Alumni @ Delaware Valley Friends School
Delaware Valley Friends School is lucky to have a number of Alumni that have come back to teach, coach, and work for the school.
Alumni Return to DVFS as Faculty Members, Staff, and Coaches
At the beginning of the 2015-16 school year, seven Delaware Valley Friends School alumni had returned to the school as faculty members, staff and athletic coaches. Katie Kent ’05, Khalil Munir ’01, Joe Trabucco ’10, Hunter Grogan ‘10, Bob Krick ‘02, Matt Cahill ’11, and Caitie Naab ’10 shared what they love about their new roles at DVFS as well as what the school has meant to them over the years.
Katie Kent and Khalil Munir are both members of the DVFS Art Department, sharing their professional craft along with their DVFS history with a new generation of students.
Katie Kent, DVFS Class of 2005, graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Crafts and is currently a professional ceramics artist. Katie teaches ceramics at DVFS and specializes in teaching middle school art during the school year as well as in the DVFS Summer Program.
Khalil Munir, DVFS Class of 2001, earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Adelphi University in Theater. He is currently a teaching artist at various institutions across Philadelphia offering classes in theater and creative movement. Khalil wrote, produced and performs a one-man show, “1 Pound 4 Ounces,” an autobiographical piece depicting his life journey including his time at DVFS and how he has coped with his learning challenges. Khalil teaches creative movement and theater in the DVFS middle school program.
Both Katie and Khalil spoke about return to DVFS as coming full circle - back to an institution that shaped their ideas about learning and helped to create a new outlook on education. Khalil is particularly grateful for “the opportunity to come back and give back to another generation of DV students the way my teachers gave of themselves to me.”
Katie added, “It is especially rewarding and exciting to now be a part of that community but on the other side and to know DVFS is still successfully providing the help it provided me so I could become confident and independent and know I was not alone in my struggles. It is a special privilege to be able to give back to the community that never gave up on me.”
In addition to new teaching faculty, we have several alumni coaches of our various sports teams.
Bob Krick, from the DVFS Class of 2002, has been helping to coach both tennis and middle school basketball since 2011. A three-season athlete during his time at Delaware Valley Friends, Bob says it feels great to be back at a place that has not only been a second home to him but also to have the opportunity to work with Athletic Director Jalal Rhamirich, whom he considers a brother and father figure. “It’s wonderful to see the school succeed and grow,” Bob added.
Joe Trabucco and Hunter Grogan, both members of the Class of 2010, are also now helping to coach sports in which they excelled as players while they were students at DVFS.
Joe graduated from Albright College in 2014 and is currently working in sales while he considers pursuing a graduate degree. He coaches the girls varsity soccer team at DVFS - which took second place in the Tri-County League this year, making it all the way to the Championship game. When reflecting on the season, the girls thanked their coach for his dedication, intensity, and constant belief in their potential throughout the season. For his part, Joe is thrilled to be back at a place that he says provided him with life-long friends and shaped the person he is today. Working with the student athletes, he says, “I see so many just like me coming up - great athletes with lots of energy and passion,” and he wants to be there for them just as his coaches John Maglio and Jalal Rhamirich were there for him when he was at DV.
Hunter Grogan, who coaches boys' lacrosse, graduated from MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) in 2014 and started his own company called Zee Bait Co. that designs, manufactures and sells soft plastic lures for fresh water fishing. This new company represents an opportunity for Hunter to combine his talent for art and design with his passion for fishing. In addition, Hunter has started a graduate program in business and design.
As a lacrosse coach at DVFS, Hunter enjoys working with students in a sport he loves and played both at DV and college, as well as being part of the DVFS community again. He says he can relate to the current DVFS students, having shared many of their struggles with time management and other learning issues, and says his ability to plan ahead has significantly improved through the day-to-day running of his own business. He hopes he can serve as an example to today’s students to help them understand the relevance of the skills they are learning at the school to life beyond DV.
One of our more recent graduates, Matt Cahill, who graduated from DVFS in 2011 and Temple University in 2015, joined us this year to help coach the cross country team and to help out in various ways across the school as he explores careers in education and the non-profit world. Matt has also assisted with teaching the technology course in the summer program. He welcomes returning to the strong sense of community one finds at DVFS. Matt established himself as an advocate for students who learn differently during his tenure at Temple, and hopes that by bringing his experiences back to share with DV students, they will appreciate and take full advantage of the support and education DVFS offers. For his part, Matt is happy to have the opportunity to get his feet wet in education at DVFS. “There’s no better place to learn from, with such a great staff and faculty,” he adds.
Caitie Naab, also from the Class of 2010, rounds out our returning graduates as our morning receptionist. Caitie graduated from West Chester University and filled the receptionist chair with great ability and enthusiasm while she explored other career options. Caitie left DVFS in November to take a position as a healthcare recruiter at The Judge Group, where she will be screening, conducting interviews, and building relationships with candidates to find top talent to fill healthcare positions. While working at DVFS, Caitie was active in issues related to human rights, lending her experience and perspective to several clubs and helping to facilitate a visit to DVFS from local human rights activist Jay Atlas who introduced the students to his organization’s work raising awareness of human trafficking. Caitie was also a great asset to the Admissions Department, serving as an alumna panelist during events for prospective families.
We are proud of all of our alumni and their achievements, and deeply grateful to these seven for returning as professionals to enrich the faculty, sports teams, staff and our overall school community with their talents, insights, experiences, and love for Delaware Valley Friends School.