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We are thrilled to welcome many new faces to our community this year.
Katie Aument joins the 2nd grade faculty this fall. Katie earned a BA in Hispanic Studies and Sociology at the College of William and Mary, and a master's degree in Urban Education from the University of Pennsylvania. A bilingual classroom teacher, Katie taught and provided language support at the Pan American Academy Charter School in Philadelphia prior to coming to GFS.
Maayan Bar-Yam will be an assistant teacher in Kimberli Smith's Kindergarten class this fall. Prior to GFS, Maayan was at the Giddens School in Seattle, WA. He has a BA in Fine Arts from Brandeis University, and has completed advanced coursework in architecture.
Paula Busser, a GFS parent of four, joins us as the Assistant to the Director of Academic Programs. Recently Paula managed the Leopold Gallery, and she also has extensive experience in human resources and real estate. Paula has a BA in Business Administration from the University of Essex, UK.
Alison Crawford will join GFS as a 5th grade teacher this fall. Alison has a BA in English Literature (Education minor) from Haverford College and an MA in Leadership and Teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland. Alison comes to us from the Up Education Network in Boston, a nonprofit school management organization that helps under-performing schools, where she was a teacher leader.
Dom Davenport, who's been a member of the GFS Athletics and Admissions teams for some time, as well as being an alum, is moving into a new role as assistant teacher in Alison Crawford's 5th grade class. Dom has a BA in Business Administration: Sports Management from Marymount University.
Tchet Dorman joins GFS as our new Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Tchet has a deep commitment to developing the awareness, knowledge, and skills that make communities welcoming to people of all races, ethnicities, cultures, gender expressions, sexual orientations, socioeconomic experiences, and religions. He comes to us from Millersville University, where he served as Director of Diversity and Social Justice, providing strategic support to the Office of the President and managing commissions on the status of women, cultural diversity and inclusion, and gender and sexual diversity. He holds a master's degree in African American Studies from Temple University, and is nearing completion of his PhD in that same program. Tchet is thrilled to be returning to Germantown, where he spent his early years as a student at the John B. Kelly Elementary School.
Tiffany Doyle joined our growing HR department in June as Associate Director of Human Resources. Tiffany has a BA from Penn State in Mass Media Studies and Public Relations, with an MS in Human Resource Management from Saint Joseph's University. Tiffany also holds the Senior Professional in Human Resource Management (SPHR) certification. Prior to joining GFS, Tiffany served as an HR consultant and HR Manager at Mastery Charter Schools.
Anya Eckhardt will join GFS this fall as a Lower School and Middle School Physical Education teacher. Anya earned a BS in Health Education and Physical Education, as well as a MS in Health Education from Ithaca College. Following the completion of her BS, Anya was honored with the "Outstanding Undergraduate Health Education Major of the Year" award from the American Alliance for Health Education. Anya comes to us from Brookline High School in Massachusetts, where she taught Health and Fitness.
Inés Gorban-Pheulpin will join the Lower School faculty as a Spanish teacher. Inés has a BA in Literatures of the World from the University of California San Diego and an MA in Spanish Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. She comes to us most recently from William Penn Charter School and The Agnes Irwin School.
Shannon Gorke will join us as assistant teacher this fall in Karen Rutledge's Kindergarten class. Shannon comes to GFS from Disney Cruise Lines. Shannon has a Dual Certification in Elementary Education K-6 and Early Childhood Education, PreK-3 from Arcadia University.
Amy Fligor will join the Upper School Mathematics faculty this fall. Amy recently graduated with a BA in Secondary Mathematics Education from the University of Delaware, where she was also awarded the 2017 Outstanding Student Teacher Award and was one of thirty-seven high school mathematics and science teachers in the nation chosen to receive the Knowles Teaching Fellowship.
Wendy Furry will become a member of the Science Department, teaching in the Middle School this fall. Wendy comes to GFS from The Philadelphia School, where she taught 8th grade science. She has an AA in Humanities (Valedictorian) from Bryn Athyn College and a BA in Science and Living Systems from John F. Kennedy University. Wendy is also founder/designer of two environmentally focused summer programs, the Sustainability Institute and Firekeepers Wilderness Camps.
Paul Hammond, our Varsity Wrestling coach, expands to a full-time role at GFS to serve as a Lower School and Middle School Physical Education teacher, and will coach three seasons. Paul received his BS in Physical Education from Kent State University.
John Henderson will join the Upper School Science faculty. John comes to GFS from The Beacon School in Stamford, CT, where, in addition to teaching physics, he also served as Head of the STEM department and founded and managed the Beacon Technology Lab focused on 3D printing design and robotics. John has a BS in Physics from McGill University and a PhD in Experimental Nanoscale Magnetism from the University of Central Florida.
Katherine Henderson will become a member of the Classics faculty in the Middle and Upper School this fall. As well as teaching across a range of disciplines at The Beacon School in Stamford, CT, she also served as Head of the World Languages & Humanities department and was Academic Director of the school. Katherine has a BA in International Letters and Visual Studies from Tufts University and is working towards an MFA from the University of Maryland's School of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies.
James Hightower III joins GFS as our new Director of College Counseling. James comes to us from Greensboro Day School in North Carolina, where he was Dean of Student Life and College Counseling. Prior to Greensboro Day, James served as Associate Director of College Counseling at the Lovett School in Atlanta, GA, and at Phillips Academy Andover in Andover, MA. He also brings strong relationships and a deep understanding of the college admissions process from his experience in undergraduate admissions, having served as Assistant Director of College Admissions at Johns Hopkins University, and in the Admissions offices of Albright College and Berea College. James has a BA in African and African American Studies from Penn State.
