We are excited to welcome our new faculty and staff to GFS. Learn about some of the new members of our community below. We will continue to add bios over the next few weeks, so check back in!
Alexandra DeGeorge joins the Lower School faculty as a first grade assistant teacher. She has interned at a number of schools in Philadelphia, including Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Elementary. Alexandra earned her B.A. in elementary education in 2019 and graduated with her M.S. in reading, writing, literacy—and earned her reading specialist certification—from the University of Pennsylvania in August.
After joining GFS last year, Maddie Biletz returns to the Early Childhood team as a full-time teacher this fall. As part of the Extended Day team, she implemented programming to build community, uphold social-emotional skills, and encourage fine motor development, adapting her teaching methods to the needs and abilities of all students. Maddie received her B.S. in fashion merchandising and marketing from Thomas Jefferson University and has served as an adjunct professor of sustainability and eco-innovations.
Elias Duthinh is a new first grade assistant teacher this fall in the Lower School. He returns to GFS after serving as a frequent substitute teacher for Middle and Upper School math and science classes. Elias led the Middle school girls and boys tennis programs at GFS and will continue to serve as a tennis coach this year. Previously, he worked at Oberlin College, where he received his B.A. in biology.
We are delighted to welcome Annie Errickson as our new Kindergarten teacher. Annie comes to GFS from the San Domenico School in California, where she taught fourth grade language arts and served as the Lower School Technology Facilitator. She has also taught Kindergarten and first grade at Aspire Berkley Maynard Academy. She holds a B.A. in elementary education and social studies from Caldwell University and earned her CLAD certification in 2016.
Alicia Frausto comes to GFS as a third grade assistant teacher this fall. Over the past few years, they held roles in education, communications, and community outreach. Alicia was a guest educator for Enriched Schools in Philadelphia, participated in Americorps, and worked as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at the Telangana Social Welfare Residential School for Girls in India. They earned a M.S. in education from the University of Pennsylvania and their dual B.A. in international relations and Spanish from Claremont McKenna College.
A warm welcome to Nathaniel Gabor, who joins the Lower School faculty as a first grade assistant teacher. Previously, Nathaniel worked as a summer day-camp counselor and facilitator at the Milton Recreation Department in Vermont. He recently graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a B.A. in writing.
Ilana Goldfus brings a wide range of administrative and organizational skills to her new role as Database Manager in the Advancement department. After working as a development associate at Green Street Friends, Illana joined the Museum of the American Revolution, where she oversaw the museum's long list of databases and created the new donor system manual. She has experience with a number of software programs, including Raiser's Edge, Research Point, Donor Perfect, Constant Contact, and more.
Jeff Jacoby is the newest member of our maintenance and grounds crew, joining the team as Maintenance Supervisor. Jeff is responsible for the daily operations, maintenance, and facilities support of all academic and associated campus buildings, grounds, and utility infrastructure. Prior to GFS, Jeff was a maintenance supervisor for the Mt. Holly School District and an independent electrical contractor.
We are excited to welcome Michele Levin to the math department after she served as 9th and 10th grade dean and taught chemistry, physics, biology, and interdisciplinary studies at St. Ann's School for eight years. Michele is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and serves as a COVID-19 Pandemic Team Leader at GFS. She completed her three-year residency at New York Presbyterian/Children's Hospital of New York in 2011, where she received an American Academy of Pediatrics Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) grant to present health seminars to public high school teachers. Michele is also a Fulbright Scholar and performed genetics research at the Hôpital Necker Enfants-Malades in France.
Danita Knight Paulis brings 19 years of teaching experience to the Lower School this fall. As a first grade teacher, she will support and enrich GFS' curriculum with a focus on exploration, inspiration, and discovery for young learners. Danita has taught at a variety of schools in the Northeast, including Friends Central School, The Friends School of Baltimore, Scotts Branch Elementary, Westorchard Elementary, and PS 15 Roberto Clemente School. She holds a M.S. in elementary education from the University of Pennsylvania.
Pamela Pisone joins the Upper School as a Directed Independent Study teacher for Italian. She has spent the past five years as a lecturer in the Italian department at Bryn Mawr College, where she taught up to six courses at the beginner level. She has also taught the language as an adjunct instructor at Temple University. She earned her M.A. in Teaching, Italian language and literature, from the University for Foreigners of Siena, Italy.
Eva Porter comes to GFS from Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, where she was the founding faculty and chair of the science department. In her tenure at the high school, she developed and implemented curriculum for 9th grade biology, AP biology, engineering, and data analytics courses for Philadelphia students. Previously, she taught science in the School District of Osceola County, Florida and the Academy of Mt. St. Ursula in New York. She received her M.S. in teaching adolescent science from Fordham University and her B.A. from Manhattanville College. Eva will teach science and computer science at GFS this fall.
We welcome Rory Schonning to the Lower School teaching staff as an assistant second grade teacher. Previously, Rory worked as a tech tutor, teacher, childcare provider, rowing coach, and a research assistant. He received his B.A. in education and religious studies from Eugene Lang College and currently, he is a full-time student, pursuing his master's degree in library and information science at Drexel University.
Keino Terrell joins GFS as our new Director of Middle School. Keino came to us from Friends’ Central School, where he was named Assistant Principal in 2016. For 23 years, he served in various roles at FCS, including Dean of Students, Diversity Coordinator, English and Language Arts teacher, and Director of the Summer Outreach Program. He received his Master of Education from the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. in speech communications from Shippensburg University. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership from Temple University’s Graduate School of Education. Read our Q&A interview with Keino to learn more!
Ingrid Yuryev brings over 16 years of secondary and university admissions experience to her new role as Director of Early Childhood Admissions. Before joining GFS, Ingrid worked as the Director of Admission and Financial Aid for the Barrie School in Maryland, where she oversaw all admissions policies and procedures for students from 12 months through grade 12. She holds a masters in education and a B.A. in sociology from the University of Vermont.
Kelly Wright is our new Manager of Enrollment Services in the Admissions Office. For the past four years, she has served in various roles in communications, administration, and project management. As Director of Operations for Space & Company in Philadelphia, she led a website redesign and created weekly sales and data reports. As the former Director of an Ed-Tech start-up, she implemented and reported on program outcomes centered around innovative ideas in teaching and learning. Kelly earned her M.F.A in visual art and B.F.A. in photography and imaging from Washington University. She received her B.B.A in finance from Georgia State University.