Faculty & Staff

Kathy Barry
Kathy is the Assistant Director of Admissions. She was the Manager of the Pennsylvania and Delaware Branch of the International Dyslexia Association prior to joining DVFS. Before working in the non-profit field, Kathy worked for many years in the investment management field. She has a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College.
Chris Bedard
Chris is DVFS's school nurse. She is an R.N. who graduated from Lankenau Hospital's School of Nursing in 1988. She has been a nurse on oncology and surgical-medical units and also has experience as a private duty nurse.

Ron Beeler

Ron is Assistant to the Director of Facilities. Ron worked as a Journeyman Carpenter at United Distilleries in Louisville, Kentucky for several years and more recently as Head Carpenter/Facilities Technician at Vanguard in Malvern, PA.
Laura Brown
Laura, our Alumni & Community Relations Coordinator. Laura has a background in theater, having worked at the Arden Theater and People's Light, and holds a MA in Theater Arts from Villanova University.
Dave Brubaker
Dave is the Academic Systems Director holding degrees from Elizabethtown College (BA in History, and Religion & Philosophy), Union Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity) and Columbia University (Certificate in Teaching and Learning with Technology, and a MA in Instructional Technology and Education).
Barbara Cahill
Barbara is the Math Department Chair and teaches upper school mathematics. She spent eight years teaching at the William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia before coming to DVFS. Barbara earned her B.S. in Mathematics at Fairfield University in Connecticut and her M.A.T. at Connecticut College.
David Calamaro
David is Assistant Head/Academic Dean and a 15-year veteran of DVFS. He received an undergraduate degree in the field of Sociology at the University of Delaware, and a Master's degree in education at the University of Pennsylvania
Hallie Ciarlone
Hallie is our Director of College Counseling. She holds a B.A. in sociology and public policy from Franklin & Marshall College, and an M.Ed. in School Counseling from Loyola University Maryland. Before joining DVFS, Hallie was the Director of College Counseling at The Shoshana S. Cardin School in Baltimore, MD.
Linda Claiborne
Linda teaches math at DVFS. Before coming to Delaware Valley Friends, she was at Hill top Preparatory School for eighteen years – predominantly teaching math and economics. Linda has a B.S. degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Sandy Clayton
Sandy teaches upper school science. Prior to coming to DVFS, Sandy was Chairman of the Science Department and Director of the Transitional College Program at Hill Top Preparatory School in Rosemont where he taught since 1977. He has a B.S. in Secondary Education in Biology and Environmental Science from West Chester University and an M.A. in Health Education from Beaver College.
Steve Cooney
Steve teaches physics and mathematics.  His first 14 years had him teaching only math, from middle school math through calculus.  For the last 6 years he has taught mostly physics, with some math and MS science.  He holds a BS from Drexel's College of Arts and Sciences and an MS from Drexel's School of Education.
Sharon Crawford
Sharon is beginning her 14th year as DVFS’ bookkeeper. She is experienced as an accountant, office and human resource manager. Sharon has a B.S. degree in accounting from Spring Garden College.
Aisha Dawe
Aisha teaches upper school social studies and language arts. In addition to teaching in schools, she had an eight-year tenure at People's Light and Theatre where she was an education/artistic associate. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College with a major in theatre. She has many years of experience with community service organizations.
Bill Dawe
Bill is in his seventh year of teaching at DVFS. He currently teaches English and Language Arts and leads the afterschool theater program. Prior to full-time teaching, Bill worked professionally as an arts educator, writer, and actor at the People's Light & Theatre Company. A graduate of Haverford College (2000), he received his teaching certification and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Immaculata University (2008).
 Megan Fortgang
Megan teaches middle school Language Arts. Previously, she taught in the summer program. She obtained her B.A. in English at Bryn Mawr College in 2011 concurrently with her elementary and middle school teaching certifications through a joint program with Swarthmore College. Megan will complete her M.S. in Special Education with a Wilson certification in January 2015. Megan has also been an assistant teacher at Greene Street Friends School and the assistant director at the Sylvan Learning Center in Center City, Philadelphia.
Pritch Garrett
Pritch is the Head of School and has served as Dean of Students, Assistant Head of School and Interim Head of School. Prior to coming to DVFS, he worked for sixteen years at the Carroll School, a school for children with learning differences. Pritch was head of the Middle School there for eleven years. He has also taught reading and language skills. Pritch has a B.A. from the University of Denver and is a trained Orton-Gillingham teacher.
Nicky Garvan
Nicky teaches social studies. Prior to DVFS, she worked at Radnor High School in special education. She has a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, a M.S.S. degree from Bryn Mawr School of Social Work, and a degree in reading from Cabrini College. Nicky is the student government co-advisor.