Caroline Hogan joined the GFS staff this past spring as a School Counselor in our Health Services department. Prior to GFS, Caroline was a Family Based Therapist at the Child Guidance Resource Center in Havertown, PA. Caroline attended Villanova University, where she earned a BA in Psychology and a MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Hannah Jacoby-Rupp will join the English Department's 7th and 8th grade teaching teams for the 2017-18 school year. Before coming to GFS last year, when she taught as a maternity-leave substitute, Hannah taught at William Penn Charter School and The Haverford School. She graduated from Cornell University (BA) and The University of Pennsylvania (MLA).
Jeewon Kim will join GFS as a 1st grade teacher. Jeewon comes to us from LEARN Charter School in Chicago, where he was a founding 1st grade teacher and then served in the roles of Academic Interventionist and ELL Coordinator. Jeewon has a BA in Child Development from Tufts University and an MS in Elementary Education from Northwestern University.
Jennifer Kolff, a GFS parent, will join the GFS team as an assistant teacher in Mary Haon's 4th grade class. Prior to GFS, Jennifer was Team Tutor at Wilson Reading. Jennifer has a BS Psychology from Allegheny College and an M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Serita Lachesis comes to our Middle School as a 6th grade Math teacher. Most recently, Serita taught 6th grade Math and English at Newtown Friends School. She earned a BA in History at Columbia University and an MS in Secondary Mathematics, with a Certificate in Special Education, from Chestnut Hill College.
Jessica Lember will work in Jeewon Kim's 1st grade classroom as an assistant teacher this fall. Jessica decided to cross the road from her former place of work at Greene Street Friends School and bring her talents to GFS. She has a BA in Psychology from Earlham College and Masters in Elementary Education from Temple University.
Neeta McCulloch joined GFS this spring as our Front Desk Receptionist/Security Administrative Coordinator. Prior to GFS, Neeta worked as a Legal Assistant and Front Desk Receptionist at the law firm of Semanoff, Ormsby, Greenberg and Torchia. Neeta is also a Cake Decorator and Baker for Velvet Sky Bakery. She has a BA in History of Art and Architecture from Wellesley College, and an MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.
Kendra Moleé will join the Advancement Department as an Administrative Assistant. Kendra comes to GFS from The University of the Arts, where she served as Assistant to the Dean/Development Coordinator. Kendra earned a BA in Music from the University of Delaware.
Ted Oxholm comes to GFS this fall as an Upper School History teacher. Immediately prior to GFS, Ted taught at the West End Secondary School in New York City. Ted has also engaged in a law career, serving as a civil rights and constitutional litigator at Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady, LLP. Ted has a BA in Religious Studies from Yale University, a JD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, and an MA from the Teachers College of Columbia University.
Maalik Reynolds will join the Lower School faculty this fall as an assistant teacher in 2nd grade. Maalik is already at home in the GFS community, having served as a track and field coach here since 2015. Maalik has a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Rachel Reynolds joined the GFS team in the spring to take on the role of Middle School Administrative Assistant. Rachel was most recently the Development and Communications Manager for Food Moxie (formerly Weavers Way Community Programs). Rachel has a BA in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley.
Jennifer Sharp will join our Early Childhood Program faculty this fall. Jennifer, a GFS grad from the Class of 1991, was most recently working at the Big Back Yard and Friends School Haverford, as well as here at GFS in the Lower School. Jennifer earned a BA in English from Wittenberg University.
Matt Sheehan comes on board as both an Upper School Physical Education teacher and the Athletics Strength and Conditioning Coach. Matt was most recently Director of Basketball operations for the D1 LaSalle Explorers and served as the strength and conditioning coach for all of their athletic programs. He earned both his BA and Master of Education degrees from La Salle University.
Miku Shiota-Rosenbaum joins the GFS music faculty this fall as a vocal music teacher. Miku has been recently active in a range of musical roles locally, including as the Middle and Upper School Choral Accompanist at Friends' Central School, Assistant Conductor for A Cappella Pops, and Music Director and Conductor for Greater Philadelphia Chorale. Miku has a BM in Music Education from Oberlin Conservatory.
Esme Artz Thomas will serve as assistant teacher in Jenny Goldberg's 5th grade class. Esme comes to GFS from Abington Friends School. She has a BA in English from Temple University, and her M.Ed. is in progress at Chestnut Hill College.
Walter Thompson will be our new Controller in the Business Office. Most recently, Walter worked as the Director of Finance for Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia, Inc. Walter earned both his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Risk Management and his MBA at Temple University.
Behnaz Varamini will join our modern language department faculty in the Upper School this fall. Behnaz spent a year teaching Spanish at Stony Brook University, and prior to that, she taught Spanish at Wilmington Friends School. Behnaz has a BA in Latin American & Iberian Studies as well as a BA in International Studies from the University of Richmond, and an MA in Spanish and Latin American Languages and Literature from New York University, Madrid.
Jared Wood will join our Middle School Art faculty this fall. Most recently, Jared has worked at the Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia in a series of lead roles, including Lead Muralist, Lead Artist, and Teaching Artist in the Restorative Justice Program. Jared has a BA from Clark University, did post-BA work at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, and earned an MFA from The Arts University in Bournemouth, UK.