Kathleen is particularly passionate about making sure all students, regardless of their economic standing, cultural background, or learning differences receive a solid educational base on which to anchor their future and the future of their families and community. She resolutely believes that education has the potential to improve the lives of individuals and future generations.
Kathleen has been impressed with the range of opportunities afforded to Spring-Ford students and the academic and extra-curricular achievements resulting from them. However, despite the accolades earned by students and staff, and there are many, Spring-Ford Area School District hasn’t reached its full potential. In an article published by US News and World Report, Spring-Ford Area School District ranked 54th among 676 high schools in Pennsylvania. This is great – something of which we can all be proud; however, Perkiomen Valley and Methacton School Districts ranked 22 and 23, respectively. When looking at the dropout rate at Spring-Ford, special education and economically disadvantaged students are overrepresented.
Kathleen has worked in the field of education for thirty years. She has taught both regular and special education students. She is currently employed by a special education school in Plymouth Meeting where, for the past twenty years, she has worked as a classroom teacher, reading specialist supervisor, and as a curriculum, instruction, and assessment specialist. She has experience with school budgeting, professional development, teacher induction and evaluation, and student rostering.
Kathleen Drennan is one of four children born into a blue-collar family in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Her father quit school after the eighth grade and went to join several previous generations working at the Bethlehem Steel Company to help support the family. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, Kathleen was the first of her extended family to attend and graduate from college. While raising a family and working a full-time job, she attended night school for several years to earn a Master’s degree in Education as well as several specialized certifications.
Linda Fazzini has lived in Upper Providence for over 22 years. She attended Pittsburgh public schools and then received her BS in Chemistry from Franklin & Marshall College and her MS in Environmental Engineering from Penn State. She has worked as a chemist for Roy F. Weston and Enseco Labs and as an Environmental Engineer for Boeing. As an engineer at Boeing, she worked in process engineering in manufacturing, plating lines and waste streams. She was also involved in overseeing facility operations at different levels, reducing costs through recycling, streamlining or introducing new processes, and long-term planning. Linda and her husband Dave, a Financial Planner have four children that range in age from 14-21. Her two oldest children have graduated from Spring-Ford school district and are currently attending the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State. Her two younger children are a freshman and a senior in the district.
Linda has a strong regard for the school district and would like to give back to the public education system that has done so much for her family. She is a strong advocate of maintaining and building on the high academic standards at Spring-Ford. She believes in emphasizing and supporting good teaching and strong extra-curricular activities to create well-rounded, responsible students who become contributing citizens. She will strive to maintain financial responsibility, using tax-payers’ money wisely with long-term planning and sustainable budgets. Linda has played an active role in the community. She served as a volunteer for the Spring-Ford schools, Upper Providence Little League, and the Girl Scouts as a leader of two troops for over 10 years. Linda is an extremely hard worker who wants to dedicate her time and experience to helping Spring-Ford provide a public education environment that allows students and the community to thrive.