Gray Goodman
Gray is the Social Studies Department Chair and has been teaching upper school social studies for more than 20 years. He is a graduate of Haverford College with an M.S.Ed. from the University of PA and an M.A. in World History from Villanova University.
Leslie Gonze
Leslie teaches Spanish at DVFS. She graduated from Messiah College in 2010 and taught Spanish and English as a Second Language at a public school near Harrisburg, PA during the 2010-11 school year. During college, Leslie spent a semester abroad in Ecuador where she lived with a native host family in the capital city of Quito. There, she attended la Universidad San Francisco de Quito with other native and international students.
Norma Gottlieb
Norma is Department Chair of the Art Department and teaches, upper & lower school art and culinary arts.  Norma has a B.F.A. in printmaking from the Philadelphia College of Art.  She was a cooking instructor at the Renfrew center in Philadelphia, a co-owner and executive chef of Gottlieb & Stern Catering Company in Connecticut and chef and manager of Jill's Vorspeise at the Reading Terminal Market.  She was the co-editor of the Philadelphia Zagat Restaurant Survey and is a founding member of the Philadelphia Women's Culinary Guild.
Beth Gray
Beth is our school counselor. A graduate of Mount Saint Mary's College and Immaculata College, she has worked in the counseling field for 14 years. Prior to arriving at DVFS, she served as Director of Guidance for 11 years at CFS, The School at Church Farm. 
Kathy Halligan
Kathy joins DVFS as a teacher in the Language Arts department. She previously taught at The Crossroads School for 10 years. She holds a degree from University of Millersville in Special Education. Kathy trained at Teacher's College with Judith Birsh in Orton Gillingham Program. She is also trained in The Wilson Reading System, Just Words, Fundations, and Read Naturally Fluency Program.
Glenn Heck
Glenn is a founding teacher at DVFS. He teaches robotics, computer aided design, astronomy, and evolutionary biology and is chair of the science department. He holds a B.S. in Science Education from Westfield State College, Westfield, MA, with graduate work in computer education at Penn State University, and in environmental education at Beaver College.
Kay Herreshoff
Kay is our afternoon receptionist and transportation coordinator and has more than thirty-five years of experience in busy offices, including 15 years at DVFS. Prior to that she served as receptionist and admissions coordinator at Pendle Hill, a Quaker and conference center. Kay studied liberal arts at the University of Michigan, as well as German at the University of Innsbruck Summer School.
Lisa Howell
Lisa is Director of Marketing. Prior to DVFS, she worked for 10 years as a marketing and strategy consultant for various businesses and non-profits. She is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and has a master's degree in history from Villanova University.
 Rachel Kenyon
Rachel teaches math, and has coached soccer, basketball, softball, and lacrosse at DVFS. She has a B.A. in Journalism from George Washington University with concentrations in Slavic Studies and Political Science. She played varsity basketball at G.W. and was selected for the U.S. team in Rugby. Rachel has also coached basketball, lacrosse and soccer at George School.  She has worked as an assistant manager for catering companies in both Virginia and Maryland.
Shawn Jordan
Shawn is the Director of Facilities. His work experience includes 20 years as the Facilities Director at Lockheed-Martin and Project Manager at Astra Zeneca.
Kathy Justi
Kathy teaches part time in the language arts department. She is a long-time DVFS faculty member. She has given workshops to college students, teachers and other professionals about learning differences and brain function. She has a bachelors degree from Rosemont College and a M.Ed. from Temple University.
Bill Keeney
Bill is the English Dept. Chair and has taught English at DVFS for over a decade. Bill has a strong interest in educational research and pedagogy, serves on the PBIDA boards, and he was the PBIDA Annual Co-Chair in 2008 and the Chair in 2009. He has published poetry, plays, and scholarly articles in American literature, and presents on reading at national conferences such as the IDA. He was awarded the West Chester Public Library's Literacy Hero Award in 2007. Bill earned his B.A. at Columbia University and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Boston University, where he studied with Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott.
Kelly Keller    Kelly is a Marketing Associate, concentrating on social media and communications. She has worked for 20 years in marketing and design, with experience in international corporations and more recently consulting and volunteering for local small businesses and environmental and educational non-profits. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona, with a degree in Marketing Communication.
 Rachel Kenyon
Rachel teaches math, and has coached soccer, basketball, softball, and lacrosse at DVFS. She has a B.A. in Journalism from George Washington University with concentrations in Slavic Studies and Political Science. She played varsity basketball at G.W. and was selected for the U.S. team in Rugby. Rachel has also coached basketball, lacrosse and soccer at George School.  She has worked as an assistant manager for catering companies in both Virginia and Maryland.
