The Scranton School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children (SSDHHC) will start the 2014-’15 school year with a new leader. Jon Konzelman was recently named as the school’s director. After teaching in the classroom for many years, he obtained an M.Ed. from the University of Scranton and will move into his current role after serving as SSDHHC assistant director, where he was responsible for community relations and development of the newest school for deaf and hard-of-hearing children in the nation.

“We are gratified to have an educator of the caliber of Jon Konzelman serving our students,” said Donald E. Rhoten, chief executive officer of the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and the Scranton School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children, “He is widely respected in our school community and brings a wealth of experience, energy and professionalism to the task. We look forward to seeing our school continue to grow and thrive under his leadership.”

“This school is deeply committed to meeting the individual needs of our students and supporting our families through the exceptional services our faculty and staff provides,” Konzelman said. “I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve our school community in this meaningful way.”

In addition to earning an M.Ed, Konzelman obtained a bachelor of science in physical education degree from Baptist Bible College and a master of science degree in exercise science from California University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the National Academy of Sports Medicine and serves on the board of directors for NeighborWorks Northeastern PA and is an active member of Heritage Baptist Church.

Konzelman lives in South Abington Township with his wife, Amy, and their son, J.J.

The Scranton School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children is committed to developing students for a lifetime of success. A program of the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, the school offers academic, residential and support services to students at no cost to their families. The Scranton School advances the philosophy that all children are special and each student is unique. The Scranton School is committed to providing a successful and enduring legacy of quality education for deaf and hard of hearing students in northeast Pennsylvania and beyond.