Our Community

The Hillside School is an extended family of students, alumni, parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, administration and The Board of Trustees, as well as professional and community supporters.

Over the past 35 years, The Hillside School has become recognized as a benchmark institution for educating children with language-based learning disabilities. Founded in 1983, The Hillside School opened its doors to ten students at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in Emmaus, PA. In 1989, The Hillside School moved to its current seven-acre location in Lower Macungie Township. Due to a demand for educational services and the growing support from our community, we have since added a computer lab, art room, science lab and middle school library.

Hillside Families

A Hillside Family includes the parents, siblings and grandparents of our students and alumni. We encourage family members to be actively involved. Parents have daily communication with their children’s teachers and are welcome to visit the school. The Hillside School serves as a lifelong resource for families.


Our alumni have a strong educational foundation and the strategies they need for continuing success in academics and their chosen careers. Many have gone on to colleges and universities such as Kutztown University, Lycoming College, DeSales University, Juilliard School, Georgetown University, Temple and Syracuse University.


Our expert teachers and professional staff are the heart of The Hillside School. Each member of our team has specialized skills and caring personalities that help to create a one-of-a-kind learning experience for each child.

Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees is responsible for establishing policies that support the school’s mission. Their support and advisement is the lifeline of The Hillside School’s continuing growth.

The 2018-2019 Board of Trustees includes:
Sandra Wagaman – President
Retired Teacher, The Hillside School
Lise Twiford
Curriculum Vitae American College of Financial Services
Nicole Studinger
Senior Account Executive, Viamedia
Jonathan Simon
Royal Green LLC
Anne Schott
Director of Human Resources, Palram Americas
Joseph Napolitano
Program Officer – The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust
A.J. Lemheney
Vice President Human Resources, New Vitae Wellness and Recovery Chief Operating Officer, New Vitae Wellness Foundation
Gretchen Krasley
Retired Educator, East Penn School District
Thomas Kenyon
Assistant General Counsel, Commerical, Americas, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
Donna Henry
Head of School, The Hillside School
Barbara Hornberger – Secretary
Retired Educator, The Hillside School
Robert F. Goehler
Retired Executive, Ingersoll-Rand Company
Jim Edwards
Frederick B. Duckloe
President, Fredrick Duckloe Bros. Inc.
Kristofer DePaolo
CEO, Werner & Company
Donna-Marie Daday – President Elect
Director, State and Local Tax, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Steven Cwienkala-Treasurer
Wealth Management Advisor, Morgan Stanley
Marc Breidenbach
Director of Design and Construction, Lehigh Valley Health Network