We're thrilled to welcome many new faces to GFS this year, and to celebrate some exciting role changes among our current faculty and staff.
We're thrilled to welcome many new faces to GFS this year, and to celebrate some exciting role changes among our current faculty and staff.
Alison Abrams comes to GFS as Associate Director of College Counseling. Alison has a BA from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, a BS from Syracuse University, and a MS in School and Mental Health Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Alison most recently worked in school counseling at Monroe Township High School and Livingston High School in New Jersey.
Khaleel Adger joins GFS this fall as a Lower School Art teacher. Khaleel earned a BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts New York, and further studied Art Education at Arcadia University. Khaleel comes to GFS from Discovery Charter School in Philadelphia, where he taught visual arts. He has also worked as a mural artist in New York and Philadelphia, and was involved in the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network at its inception (now the Mural Arts Program).
John Anagbo will be moving from a long-term substitute to a full-time faculty role, teaching history in the Middle and Upper School. John earned a BA in English and Education from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in English from The College of New Jersey. In addition to his recent work here at GFS, John has also served as an Education Consultant/Coordinator for the Urban Teacher Academy/Center for Future Educators at The College of New Jersey.
Eric Aurelien has returned to GFS as an Athletic Trainer in the Athletics Department. Eric received a BS in Athletic Training from Springfield College, and recently completed his MS in Kinesiology from Temple University. In the interim since he was previously employed at GFS, Eric has been working at the Pomfret School and as a Teaching Assistant at Temple University.
Ian Bartimole will join the Lower School faculty as an assistant teacher in the first grade. Ian has a BA from Earlham College. He served as a Quaker Voluntary Service Fellow, working as an assistant teacher at Cambridge Friends School, and most recently worked at Horizon Education Centers, Paul Dunbar Elementary School location in Cleveland, Ohio.
Adria Belin joins our College Counseling team as Associate Director. Adria has a BA from Susquehanna University and an MS from Northeastern University in Leadership. Adria has dedicated her career to working in college admission and multicultural recruitment, and most recently worked at Dartmouth College, where she served as Associate Director of Admissions.
Chris Breña moves this year from his former role of Major Gifts Officer to Director of Financial Aid. Chris has a BA from Dickinson College and a Master of Education and a Doctor of Philosophy, Administration and Supervision (ABD) degree from the University of Virginia. Prior to coming to GFS two years ago, Chris worked as the Director of Enrollment Management and Admissions at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.
Benjamin Bull joins the Early Childhood Program as a Pre-K teacher at our Center City location. Ben has a BA from West Chester University and a MA in Elementary Education from Temple University, with an additional Masters degree in progress in Educational Leadership at Widener University. Ben comes to GFS from Project Learn School in Philadelphia, where he was the lead Kindergarten teacher.
Felicia Caviezel joins the Advancement team this fall in the role of Parent Relations Manager, a part-time, pilot position that will work closely with the Parents Association to support and engage the parent community. Felicia holds a Master's degree in Public Participation and Community Engagement from Northern Arizona University. In addition to her professional experience leading youth and service programs at the American Friends Service Committee, City Year Philadelphia, and the United Way, Felicia has been an active GFS parent volunteer, supporting the Friends Free Library, MLK Day of Service, and the Neighborhood Collaborative Parent Committee.
Ada Cheung joins the Theater Department as a Performing Arts Assistant. Ada has an Associate of Fine Arts degree from Bucks County Community College and a BA in Theater with a Design/Technical concentration from Temple University. Ada brings both educational and technical theater experience, having worked on a range of productions at Temple University Theater, Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA, and The Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia. In addition to her scenic theater work, Ada has also taught art as Carnell Elementary School in Philadelphia.
Elliot Coates came to GFS this spring to serve as the Interim Summer Camp Director in the Auxiliary Programs Department. Elliot studied Risk Management and Experiential Education at Thompson Rivers University and earned a Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies at Royal Roads University. Before GFS, Elliot worked for Outward Bound Canada and The Outdoor Education Group (Australia).
