Bears Den Podcast Series

  • The Bears Den Podcast Series is a communication initiative designed to build better public awareness of our success, challenges, opportunities, and student/staff programs and offerings to lead to more informed public understanding and support of our school system. In addition, we hope it will increase interest in our school system among parents and non-parents by having quick and informative content readily available through the EASD website and YouTube Channel. We will cover various topics, striving to bring our stakeholders relevant information and resources related to the school district. To ask a question about a previous podcast or to suggest a topic for a future episode, email Troy Portser, director of school and community information, at



    Episode 5: School Safety and Security Part 1: EASD's Robust Partnership with Local Law Enforcement

    Guests: Richard Toth, Director of Human Resources and Safety and Security Coordinator for EASD; Sue Smith, Assistant Safety and Security Coordinator for EASD; Jake Kadilak, Elizabethtown Police Officer and School Resource Officer; Edward Cunningham, Chief of Police for Elizabethtown Police Department; and Mark Mayberry, Chief of Police for Northwest Regional Police Department.

    Recorded: February 2022

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    Episode 4: It Takes A Village: A conversation with community partners Greater Elizabethtown Area Recreation & Community Services, also known as GEARS; Elizabethtown Community Housing & Outreach Services, also known as ECHOS; and Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care, also known as EACTCT.

    Guests: Richard Schwarzman (Assistant to the Superintendent for Support Services and Compliance); Wendy Musser (GEARS Kid Center Director); Wendy Stivers (Clinical Director for ECHOS), and Gail Viscome (Executive Director for EACTC). 

    Recorded: January 2022

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    Episode 3: First 10: Improving the quality and coordination of early childhood education.

    Guests: Richard Schwarzman (Assistant to the Superintendent for Support Services and Compliance) and Michael Pericci (Principal of Mill Road Elementary School) representing the Elizabethtown Area School District, and Nicole Robinson representing the First Ten Partnership.

    Recorded: December 2021

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    Episode 2: Exploring EASD's long-standing relationship with the Elizabethtown Area Education Foundation

    Guests: Joseph Murphy and Bernadette Hohenadel representing the Elizabethtown Area Education Foundation, and Erin Grosh, EASD school board member

    Recorded: November 2021

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    Episode 1: Exploring EASD's dynamic partnership with the Market Street Sports Group

    Guests: Jason Jesberger and Jeff Bertoni representing the Market Streets Sports Group, and Dan Forry, EASD business manager

    Recorded: October 2021

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