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Bethlehem district beefs up administration

He said the new hires will help him direct his attention to other important areas.

"I'm hoping it will allow me to do more instructional leadership and continuous curriculum improvement," Abba said.

To prepare for the position as dean, Meltzer performed a 600-hour internship, receiving an educational administrator's degree from the University of Albany to go along with her current 13 years of teaching at the high school and serving as 10th grade dean.

"Being a teacher for 13 years is a really key piece," Meltzer said. "The more time you have in a classroom the more you are able to understand kids."

Meltzer has already worked with the Bethlehem Central Community Organization to begin a speaker's bureau for students. Some of her new duties will be to continue many of the programs she helped initiate and work on the district's new alternative education program as well.

"Everything we do is to support the kids," Meltzer said.

Zadoorian joins the district as middle school house leader after serving as a school counselor in Lansingburgh. Baker taught English at the middle school before joining as house leader.

The four new administrators will assume their roles on July 1.

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