Katie Dougherty will be joining the Lower School faculty as an assistant teacher in fourth grade. Katie has familiarity with our GFS community as Administrative Coordinator for the Community Basketball Enrichment Camp, where she has coordinated program logistics and supported academic instruction for the last three years. Katie earned a BA in communications from Arcadia University and has held development and administrative roles at Arcadia, Girl Scouts of Eastern PA, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Tiffany Doyle, who has served as the Associate Director of Human Resources at GFS for a little over a year, will assume the role of Director of Human Resources this fall. Tiffany clerked the Diversity Hiring Committee in the 2017-18 school year and she will continue that important work this fall in addition to her new role. Tiffany has a BA from Penn State and an MS in Human Resource Management from Saint Joseph's University.
Olivia DuSold '14 is making a return to GFS several years after her own departure, now as a member of the Lower School faculty and as an assistant teacher in fifth grade. Olivia earned a degree from Haverford College, and has worked as a research assistant in labs at Haverford College and Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania.
Eddie Einbender-Luks '09 will be moving from a substitute to a part-time faculty role, teaching Spanish in the Upper School. Eddie has a degree in International Studies and Latin American Studies, with a minor in Spanish, from Dickinson College. Eddie recently managed an after-school program at The Village of Arts and Humanities in Philadelphia, and also serves as a Spanish interpreter and tutor.
Jenna Ellsworth returns to GFS as an Upper School and Middle School Spanish teacher. Jenna has an undergraduate degree in Spanish and French from Ursinus College, and a Master's degree in Spanish from Middlebury College. In addition to her time at GFS in 2015, where she was a long-term substitute, Jenna has experience teaching Spanish to adults and children in a range of settings.
Erin Funck joins the Middle School team as a Learning Specialist. Erin earned both a BS and MA at New York University, as well as an MEd. from DePaul University, with an emphasis on Special and Elementary Education. Erin comes to GFS from KIPP Philadelphia Schools, where she served as both a Behavior Coach and Lead Special Education teacher for 4th and 5th grades.
John Fuller comes to GFS as an Early Childhood Program Preschool teacher at the Center City location. John has a BA from the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico and a Masters in Education from Loyola University in Maryland. Prior to GFS, John worked as Lead Teacher in a preschool class at Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center in Washington, DC.
Rachel Greene joins our ECP Main Campus faculty as a part-time Floater/Extended Day teacher. Rachel has a BS in Education from Bloomsburg University and an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from California University of Pennsylvania. Most recently, Rachel taught Kindergarten and first grade at St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Harrisburg.
Emily Gross joins the Admissions team as our Inquiry/Application Coordinator. Emily has a BA from the University of New Hampshire and an MA from Lesley University. Before coming to GFS, Emily worked as the Assistant Director of Admissions/Admissions Coordinator at International Education Opportunities, which assists international students in applying to independent schools.
Jacqueline Harkins joined GFS earlier this year as our Accounts Receivable/Tuition Manager in the Business Office. Jackie has extensive experience working with independent schools, as she most recently spent six years at The Baldwin School in the role of Alumnae Engagement Manager. Prior to Baldwin, Jackie also worked at The Quaker School at Horsham and at Hill Top Preparatory School.
Hannah Caldwell Henderson '91, who has served as our Director of Communications and Marketing for the past three years, has accepted the role of Chief Advancement Officer. Hannah is a GFS alumna and parent, and a longtime member of our community, growing up in Germantown and attending Germantown Monthly Meeting with her family. Before joining the staff at GFS, Hannah spent 11 years at Accion, where she developed and launched their global brand and provided leadership for a successful $30 million capital campaign. Prior to Accion, Hannah worked for six years at national advertising and marketing agencies. She started her career as a Spanish teacher and coach at Kents Hill School in Maine and Dana Hall School in Massachusetts.
In her new role, Hannah will oversee both Development and Communications, which will come together as the Advancement Department. We are certain that her leadership will provide the vision and positivity we need to bring the next phase of our school's journey to life.
Madeline James joins the Lower School faculty as an assistant teacher in the fifth grade. Madeline has a BA from Swarthmore College. Most recently, Madeline worked as a lifeguard at Swarthmore College and as an intern at Main Line Day in Wayne, PA.
