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New Staff

Lydia Bauer
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My name is Lydia Bauer and I am going into my first year of teaching as a Third Grade Special Education Teacher. I grew up in Chesterfield, New Jersey and graduated from Northern Burlington High School. I attended Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and graduated in December 2022. While at Shippensburg I had my student teaching experience in Kindergarten and High School Special Education. Not only do I have a passion for young children, I also have a passion for sports. I played four years of college volleyball while attending Shippensburg. In my free time I enjoy coaching young athletes.  Some of my hobbies include watching the Philadelphia Eagles with my family, skiing, and going to the beach.

Alyssa Bruhnsen

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My name is Alyssa Bruhnsen and I am so grateful to be teaching grades 3, 4, and 5 Special Education in a Self Contained classroom at Southampton School #2 this year! I grew up in Medford, NJ and graduated with honors from Temple University, where I received a dual degree in Early Childhood and Special Education, as well as a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language. Prior to teaching in Southampton, I taught First Grade in Philadelphia, Middle School Special Education and Social Emotional Learning on the Big Island of Hawai’i, and English as a Second Language in Bangkok, Thailand. Over the last several years, I’ve received certificates in Trauma-Informed teaching, traveled to speak on my research in Social Emotional Learning and Restorative Practices, and cultivated an extensive homeschooling program on the Hawaiian Islands. In my free time, I love to be outdoors, write, cook, listen to live music, and spend time with family and friends. After a decade of much adventure, I’m thrilled to be “home” and a part of the Southampton School District family!

Deanna Diaz
Hi! My name is Deanna Diaz and I am teaching Middle School Language Arts! I graduated Kean University with a Bachelors in Education and an Endorsement in Teaching Students with Disabilities. I also have a minor in Psychology, and History. Outside of school you can find me baking, walking my Husky Max, and spending time with loved ones! I am so excited to be a part of the Southampton family!
Lynn Lehner


Hello! My name is Mrs. Lehner and I am the School Counselor for School #3. I received a Bachelor's Degree as well as a Master's Degree in School Counseling from Rowan University, and hold a NJ Director School Counseling Services endorsement. I have worked in the NJ public schools since 2007 and have 6 years of counseling experience at the Middle School level.  I am excited to now serve the students and families of the Southampton School District and I am committed to both student achievement and personal well being. In my spare time, I love spending time with my family, going to the shore, traveling and studying Italian!

Arianna Martorano
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Hi my name is Ms. Arianna Martorano and I am a 3rd grade teacher here in Southampton! I started my teaching career here in Southampton as a practicum student, a student teacher and now a full-time 3rd grade teacher! I graduated from Stockton University with my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and a focus in Middle School Mathematics and Childhood Studies. I love the beach which is why I always tell my students to, “go with the flow”. I am so excited to be a part of Southampton and cannot wait for the adventure in teaching! 

Bridget O'Neill


Hello, my name is Bridget O’Neill! I am so happy to be an official member of the Southampton community as a Third Grade Teacher. Prior to this year, I was fortunate enough to be a Third Grade long-term sub here in Southampton. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University in Maryland where I student taught at multiple Baltimore City Public Schools. In my free time I love to be active, spend time with friends and family and hangout with my Labradoodle puppy! I  am so grateful to be a part of the Southampton family and I am looking forward to this school year!

Jacalyn Ruhland

My name is Jacalyn Ruhland.  I am a Kindergarten teacher at Southampton School 1.  I received my degree in Education from Bloomsburg University. I taught 2nd grade previously before leaving teaching to raise my family. I have 3 wonderful children! I returned to teaching last year as a long term substitute in kindergarten and was so excited to be offered a position in such a wonderful school district. In my free time I love to travel, be with my family, fish and hang at the beach. I am super excited  to be an official member of the Southampton faculty and look forward to an amazing year!

Kelly Spicer
My name is Kelly Spicer and I am excited to be joining the Southampton School District as an RTI teacher.  I graduated from Temple University with a dual degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education.  This is my 14th year as a teacher.  I have spent most of that time in grades K, 3 & 4.  I live in Marlton with my husband (who teaches at Seneca) and my two teenage children (John 16 & Maura 13). In my free time, you will most likely find me with a camera in my hands. I enjoy photography and taking pictures of my kids playing sports! I also enjoy reading, spending time with my family, baking and traveling!

Nicholas Steckler

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I have been training martial arts for 10 years. I do Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu. I graduated from Kean University with a BA in physical education. I have two dogs and 4 chickens. 

Sara Steckler
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Hi Southampton families! My name is Sara Steckler and I am the new K-8 Spanish teacher! I graduated from Stockton University in 2019 and have taught elementary school, middle school math, and world languages. I am also graduating with my Masters in Education along with my endorsement for English Language Learners this June. I just bought my first house over the summer and am expecting a baby in December! I am very excited to be a part of the Southampton community!

Sandie Wray

Hi. My name is Sandie Wray.  I am a science teacher in school 3. I teach all the eighth grade students and one class of sixth graders. I also teach one of the new classes, Pathways.  I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Life/Earth Minor from Sam Houston State University and a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College.  I also proudly served in the United States Air Force Reserves at Barksdale AFB.  I have lived in Burlington Township for nearly 20 years and share my home with my husband, our two teenage sons, 4 cats and 1 dog.  In my spare time I enjoy gardening, home improvement projects and spending time with my family playing games, lounging in the pool, and traveling.  Although I have worked in Southampton for a number of years, I am thrilled to now be teaching science again. I enjoy the middle schoolers and am happy to be part of such a strong team.