• Mr. K
    Who is Mr. K?  Good question.  I received a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State in 1988.  I am also a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association.  I have also attended Rutgers University, Northampton County Community College, and Moravian College.  I received a certification in Elementary Education from Moravian College in December of 2002 and earned a certificate in Middle School English in 2004.  From 1989 to August of 2003, I worked as a Naturalist/Special Events Coordinator for the Somerset County Park Commission's Environmental Education Center in New Jersey.  I have been with the BASD since January 2004.  I taught Language Arts for several years at BAMS before moving to Strategic Reading, the REACH Program, and eventually, to the AEP/Safety Net Program.  I was honored to be voted the Centre County Walmart Teacher of the Year in 2007.  I have been married since 1988 and am blessed with two daughters (both Bellefonte grads) and one grandson.
    I am proud to be a Penn State alumni and bleed blue and white.  My wide variety of interests include sports (wrestling, baseball, football, and ice hockey), birding, travel (US & Costa Rica), photography, camping, various collecting (Dept. 56, sports memorabilia, license plates, coins, and music), Native American culture, local history, and pirate lore.  I am also a Parrothead ..... Anybody for some barometer soup or gumbo?
     Buffett  burger  birds  mets  paw
    I am proud, honored, and excited to work with the dedicated staff at BAMS and anticipate great things in upcoming months.  I look forward to working and learning with you and your child.  I assure you that I will do everything I can to make our time together educational, exciting, and fun.  If there is anything I can do to help your child or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  You may send a note with your child or I can be reached by email at jkontier@basd.net.  
     Mr. Kontier   Walmart Teacher of the Year 2007
    To Do Is To Be (Socrates)

                To Be Is To Do (Plato)

                     Do Be Do Be Do (Sinatra)