Jennifer Kolff is moving from an assistant teacher role into a new, full-time role of Reading and Learning Specialist in the Lower School. Jennifer has a BS in Psychology from Allegheny College and an MS in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Reading Specialist Certification from Arcadia University. Before coming to GFS, Jennifer worked as a reading tutor and a first grade teacher.
Andrew Lee, who has taught history at GFS since 2015, gains the additional role this year of Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Prior to coming to GFS, Andrew completed doctoral coursework in education at the University of Pennsylvania and taught for several years in public and independent schools in Massachusetts. Andrew has both led and participated in many conferences on topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Yi Li joins our Modern Languages Department as a Mandarin teacher. Yi earned a BA in English at Shanghai International Studies University and an MS in Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently, Yi has been serving as a Lecturer in Chinese at the University of Pennsylvania and as an Adjunct Chinese Instructor at Drexel University.
Mike Lintulahti will serve as the Interim Director of Athletics while Katie Bergstrom Mark is taking a leave of absence through November. In Mike's current role of Assistant Director of Athletics, he has handled all logistics for the GFS athletics program and served as head coach of the Girls Varsity Basketball team. Before joining the department in 2015, Mike was an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as the director of Penn's basketball camps. As the Interim Director of Athletics, Mike is excited to manage the program during the fall term, and is looking forward to working with faculty, staff, students, and parents in this new capacity.
Jessica Magin comes on board as an Early Childhood Program Pre-K teacher in Center City. Jessica has a BA from St. Lawrence University and completed a post-baccalaureate teacher certification program at Caldwell University. Before coming to GFS, Jessica was a Kindergarten lead teacher at Friends School Haverford, as well as serving as a pre-Kindergarten teacher at Friends School Haverford and Creative Care Childcare Center.
Kydlan Margulies will join the Early Childhood Program team as a Preschool teacher at the Center City location. Kydlan has a BA from McGill University and a Masters of Education in Elementary Education from DePaul University. Prior to coming to GFS, Kydlan taught Pre-K at the Chapin School in Princeton, NJ.
James (Jamie) Moon joins the Lower School faculty as an assistant teacher in the fourth grade. Jamie has a BA from Connecticut College. Jamie has taught in both Spanish and English in the US and in Peru, and most recently served as Spanish long-term substitute teacher in Westtown.
Angela Piccirillo joins our Upper School Athletics staff, serving as an assistant coach in for Cross Country in the fall, Indoor Track & Field in the winter, and Track & Field in the spring. Angela has a BS and a Master of Public Administration degree from Villanova University. Prior to coming to GFS, Angela has been serving as a graduate assistant and assistant coach in Track & Field at Villanova University.
Jessica (Jessie) Radowitz joins GFS this fall as a first grade classroom teacher. Jessie earned her BA from Kenyon College and completed an MA in Curriculum and Teaching; Elementary Education from Teachers College at Columbia University, as well as coursework at Bank Street School of Education. Jessie's made a cross-country move to come to our school, and was most recently employed by San Francisco Friends School, where she was a first grade assistant teacher and then a second grade lead teacher.
Anne Radcliffe Ross will be serving as Interim Head of the Math Department. She will also be teaching math in the Middle School. Anne is an alum of Friends' Central School, and earned her BA at Penn State and a MEd at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. Anne comes to us from The East Harlem School in New York, where she taught math and served as the Dean of Faculty and Staff.
Duane Sims has served as the Strategic Planning Program Manager for the past two years, and will move into a new role on the Human Resources team this fall as Human Resources Manager. As the Human Resources Manager, Duane will manage the logistics of various HR processes, including onboarding, benefits administration, and database maintenance.
Michelle Sonsino joined the Communications Department in the new role of Communications and Media Relations Specialist this past February. Michelle has a BS in Photojournalism from Boston University, and an MPA and a certificate in Non-Profit Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to GFS, Michelle was the Director of Development at Career Wardrobe.
Lauren Stenberg, who ran the ASPire after-school program in Center City last year, is now the new ASPire Manager. Lauren received a BS from Temple University and in the process of completing a Master's degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology. Prior to coming to GFS last year, Lauren was the General Manager of The Play Cafe in Bryn Mawr.
