Samuel Lee, Ed.D


“It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the Superintendent of the Bristol Township School District. We look forward to building on past and current successes and are committed to providing opportunities for every student to realize their potential.” 

An educator and administrator with almost three decades of experience, Dr. Lee was most recently a director at the Gloucester County, N.J. School District.  He has been a teacher, building principal and central office administrator and has served in a number of capacities providing leadership and development for special education, student support services, career-technical education, curriculum and instruction, technology, school construction, policy and planning and operations.

He is a graduate of St. Joseph's University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, a Master of Sciences Degree in Educational Administration, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership. 


John Steffy
Business Manager

“Our fiscal responsibility is to serve the community by providing our students with a great education in a safe and healthy learning environment.” 

A veteran of more than 20 years in school district business management, John Steffy's experience includes the top business positions at the Reading School District, the Penn-Delco School District and the Antietam School District. He has responsibility for finance, operations, maintenance, food service and human resources in Bristol Township School District. 


Lou deFonteny
Acting Director, Special Education and Pupil Services

Lou deFonteny is a product of Bristol Township School District having attended Lafayette Elementary School, Franklin D Roosevelt Middle School, and Harry S Truman High School. Upon graduation from Bloomsburg University with a certification in Special Education, he returned to Bristol Township where he has spent the past twenty years serving the district as a special education teacher, principal, supervisor of special education services, and now acting director of special education and pupil services.

 “Our goal is to provide students with the opportunity to learn and feel successful. Through the support of highly qualified staff and specialized programs, we work each day to recognize individual student’s strengths and identify areas of need to help them improve.”



Melanie Gehrens, Ed.D
Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction, Secondary Schools


Melanie Gehrens joined Bristol Township School District in 2008 from the Morrisville School District, where she was principal of the Morrisville Middle Senior High School. She also served as a middle school guidance counselor and field hockey coach at Morrisville. Prior to that, she was an eighth grade teacher and math coach in Wayne County, PA.  Dr. Gehrens holds a BS in Elementary Education with a concentration in mathematics and computer science from East Stroudsburg University, a MS in Secondary Mathematics Education and a MS in School Counseling from the University of Scranton and a MS in Educational Administration from Gwynedd Mercy College. She received her Supervisory Curriculum & Instruction certification from Gwynedd Mercy College and graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.


Karen Snedeker
Supervisor. Curriculum & Instruction, Elementary Schools 

"Our students deserve the very best education.  I am lucky to be a part of a district that believes in them."

 Mrs. Snedeker completed her student teaching in the Bristol Township School District in 1992 at James Buchanan Elementary School.  She moved to Houston, TX for a few years, where she taught Middle School Reading before returning to the distrinct in 1995.  Most recently, she was principal of John Fitch Elementary School.  She says "I enjoy working with the students and parents of Bristol Township School District."  


Michele Anderson
Supervisor, Federal Programs


Keep this in mind, you are always one book away from turning a child into a lifelong learner.”

 Mrs. Anderson began her career in a private school teaching fourth and then third grade while she worked on obtaining her reading specialist degree from Rider College.  As a reading specialist, she taught adjudicated youth in a correctional facility before accepting an opportunity to teach in Bristol Township School District, where she has worked for more than a decade.   She taught at Lincoln Elementary School until 2006 when she became the coordinator for State and Federal Title 1 programs and funding.  Mrs. Anderson holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in reading/language arts from Rider College. 


Alison Buchan
Personnel Coordinator and Open Records Officer

"Every day brings something new. I enjoy working withour administrators, teachers and staff, who are caring and dedicated."

 The business courses Alison Buchan enjoyed at the old Woodrow Wilson High School in Bristol Township have supported her and the School District well. Three years after graduation, she joined the School District as a secretary in the FDR guidance office and moved on to steadily more responsible positions.  Prior to joining the School District's personnel office in 1986, she was secretary to the District Superintendent. She was appointed Personnel Coordinator, which is the District's chief personnel position, in 2006.