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Mr. Kenneth A. Berlin, Superintendent
10782 Wattsburg Road
Erie, PA  16509
814-824-3400, ext. 4515

Ken Berlin has worked in the field of public education for 29 years and has been the superintendent of the Wattsburg Area School District since 2013.  Mr. Berlin has been a Principal in both the Wattsburg and Iroquois School Districts in various positions at the elementary, middle, and high school level.  Ken also served as the Assistant Director of Educational Programs for the Northwestern Tri-County Intermediate Unit.  Mr. Berlin holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and a Master's Degree in Education from Edinboro University.  In addition, he earned his Superintendent Certification from Gannon University.  He is currently working on his Doctorate in Educational Leadership at California University of PA.  Ken taught as an Adjunct Professor in Gannon University’s Graduate School of Education for ten years and now serves as an Instructor at Edinboro University in the Educational Leadership Program.

Mrs. Rebecca Kelley, Assistant to the Superintendent
10782 Wattsburg Road
Erie, PA 16509
814-824-3400 ext. 4532
Rebecca Kelley comes to the Wattsburg Area School District with certifications in the areas of Elementary Education, Special Education K-12, Principal K-12, Supervisory of Special Education, and Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility.  Rebecca has a Bachelor’s in Elementary and Special Education with a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Edinboro University.  She has professional experience teaching and leading educational reform at the elementary, secondary, and collegiate level. Rebecca’s most recent professional experience was with the North East School District as the Director of Special Education where she led curriculum and community efforts to support students with varying ability levels.  
Mrs. Vicki Bendig, Business Administrator
10782 Wattsburg Road
Erie, PA 16509
814-824-3400, ext. 4533

Vicki Bendig is the Business Administrator for the Wattsburg Area School District. Prior to joining our administrative team, Vicki had accumulated over 15 years in the business world with a focus on Human Resources, Payroll and Benefits and most recently had spent 6 years with Erie’s Public Schools in the business office as Payroll Manager. Vicki has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with a concentration in Business from Grove City College and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University.


Mrs. MerriBeth Knappenberger, Special Education Supervisor
10770 Wattsburg Road
Erie, PA 16509
814-824-3400, ext. 4126
MerriBeth is the Special Education Supervisor for the Wattsburg Area School District.  She has 25 years of experience in the field of special education. She has an undergraduate degree in teaching special education and a Master’s in Educational Psychology from Edinboro University.  She is currently All but Dissertation (ABD) from the University of Pittsburgh in Curriculum and Learning, her area of specialty is special education and behavior. Since coming to Wattsburg, MerriBeth has focused on developing special education programs that meet the varied needs of the students in the district, this includes district-wide Emotional Support Programs and Life Skills Programs. Currently, MerriBeth is focused on the development of the district’s Special Education Plan, increasing parent involvement through the development of parent trainings with the IU 5 and other local school districts, and implementing the action plan from the 2014-2015 special education audit.

Eric Schultz
Mr. Eric Schultz, Plant Operations Supervisor
10782 Wattsburg Road
Erie, PA 16509
814-824-3400, ext. 4114

Eric Schultz has been with the Wattsburg Area School District since October of 2005. As Plant Operations Supervisor, Mr. Schultz is responsible for the management of the maintenance and custodial services for the buildings that make up the Wattsburg Area School District. Eric also oversees the transportation department, busing nearly 1,600 students to public, private, and parochial schools throughout the Wattsburg and Erie area. In addition, he is responsible for administering the Potable water and Waste water programs for all District buildings and oversees contracted services.

Prior to joining Wattsburg Area School District, Mr. Schultz was the director of facilities with the Regional Cancer Center. Additionally, he spent 13 years in the Erie Catholic Diocese as maintenance manager for Blessed Sacrament, Holy Family, Saint Ann and Saint Casmir Parishes and Schools.


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