Tom Kienhle
Tom serves as the primary source of technical support to DVFS students, faculty and staff. Tom joined Edu-Tech at DVFS in the summer of 2007, after several years of service in a consulting capacity for other schools, including Kutztown University, Albright College and Pine Forge Academy. Tom has earned several hardware certifications for the service of desktops, laptops, printers and servers, as well as certification in supporting Microsoft Windows and Apple OSX.
Kathleen Koehler
 Kathleen serves as a language arts tutor at DVFS Summer School for the past two years, and is joining the English Department as Teacher this year. Kathleen earned a BA from Oberlin College in 2006, and completed her Master's Degree at Rutgers University, Camden in May 2010.
Elizabeth Kriynovich
Elizabeth is in her sixth year at DVFS. She teaches in the English and language arts departments. She has a BA from The College of Wooster and an MA in English from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College.
Tom Lees
Tom is a member of the Social Studies Department. He has taught at Episcopal Academy, at Waldron Academy (now Waldron Mercy Academy), and in the Philadelphia School District before coming to DVFS in 2003. Tom earned an A.B. in English with a Social Studies minor from Saint Joseph's University and a master's from Villanova.
Deb Madonna
Deb teaches middle and upper school language arts. She comes to DVFS from The Crossroads School where she taught for 20 years. With a B.S. Ed. from Cabrini College, Deb is dually certified in elementary and special education.
John Maglio
John assists the athletic department and is the boys' varsity basketball coach. He played college basketball at North Carolina State University where he earned his B.S. in Education. Two years ago, he was inducted into the Haverford High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Helen Mannion
Helen officially joins Delaware Valley Friends School this year as a full-time language arts teacher and an instructor of teacher training. Helen received her BA from Bucknell University and her M.ED. from Benedictine University in reading and literacy. She is a Certified Academic Language Therapist. Helen joined fellow DVFS teachers to study morphology and methods of teaching word structure to support spelling and reading with Melvyn Ramsden this summer in France.
Susan Mayes
Susan teaches language arts, and is the department chair. A native of Louisiana, she earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Louisiana Tech University. In the last twenty-five years, she has developed curricula and taught in public schools as well as at Eastern University. Susan represented the school in Japan as part of the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Program and this past summer, traveled to Europe with the People to People Student Ambassador Program.
Marnie McCabe Marnie is our morning receptionist and handles attendance. She grew up in Ardmore, lived in Philadelphia for 30 years, and recently moved back to the area after living at the Jersey shore for seven years. Marnie has over 30 years of experience in independent and public schools as a member of the support staff. She is a graduate of Lower Merion High School.
Amy Miller
Amy is a part-time teacher in the art department. She teaches drawing, painting, sculpture, and ceramics. She attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design where she received her BFA in Furniture Design. She is a prolific artist and frequently shows work in the Philadelphia area.
Bob Mueller
Bob is the DVFS Business Officer. He has a B.A. in Biology from Swarthmore College. He is Chair of the Philadelphia Area Business Officers Association and Secretary of the National Business Officers Association.
Esther Nyaga
Esther is the Operations Manager in the Development Office. Esther holds a Bachelors degree in Education from Kenyatta University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration.
Suzanne O'Neil
Suzanne is the Director of Food/Beverage and Hospitality. With a BA in Organizational Management, she is completing graduate work at West Chester University in Entrepreneurial Education, and has a certification in food handling. In 2010 the 3EInstitute of West Chester University honored her as an Entrepreneurial Educator.
Joy Paul
 Joy joins the middle school at DVFS this year teaching science. She has been teaching science in independent schools for 17 years. Originally from Chicago, she earned her BSED in Biology Education from West Chester University and a Masters in Integrated Science Education from University of Pennsylvania. She is certified in Biology and Middle School Science.
Blaise Perrone
Blaise is the DVFS Service Learning Coordinator. He also coordinates the senior internships, teaches language arts and social studies, and is a founding member of the school's Wellness Committee. He holds a B.A. from Gordon College and an M.S. in Communications from Boston University.
Jalal Rhamirich
Jalal teaches physical education and is the Director of Athletics, he also heads our soccer program for both young men and young women. A graduate of Mohammed V University in Morocco, Jalal is a World Cup Indoor Soccer player who competed as the captain of the Moroccan National Team in Mexico and Bolivia.
Jodi Rice
Jodi is a member of the Art Department, teaching classes in ceramics, sculpture, drawing, painting and mosaics. Jodi studied art therapy at the University of the Arts and received her B.F.A. in sculpture. She has shown her artwork locally in Philadelphia and New York City as well as international exhibitions.
