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Patti Ebbert

JSHS Principal


It is with great pleasure and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as your new Junior/Senior High School Principal at Panther Valley. I am genuinely humbled to become part of a leadership team that has greeted me with such a warm welcome! In the few meetings that I have attended, the steadfast goal-oriented objectives are being accomplished, which showcases their commitment to the students of Panther Valley.

So, a little bit about myself.  My name is Patti Ebbert. I am a proud 1982 graduate of Panther Valley, and I am proud to be allowed to return to my roots as an educational leader.  I previously was a teacher in the Lehighton Area Elementary Center, where I was the MTSS Coordinator for the past six years.  I was also a 5th and 6th-grade math teacher, Title 1 math teacher, and a gifted teacher for grades 5-8.  

My formal educational experience includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University, a master’s degree in Educational Development and Strategies from Wilkes University, and an Educational Leadership /Principal Certification from CLIU21.

My vision and beliefs include open communication between our staff, students, parents, school community members, and stakeholders to bring about positive change.  It is essential that staff and students are recognized for their achievements and to encourage that commitment to success, is something I will work hard to achieve in our school.  I will work diligently to assist students and to make those critical connections with everyone and to be committed to developing the whole child.

One of the most important aspects of my work here at Panther Valley will be to build strong relationships with students, teachers, and families. My day will be ever-changing as I greet your child in the hallways, classrooms, at sporting events and activities.  I will ensure that all students are exposed to rigorous curriculum and instruction that is challenging yet engaging.  I will strive to have students challenge themselves and to never give up on their dreams.  My door will always be open for both the students, staff, and parents as we navigate the student’s educational experience. 

My family consists of my husband of 27 years and our three sons.  We live in Lehighton, and so do all 3 of my sons. My husband is a retired police officer after serving for 31 years and now works for the state. Our oldest son Neal works on the turnpike and is a veteran of the USAF.  Our son Geoff currently works in landscaping, and our son Andrew is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh.   I am a diehard Steelers fan, and you can probably find me at games throughout the year. 

I’m looking forward to meeting each of you as we start this new and exciting year together! Please feel free to contact me at 570-645-2171 at ext—3005 with any questions or concerns. 

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                                                            August 1, 2019

Parents/Guardians, students, and other members of the Panther Valley Community:

It’s August again—we all know what that means—Back to School Month!  As the summer break is drawing to a close, I hope that each of you are having a restful and enjoyable summer vacation!   There are a few important dates that I want to bring to your attention at this time:

First, school resumes for students on August 26, 2019.  

Fall Sports begin on August 12, 2019, with the exception of football, which starts on August 5, 2019.

Band Camp begins on August 5, 2019 and runs from 9:00 a.m.-2 p.m.

Additionally, as students are preparing for the beginning of the 2019-2020 academic year, I would like to pass along some beneficial resources for parents and students to refer to:

Tips to Motivating Teens to Read More Book/More Frequently: 


Some Suggestions for Summer Reading:



As the summer vacation is drawing to a close, the hot summer weather continues.  Please remember to stay hydrated and limit your time in the sun. 

“Dehydration can cause a variety of symptoms including headaches, fatigue, lack of focus, dizziness, and in some severe cases, fainting” (Ahmad, 2017).

To read Sidrah Ahmad’s Full Article on the importance of staying hydrated, visit:


Due to the hot weather at the beginning of the school year (first 6 weeks), students will be permitted to wear shorts that are a school appropriate length.  Please refer and adhere to the dress code in the student handbook for information on what is permitted. 

We’re looking forward to beginning the 2019-2020 school year at Panther Valley!

Enjoy the rest of your summer break!



Mr. Gunnels

Building Principal 

Panther Valley Junior-Senior High 





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