in continuing to share that feeling with others in our community. As you get to know
me better, you will find that I value the benefits gained by working together as a team. It is my hope to
partner with you and collectively help students reach their fullest potential. Additionally, I think it is
important for students to learn the value of setting goals, to learn what their strengths are, and to
constantly strive to improve daily.

I look forward to working with the Zephyr students, staff, and families, and can’t wait to get started.
Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you might have.

BUILDING HOURS: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM, Phone: 610-871-3671 Fax: 610-871-3672

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