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Principal, Mrs. Jacqueline Wapinsky

Welcome to the Thomas W. Holtzman Jr. Elementary School website.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to visit. I hope that you find it to be a helpful tool in learning about the many wonderful programs and learning opportunities that we have for our students. The administration and staff of Thomas W. Holtzman Elementary School appreciate and encourage community involvement and welcome the opportunity to work together to provide a positive and supportive learning environment for all students. We are grateful for the extraordinary dedication of our Parent/Teacher Organization and classroom volunteers. We believe that a strong partnership between parents, community members, and the school is essential to maintain a safe and supportive learning community where academic expectations are high and personal growth is valued.

The dedicated staff of Thomas W. Holtzman Elementary School is committed to meeting the needs of all learners. Through partnerships, as well as grade level and cross-grade collaboration, staff members work together to provide differentiated instruction and monitor student progress. Students are provided with numerous opportunities to further develop individual interests.  Challenging programs within our curriculum include the Wonders English Language Arts Program, and Foss Science Program. Students also participate in weekly specials which include: STEAM, music, art, and physical education.

I would like to thank all members of the Thomas W. Holtzman Jr. Elementary School Community for their support. I look forward to continuing the important work we have begun together, promoting student achievement and fostering a love of learning.

Photo of new assistant principal Joshua Gibson


A berks county native, Mr. Gibson is the new Assistant Principal at Thomas Holtzman Jr. Elementary. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration from the University of Scranton.

Previously, Mr. Gibson was the 3rd grade – 6th grade general music teacher and choir director at Maple Manor Elementary/Middle School in the Hazleton Area School District. He also was employed by Wilkes University for the Schools and Homes in Education program, an after-school STEAM based program established in the district.

He lives in Hamburg, Pennsylvania with his wife Tara and their two cats Maggie and Molly. When he is not working, Mr. Gibson enjoys singing with Vox Philia, a vocal chamber ensemble based in Reading, Pennsylvania, playing board games, and tending to the family garden.