Lisa Ramos is the newest of the Thomas Jefferson crossing guards. She has been on the job for a little more than a year. Her post is the intersection of North and Maple streets, right in front of the school, so almost every student and staff member sees her daily.
Lois Elliot has been a crossing guard for 19 years. Her post is at Maple and Broad, and she also helps students from the Lehigh Valley Dual Language Charter School cross the busy intersection. Once she is done her crossing duties in the afternoon, she works for the Bethlehem School District after school care, located at Thomas Jefferson.
Michael Pragheimer crosses students at Center and North streets. He has been a crossing guard for 18 years. He also serves as a crossing guard for Moravian Academy.
Sue Schmidli has the longest tenure of all of Thomas Jefferson’s crossing guards. She has been on the job since 1971. Her area is the intersection of North and Linden streets. Sue also trains Seeing Eye puppies with her sister. She brings pup Pepsi every afternoon. Readers may also have seen Sue and her sister at Musikfest, where they volunteer.
Mary Toy has been a crossing guard for eight years. She is at the intersection of Broad and Linden streets. For 16 years prior, she was a substitute teacher, because, she says, “I love kids!”
PRESS PHOTOS BY LANI GOINSPepsi, Sue Shmidli’s Seeing Eye pup in training, at her post outside the People’s Kitchen. She enthusiastically greets children, parents and all passersby.
On their way to school
Five Crossing Guards serve the neighborhood around Thomas Jefferson ES. The crossing guards are employees of the Bethlehem City Police Department. Many of Thomas Jefferson’s students walk to and from school, and the crossing guards keep them safe at some of North Bethlehem’s busiest intersections. Some of the guards also cross students from Northeast MS and other local schools. They know many of the students by name, and with almost 95 years of combined experience, they know some of the students’ parents and grandparents too.