Building Leadership

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Heather Morningstar, Principal

Ms. Morningstar is the principal of Salisbury High School and has had the privilege of being an educator for the past 26 years. Prior to becoming principal of SHS in 2007, Ms. Morningstar served briefly as the assistant principal of SHS and was also an assistant principal of Whitehall-Coplay Middle School. Before entering administration, Ms. Morningstar taught English at Emmaus High School. Ms. Morningstar received a B.A. in English from Lycoming College, an M.A. in English from Kutztown University, and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Wilkes University. She is currently a doctoral student at Gwynedd Mercy University.

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Ryan Yurchick, Assistant Principal

Since taking on the role of assistant principal at SHS in 2021, Mr. Yurchick has been working to build strong home to school connections. As a firm believer in the impact of a holistic approach to the education of our young people. Mr. Y sees the importance in focusing on academic achievement, while also placing great emphasis on the physical, social, and emotional development so that we are prepared to take on each and every new day.

Mr. Y’s classroom experience goes back to his time as a middle school health education instructor in Beverly and Rockport, Massachusetts. He was recently a health & physical education instructor at Moravian Academy and served in the same role at SHS for a few years. Mr. Y also served two separate stints as an assistant track & field coach at Lehigh University. While at Lehigh, Mr. Y. earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. He received his teaching certificate from Lock Haven University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health & Physical Education. He is also a graduate of Johnsonburg Area High School, where he was an active member of student council, national honor society, yearbook/journalism, track & field, basketball, and football.

While in Massachusetts, Mr. Y took on leadership roles where he served as a school equity coordinator, sustainability club/community service coordinator, and led the Polar Plunge team on annual Super Bowl Sunday dives into the frigid Atlantic Ocean. During the summer months, he switched gears and was a summer school principal in the city of Salem.

In addition to working with the amazing people of Salisbury Township, he also enjoys downtime with his family and tends to spend most of his free time at concerts or outdoors on hikes and random adventures.

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Monica Deeb, Director of Student Activities

Ms. Deeb was named Salisbury’s Director of Student Activities in 1999. She is an extremely proud graduate of Salisbury High School and Moravian College. Ms. Deeb loves sports, the arts, and the great outdoors! Before arriving at her alma mater, she was a sportswriter for The Morning Call. She serves as the boys’ soccer chairperson for the Colonial League. Ms. Deeb loves seeing Salisbury students succeed in the classroom and in athletic/extracurricular arenas and loves promoting these accomplishments. Go Falcons! #yoursalisbury

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Rich Nothstein, School Resourse Officer

The School Resource Officer(SRO) program was implemented in the Salisbury Township School District in September 2005, by mutual consent and agreement of the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners and the Salisbury Township School District, with the following goals:

  • To create and maintain a safe, secure, and orderly learning environment for students, parents, teachers, and all other school personnel

  • To establish a trusting channel of communication with students, parents, and teachers

  • To serve as a positive role model

  • To take steps appropriate and consistent with a law enforcement officer’s duty, if a crime should occur

  • To bridge the gap between law enforcement officers and students and to increase positive attitudes toward law enforcement

The SRO program is just that, a resource. This program represents and reflects a proactive community partnership between Salisbury Township and the Salisbury Township School District. The SRO program is based on a triad concept, which consists of a law enforcement officer, a teacher, and an informal counselor. As a law enforcement officer, the SRO investigates crimes and makes arrests, when state laws are violated. The SRO can be an educational resource and can provide law related information to students, parents, and teachers. The SRO may also work with the school’s counselors to provide information on community services, as well as the law. School Resource Officers have become a valuable part of schools and an important link between students and the police community.