Carlie Sweeney comes to GFS as part of our ECP Center City team, where she will be the Floater/Extended Day teacher. In addition, she will be the ECP Movement Specialist on both campuses. Carlie has two BA degrees from Temple University, as well as a Masters of Education in Teaching from Temple. Prior to GFS, Carlie worked at Mastery Charter Schools, where, in addition to teaching Spanish, she taught yoga, social-emotional learning, and coordinated ESL.
Jamie Tomczuk joins the Upper School faculty as a history teacher. Jamie has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a MS in Secondary Education, also from the University of Pennsylvania. Jamie comes to GFS from Mastery Charter School, Shoemaker Campus, where she taught History and served as a Teacher Leader.
Clara Mariela Triana joins the Lower School faculty as a Spanish teacher. Mariela earned a BA in Education from the Universidad Pedagogica Nacional in Bogota, Colombia. Mariela comes to GFS most recently from Sandy Spring Friends School, where she taught Spanish for Pre-K through fifth grade, and she is also making a return to GFS, as she taught Spanish here part-time in the Middle and Upper School from 1999-2001.
Maggie Tulik joins the Lower School team as an assistant teacher in third grade. Maggie has two BAs from Syracuse University, and received her K-6 teaching certification from Penn State. Maggie taught all subjects in multigrade classrooms at Negtemuit Elitnauvik, a K-6 school with a dual language program in rural Alaska. She is also a certified yoga instructor.
April Tvarok comes to GFS as our interim Technical Theater Director. April has a BA in Theater from Rowan University, and was professionally trained at the Arden Theater in stage management and production and marketing. April has most recently served as Shop Foreman at Flying by Foy and Event Supervisor at the Mandell Theater at Drexel University.
Frank Van Atta comes to GFS as Choir Director. Frank earned a BA in Music Education at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music and a Master of Music degree from Temple University, Boyer College of Music. Frank comes to GFS from the Brimmer and May School in Chestnut Hill, MA, where he served as Director of Middle and Upper School Music, as well as serving as the Director of Music for St. Michael's Episcopal Church. Frank will also be serving as a ninth grade advisor.
Jeffrey Waldman will wear many hats this fall at GFS, teaching Computer Science, Film, and Media Studies in the Upper School. Jeffrey has a BA from the University of Michigan and a diploma in Digital Design from Vancouver Film School. In addition to working recently for Zivtech, a digital agency, Jeffrey is the proprietor of Peartree4Productions, a digital design firm focused on illustration and user experience design. Jeffrey, a graphic novelist, is author of Megillat Esther and Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me, which he co-created with Harvey Pekar.
Timothy Wood comes on board as our new Archivist. Tim, who co-wrote the book GFS: A Photographic History, 1845-2015 with our former Archivist Kate Stover, has an MA in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania, experience with historic preservation in Philadelphia, a deep understanding of Philadelphia history, experience with archives and research, and seventeen years of connection with GFS.
Matthew Young joins GFS as Division Director of the Upper School. Matthew has a BA in Field Biology from Hampshire College, and an MA in Biology from Binghamton University. Matthew's diverse career in independent school communities has spanned continents and embraced a wide range of roles. Most recently, Matthew served as the Associate Dean for Learning and Innovation at African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Prior to his time in South Africa, Matthew served in the progressive roles of teacher, chair of the Science Department, Director of the Middle School, and Director of Alumni Engagement at Hawken School in Lyndhurst, Ohio. Prior to the Hawken School, Matthew was the Middle School Director at Laurel School in Shaker Heights, Ohio for four years. In the Republic of Macedonia, Matthew served as founding Assistant Principal of NOVA International Schools. In addition to his classroom-based experience, Matthew has also directed, supported, and taught travel/study programs in the US, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Russia. We're delighted to have Matthew on board, steering the Upper School to great things.
Kate Zipin '05 joins the Middle School Science faculty. Following her graduation from GFS, Kate obtained a BS from Oberlin College. Kate has lately been at GFS as a girls soccer coach, a role she will retain, and as a long-term substitute teacher in Upper School Science. As well as coaching, Kate has also recently worked as a paralegal and a private tutor, and is the founder and director of Own Your Awesomeness.