Welcome to the Palmerton Area Junior High School!


Dear Parents/Guardians

                Welcome to Palmerton Junior High School.  As I start my eleventh year here with Palmerton Area School District, I am excited to serve our community as the new Junior High School Principal.  Here is a little bit about me and my background.  I obtained my undergraduate degree from East Stroudsburg University.  After working in several community agencies including Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit, I attended Kutztown University where I received a Masters in Education and my principal certification was earned by attending Cabrini College.

                Although I am the “new” principal of the Junior High I served as one of the guidance counselors of the high school for eight years.  Two years ago I was appointed Dean of Students of both the Junior and Senior High Schools and this past year I served as the Assistant Principal of both the Junior and Senior High Schools.  I have had the good fortune of working closely with Mrs. Husar the former Junior High School Principal as well as the dedicated faculty and staff of the Junior High.  I will strive to make my transition as smooth as possible for your children and their teachers. 

                Junior High School years are a time of tremendous growth and changes in the lives of our children.  My main goal is to ensure every student is provided the highest quality education in a safe and supportive learning environment.  While working together as a team with our caring staff and parents I am committed to helping each student achieve their very best.

                Education is a partnership between school, students, parents/guardians and the community.  Success is achieved when we all work together as a team to achieve educational goals. Communication is the key to a successful educational experience.  As Principal please know that my door is always open and I welcome your input.  I believe that together we can make it a great year!


Rich DeSocio

Junior High Principal