Sara Rivers
Sara is the Director of Teacher Education. She comes from Stratford Friends School where she was the Director of Teacher Training. Sara is Certified Academic Language Therapist (ALTA), and a Qualified Instructor. She is an instructor in Orton-Gillingham methodology courses leading to certification.
Bob Sager
Bob is the President of Edu-Tech and serves as the Technology Services Director at DVFS. Bob holds a B.S. in Elementary Education/Early Childhood Development and a B.A. in Political Science/International Studies from The Ohio State University, as well as his M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from what is now Arcadia University. Bob has earned several hardware certifications for the service of Apple desktops, laptops and servers, as well as Apple OSX.
Cass Savage
Cass will be teaching English in the middle school this year.  She has taught middle and high school English and language arts.  She has a BS from Edinboro University and a degree in Special Education from Penn State. Cass is also trained in Wilson, Orton-Gillingham, Project Read (language training, comprehension, written expression), and Lindamood Bell.
 Heather Schmerman
 Heather is our American Sign Language Teacher. She graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Communication Studies degree. She also teaches American Sign Language at Community College of Philadelphia, Main Line Night School, and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communication Center. Heather enjoys traveling, experiencing different cultures and food, theatre, arts, fitness and learning languages.
Jason Seggern
Jason is the middle school coordinator. A graduate of Temple University, Jason taught science at Wyncote Academy for 4 years and has also worked in the field of fitness and rehabilitation therapy for several area healthcare facilities.
Tracy Seggern
Tracy is the school registrar. She was born and educated in England, but has lived and worked in the U.S. for more than 20 years.
Judy Sheridan Judy is the Assistant to the Head of School. She spent many years working at a private school in Dublin, Ireland, where she was the Bursar and also coached field hockey and tennis.
Meredith Shinners
 Meredith teaches Language Arts and Creative Writing, and is a recent graduate of Penn State with a degree in secondary education. She has taught in Central Pennsylvania and Inverness, Scotland, and is very excited to be teaching language arts at DVFS.
Tim Simmons
Tim teaches upper school English and music. Before coming to DV, Tim taught at Mercy Vocational High School in Philadelphia, Gwynedd Mercy Academy in Gwynedd Valley, and Saint Michael Indian School in Window Rock, Arizona. Tim received his undergraduate degree in English at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
Ken Sinapius
Ken is the school's ABLE director. He has worked in experiential education for over 20 years. He worked as a program director for Outward Bound in the Chesapeake Bay area for ten years. He also worked for Outward Bound in various capacities in England, Malaysia, and Hurricane Island, Florida. Ken has traveled worldwide. He holds a B.S. in Outdoor Education from Unity College in Maine and a M.S. in Business from John Hopkins University.
Sam Steinberg
Sam teaches social studies in the Middle School. He is a native New Yorker who, before coming to DVFS from The Woodlynde School, taught at the The Windward School in New York. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he holds Masters degrees in both Education and Special Education from Manhattanville College. He is trained in the Preventing Academic Failure and Basic Writing Skills Programs.
Caitlin Sullivan-Thompson
 Caitlin joins DVFS teaching middle school math. She has a bachelor's degree from Boston University in Math Education and a Masters from Rosemont College in School Counseling. She previously taught middle school math for two years in Massachusetts. She taught high school math in Philadelphia at Mastery Charter for a year.
Mary Ellen Trent
Mary Ellen Trent is our Director of Admissions. Before joining DVFS she was Coordinator of Educational Outreach and Admissions at Academy in Manayunk, Manager of the Pennsylvania and Delaware Branch of the International Dyslexia Association in Rosemont and a tutor at the Masonic Learning Center for Children in Pittsburgh. She has been trained in Orton-Gillingham, RAVE-O, and the Wilson Language System's Overview, Fundations, and Just Words. She has been a Human Resources Director, Recruiter, Union Representative, and Assistant Store Manager for Bloomingdale's and Macy's locations in New York, New Jersey and Maryland. Mary Ellen has a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University.
Claire Wanamaker
Claire comes to DVFS from United Friends School in Quakertown, PA. She teaches mathematics and advises the Yearbook Staff. She has a B.S. from Ursinus College with a major in mathematics. She holds a Secondary Mathematics Instructional II Certificate and a Masters of Education from Chestnut Hill College.
Bruce Williamson
Bruce teaches upper school chemistry and is certified in math and physics as well. He holds a B.S. Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University, M.S. Chemical Engineering from Ohio State, and M.S. Education from Widener University Board of Directors.

Delaware Valley Friends School is for students with dyslexia, dysgraphia and other language-based learning disabilities as well as ADD/ADHD.



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